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Dilaudid Addiction

Residential-Facility-Courtyard-Recovery-Detox-RehabHydromorphone is the active ingredient contained in the brand-name, prescription drug Dilaudid. Dilaudid is intended to be used to treat severe pain, but it is a drug of abuse as well. Hydromorphone is an opioid, also called a narcotic. Hydromorphone alters how the brain functions, which changes the way pain signals are sent, and consequently, the emotional experience a person has surrounding pain.

While Dilaudid does have accepted medical uses in the U.S., it also has a high potential to become habit-forming. If a person is addicted to Dilaudid, their use is compulsive and out of their control. Dilaudid can also lead to the development of dependence. Drug dependence requires a medical detox in many cases, to reduce the risk of medical or psychological complications.

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Dilaudid Treatment Options

If someone is addicted to Dilaudid or other opioids, they have many treatment options available to them. Choosing the right one for their needs is essential. Dilaudid treatment options include:

  • Medical detox
  • Short-term residential rehab
  • Long-term residential rehab
  • Partial hospitalization or day treatment
  • Outpatient rehab
  • 12-step programs or support groups
  • Sober living houses

For most people, the starting point in treatment for a Dilaudid addiction is a medical detox. Medical detox can occur at a standalone or outpatient facility, but more often it’s part of residential rehab. During detox, patients are monitored and supervised as the drugs leave their system. A medical detox isn’t a treatment for addiction. Instead, it’s a necessary first step to addiction treatment.

Following a medical detox, most people who have an opioid addiction will go into some type of inpatient or residential rehab program. Residential rehab has many advantages for people who are addicted to opioids, particularly in the earliest days of their treatment.

Residential rehab provides a safe, supervised, structured and supportive environment. It’s a place where patients can’t come and go as they choose, and this reduces the risk of a relapse. It’s also a calm environment, which is beneficial when someone is coming out of the chaotic environment that usually surrounds addiction.

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How Long Does Residential Rehab Last?

When someone is thinking about seeking treatment for Dilaudid dependence and addiction, one of the first questions they typically have is how long residential rehab would last.

In short, it depends.

There are shorter-term inpatient rehab programs, as well as long-term residential rehabs.

A typical short-term inpatient rehab stay would typically be around 30 days and then following that initial month, the patient would move into a lower level of care. Anything less than 30 days spent in inpatient rehab isn’t likely to be as successful as a treatment that lasts for longer.

While that might be the average time someone spends in inpatient rehab, it depends significantly on an individual’s treatment plan. If there are multiple drugs someone is addicted to, or they have a severe, long-term addiction, their treatment plan may indicate a stay longer than 30 days. Once someone moves past the first month of treatment, it can be considered more of a long-term residential rehab.

Regardless of how long someone is supposed to stay in inpatient rehab, they do have to spend the night there, and they can’t leave the facility anytime they want.

Therapeutic Communities

Detox-Treatment-Inpatient-Residential-Facility-Overview-RehabilitationTherapeutic communities are another type of residential rehab that can be used to treat an addiction to Dilaudid. A therapeutic community is very holistic in approach. This form of treatment is about helping someone make lifestyle changes, in addition to treating the actual addiction.

There is a significant focus on the chronic and relapsing elements of Dilaudid addiction in a therapeutic community.

Residential treatment in a therapeutic community differs from a shorter-term inpatient program in a few ways. Along with the length of the treatment, the focus of inpatient short-term rehab is on stopping drug use and helping someone stay abstinent from the drug they’re being treated for.

In a therapeutic community, it’s more about helping someone make a complete lifestyle change. There are concepts that are emphasized in a therapeutic community such as the importance of taking responsibility and working hard.

The goal when someone participates in treatment at a therapeutic community is that they leave treatment drug-free, and ready to go to work or school and be very productive. There is more of a focus on self-help in therapeutic communities as well as social support, as compared to shorter-term treatment facilities.

Sober Living Homes

Sober living homes are also a type of residential addiction treatment. A sober living home is one where people live together for a period of time as they develop a healthy lifestyle, including healthy attitudes and coping skills.

Someone might move into a sober living home after acute inpatient care if they aren’t ready to fully return home and to society without a more supportive environment. Someone who’s participating in day treatment or a partial hospitalization program might also return to a sober living home in the evenings after treatment ends.

A sober living home offers independence and freedom to come and go for the most part, yet there are still some rules and guidelines residents have to follow. For example, people in a sober living home may have to follow curfews and attend 12-step or other group meetings.

While in sober living, residents might start rebuilding relationships with friends and family, looking for work or going to work, and finding housing where they’ll move once their time is done in the sober living house.

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Finding a Residential Rehab Program

Detox-Inpatient-Treatment-Residential-Palm-Trees-Sunrise-RecoveryWhen you’re struggling with an addiction to Dilaudid or other opioids, it’s important to have a treatment plan that includes some component of residential rehab. Residential rehab, whether short or long-term, has many benefits.

Residential rehab reduces the chaos and eliminates the triggers and stresses in a person’s life that could contribute to the potential for a relapse. There is also a sense of support from staff members and other residents that is so essential during treatment and recovery.

Residential rehab provides a safe environment where a person can really focus on what they’re there to do, without the outside distractions. If you’d like to learn more about what short and long-term residential rehab options are available for people with a Dilaudid addiction, contact Amethyst Recovery today.

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