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How to Get Dilaudid Help for Yourself or Family

Facility-Detox-Blocks-Rehabilitation-Center-Treatment-Dilaudid is a prescription, brand-name drug. The active ingredient, hydromorphone, is a powerful opioid narcotic. Opioids are pain medications that affect the brain and the central nervous system. When someone uses Dilaudid, it alters the sending of pain signals to the brain, and at the same time changes the user’s emotional response to pain.

Unfortunately, while opioids like Dilaudid might be effective pain relievers, they are also very addictive. Dilaudid and other drugs like it are classified in the U.S. as schedule II controlled substances. A schedule II controlled substance is one that has approved medical uses, but is believed to be highly habit-forming, both physically and psychologically.

Abuse Defined

Dilaudid abuse refers to any scenario where someone is using the drug outside of how it’s prescribed or using the opioid without a prescription. When someone abuses Dilaudid, they’re more likely to develop an addiction. An addiction to Dilaudid is a situation where the use of the drug is out of the control of the individual. Drug use isn’t a choice and is instead compulsive.

In these situations, seeking a Dilaudid facility for treatment is important. The opioid epidemic is claiming tens of thousands of lives a year. To avoid a fatal overdose or a life plagued by the effects of addiction, seeking treatment is essential.

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Medication-Assisted Treatment

One approach to treating addiction sometimes utilized is called medication-assisted treatment or MAT. MAT is a treatment approach integrating the use of certain medications as well as rehab or therapy. Medication-assisted treatment can be effective, but it’s not without possible downsides.

Two drugs that are approved as MAT options for opioid addiction and dependence are methadone and buprenorphine. Both methadone and buprenorphine are themselves mild opioids. They affect the same receptors in the brain as Dilaudid, but they aren’t as potent.

These drugs can help someone avoid opioid withdrawal symptoms and eliminate drug cravings so they can seek treatment. The problem with drugs like buprenorphine and especially methadone is that these drugs can lead to their own dependence problems.

Behavioral Therapy

Regardless of the specific type of addiction treatment facility a person chooses for Dilaudid, it’s likely going to utilize some form of behavioral therapy. Behavioral therapy is a very broad term used to describe the different forms of therapy to treat mental health disorders, including addiction.

The goal of behavioral therapy is to help patients identify their unhealthy or self-destructive behaviors and ultimately change them. The idea with forms of behavioral therapy is that harmful behaviors are learned, and as a result can be changed. One of the most common forms of behavioral therapy used at addiction facilities is cognitive-behavioral therapy.

Along with medication and behavioral therapies, sometimes a rehab facility might use holistic treatment approaches. This can include a variety of different treatment approaches that deal with the whole person, including their mental and physical health.

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Types of Dilaudid Facilities

All addiction treatment facilities are unique from one another in their amenities, their treatment approach, and the details of what the day-to-day might look like for patients. However, there are some general types of addiction treatment facility categories to consider.

Private Rehabs

Private rehab facilities are the types of treatment centers people most commonly attend when they’re struggling with an addiction to a drug like Dilaudid. Private rehab is paid for by patients, although in many cases insurance will cover some or all of the costs. Private rehab can include inpatient treatment, outpatient programs, day treatment, and other options.

A private rehab tends to be accessible, and people can often start treatment relatively quickly. Private rehab centers can vary from simple, straightforward centers, all the way up to luxury rehabs where amenities are abundant.

Non-Profit Rehab Facilities

An alternative to a private rehab facility is a non-profit treatment center.

Non-profit rehabs tend to have the same level of care as what you would find at a private rehab. However, the costs are lower. Some non-profit rehabs may not charge patients at all, while others might operate on an income-based sliding scale.

While the lower cost can be an advantage of attending a non-profit rehab facility, spots are often very limited for these treatment centers. It can be difficult to get into a non-profit rehab facility, and there are often long waiting lists for this type of treatment facility.

Government-Funded Treatment

Treatment-Private-Facility-Recovery-Rehab-Clinic-LuxuryThere are government-funded rehab programs available, most of which are operated by state governments.

A government-funded rehab program might be the right fit for a person who doesn’t have insurance, or who has limited insurance coverage. Most government-funded treatment centers do provide detox, as well as treatment and other supportive services.

Frequently, government-funded rehab centers are included as part of other programs such as criminal justice programs.

The requirements to go to a government-funded Dilaudid treatment center can vary depending on the state, but often people have to show that they are a resident of the particular state where they’re seeking treatment.

Other Dilaudid Treatment Facilities

Private, non-profit and government-funded rehab are all very broad categories. There are some more specific facility classifications as well.

Luxury Rehab

Often when we hear about celebrities and high-profile people going for addiction treatment, they will go to a luxury rehab.

The definition of a luxury rehab might vary from person-to-person, but these treatment facilities can cost tens of thousands of dollars a month. A luxury rehab can often seem more like a resort than a treatment facility.

While a luxury rehab might be comfortable and pleasant, attending one of these high-end rehabs doesn’t necessarily mean you’re going to get better quality treatment than you might elsewhere.

Long-Term Facilities

Treating addiction, especially to potent opioids like Dilaudid, can be a long-term process. For people with severe addictions or co-occurring mental health disorders, a long-term rehab facility may be the right treatment option.

Long-term rehab may last for anywhere from 120 to 180 days, or even longer in some cases.

There are intensive and structured treatments that take place at a long-term facility, and the goal isn’t just to address the addiction. It’s to help the person be able to live a normal, productive and thriving life once they leave treatment.

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How to Select a Treatment Facility

Facility-Detox-Inpatient-Treatment-Center-Sign-PostBecause of the large number of addiction treatment facilities in the U.S., it can be difficult to know which one might be right for you or your loved one. The following are some things to consider and keep in mind:

  • What are the specific needs of the person who will be going to a treatment facility? Are there mental or physical health concerns that will need to be addressed and treated along with addiction?
  • What’s the severity of the addiction? Not every addiction treatment program is going to work well for someone with a severe and long-term Dilaudid addiction.
  • Does the person going to treatment have adequate insurance that will cover some or all of the costs? If not, how will treatment costs be covered?
  • Where is the facility located? Is it out-of-state? This can work well for some people so they can focus on addiction treatment, but it might not necessarily work for everyone.
  • Is the person who needs help going to be resistant to going to a treatment facility? Will an intervention be necessary?

All are important considerations, as are many others. If you would like to further explore treatment options for opioid addiction and in particular, Dilaudid addiction, contact Amethyst Recovery.

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