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What Is Dilaudid?

Dilaudid-Outpatient-Detox-Addiction-Treatment-RecoveryDilaudid is a powerful prescription drug, and it’s intended to be reserved only for instances of severe pain, where other treatments won’t work for whatever reason. Dilaudid’s active ingredient is the opioid hydromorphone, which is a schedule II controlled substance in the U.S. There is a high likelihood that people who use Dilaudid will become addicted and dependent.

Prescription drugs are one of the key reasons people seek inpatient and outpatient rehab. Dilaudid outpatient rehab is just one type of program available to people, but it’s not the right option for everyone, at least not at the beginning of their treatment journey.

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Prescription Drug Abuse

“Misuse of prescription drugs means taking a medication in a manner or dose other than what’s prescribed,” according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Anytime a prescription drug is used for a non-medical purpose, it’s considered abuse. While prescription drug abuse isn’t the same as addiction, abuse often leads to addiction.

Opioids are the most commonly abused class of prescription drugs. Opioids like Dilaudid have serious risks associated with their non-medical use, including not only addiction and dependence, but also overdose.

The increasing rate of prescription drug abuse has consequently led to more visits to the emergency room, more overdose deaths, and more people seeking addiction treatment.

The Importance Of Seeking Treatment

Because of the deadly nature of these drugs, seeking addiction treatment is important when someone is dealing with prescription drug abuse. Prescription drugs like Dilaudid are central nervous system depressants, meaning the slow the functionality of the CNS. The CNS is responsible for heart rate and breathing. When someone overdoses, they’ve taken a dose of Dilaudid their body can’t handle.

When seeking addiction treatment for opioids like Dilaudid, there are options available such as inpatient rehab, partial hospitalization, and outpatient rehab.

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What is Dilaudid Outpatient Treatment?

Outpatient rehab for Dilaudid addiction doesn’t require a patient to check into an overnight facility. Instead, the person will attend different treatment and therapy sessions as scheduled.

Features of outpatient rehab include:

  • Unlike inpatient rehab, patients don’t have to stay overnight
  • Outpatient rehab can vary significantly in the required time commitment and the intensity of treatment
  • Someone shouldn’t start with outpatient rehab unless they have a very mild addiction or a short-term Dilaudid addiction
  • Patients are expected to be able to remain accountable for themselves and avoid drugs during the time they’re not in treatment
  • Some outpatient rehab programs will include treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders and medication management, but not all do
  • Outpatient rehab can work well for someone who can’t leave their job, their family or their school for treatment.
  • Outpatient rehab can be very flexible. In addition to the ability to come and go, it can often be scheduled around the patient’s needs.

Outpatient rehab can occur at a treatment center. It can also occur at a mental health clinic, a mental health services providers’ office, or a hospital.

What Is Outpatient Rehab Like?

Dilaudid-Outpatient-Rehab-Clinic-SignOutpatient rehab can vary quite a bit in the intensity of treatment and the programs. On the lowest end of the intensity, there are drug education classes. Drug education may be something that’s court-ordered, and it’s very informal with little to no personalized treatment.

Then, there are more personal outpatient rehabs which may include a combination of individual and group therapy.

Finally, there are also intensive outpatient programs or IOPs. These are the outpatient rehab options most often offered by residential rehab centers. With an intensive outpatient program, patients are expected to participate in treatment sessions that are several hours a day, at least a few days a week.

Theoretically, you might also consider a partial hospitalization program or PHP as outpatient rehab, since patients return home or to a sober living facility at night. However, a PHP is more similar to an inpatient rehab program than outpatient treatment.

What Are the Benefits of Outpatient Rehab?

Some of the pros of participating in an outpatient rehab program include:

  • Participants don’t have to stop working for a period of time or think about the loss of income or how to pay their bills.
  • Outpatient rehab allows people to continue living in their home environment, with their family or loved ones.
  • Outpatient rehab is less expensive than inpatient treatment.

While there are benefits, there are also downsides of outpatient rehab that a patient has to consider. If someone chooses outpatient rehab instead of inpatient rehab, the treatment might not be comprehensive or thorough enough. Outpatient rehab also provides more opportunities for a person to relapse, especially early in their recovery.

If someone has a chaotic, stressful or difficult home life, outpatient rehab can be problematic as well, since they are spending most of their time in that environment.

Rather than starting with outpatient Dilaudid rehab, the better option is typically for a person to start with the higher levels of intensity, such as inpatient rehab. Then, as they learn and grow in their recovery, they can gradually work their way into a lower-intensity outpatient rehab.

12-Step Programs

Some people consider participation in a 12-step program to be a follow-up and a long-term management plan for continual recovery after outpatient rehab. Others might consider a 12-step program, in and of itself, to be a form of outpatient rehab.

Either way, participating in a support and recovery group such as Narcotics Anonymous is important for people struggling with Dilaudid addiction. These programs are available in cities and towns throughout the U.S. and the world. Once someone completes their formal treatment program, participating in one of these groups can help them remain strong in their desire to remain drug-free. If someone doesn’t prefer a 12-step program, there are other recovery groups available such as Smart Recovery.

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Choosing An Outpatient Rehab

Dilaudid-Outpatient-Addiction-Recovery-Treatment-InformationIf you believe that you or your loved one would benefit from addiction treatment, an important first step is getting in touch with a professional. Outpatient rehab isn’t going to be the right treatment starting point for everyone, but talking with an addiction treatment professional can help you figure out what your path might look like. Contact Amethyst Recovery for more information.

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