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Understanding Dilaudid Addiction

Dilaudid-treatment-center-optionsDilaudid is a prescription pain medication and it’s part of the ongoing opioid epidemic that’s affecting the U.S. The active ingredient in this potent drug is hydromorphone, classified as a schedule II controlled substance in the U.S.

Whether someone starts out using Dilaudid because they are prescribed to, or they use it recreationally, it has significant risks. Addiction and dependence are two of those risks. Someone addicted to this drug will often require professional Dilaudid treatment.

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What is Addiction?

“Addiction is a complex condition, a brain disease that is manifested by compulsive substance use despite harmful consequences,” according to the American Psychiatric Association.

When someone is addicted to a substance like Dilaudid, it takes over their thoughts and their actions. It’s a key area of focus for them, and someone with an addiction disorder will often neglect other interests and responsibilities to instead focus on obtaining, using or recovering from the effects of Dilaudid.

When someone is struggling with a substance use disorder, it changes their thinking, their behavior, how their brain functions and their physical health. Addiction and exposure to opioids like Dilaudid change the wiring of the brain, and it’s very difficult to combat any level of addiction without professional treatment.

Research shows that brain imaging reflects changes in certain areas of the brain when someone has an addiction disorder. The areas of the brain affected are widespread and include the parts that control judgment, decision-making, behavior control, learning, and memory.

All of these considerations need to be reflected in addiction treatment for Dilaudid or any other substance.

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How Is Addiction Treated?

There are many different types of treatment approaches for Dilaudid addiction. However, there are some general concepts of effective treatment outlined by the American Psychiatric Association.

These concepts include:

  • Recognition of a problem is one of the initial steps that need to be made in the treatment process. If a person doesn’t recognize a problem, or they don’t understand the severity and the effects of the problem, treatment may not be effective. Sometimes getting someone to understand they have a problem requires an intervention with loved ones.
  • Addiction is a diagnosable disorder. A health professional can go through the criteria for diagnosing an addiction to Dilaudid or any substance, and then can determine the severity of the diagnosed addiction.
  • Due to the complex nature of addiction and the fact that it affects so many areas of a person’s life, treatment needs to be multifaceted. Most treatment programs approach addiction in multiple ways, such as group and individual therapy, as well as supplemental therapies.
  • Sometimes medication may be used as part of an opioid addiction treatment program.
  • Because addiction is classified as a chronic disorder, treatment often needs to be ongoing and may require long-term monitoring and follow-up to prevent relapse.

Therapy Used in Dilaudid Treatment

Opium-Treatment-Clinic-Recovery-HealingThe types of therapy and the specific treatment approaches used for addiction vary depending on the individual’s treatment plan, mental and physical health history, and also the treatment center.

Some of the types of therapy or approaches that might be used to help someone with an addiction to Dilaudid or other prescription opioids can include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy is one of the most commonly utilized forms of therapy in addiction treatment. Cognitive-behavioral therapy serves as a way to help people with addiction disorders to understand their own thoughts, attitudes, and beliefs and as a result of that understanding, ultimately change their behavior.
  • Group therapy is often used as part of addiction treatment. This can be based on a 12-step framework or other forms of group therapy. The group element of addiction treatment is important because it creates a sense of support, shared experiences, and also accountability.
  • Individual therapy, which can include cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational therapy, or other forms of treatment is also a part of addiction treatment. Motivational interviewing is a specific form of therapy where the person works to change their behavior and complete treatment based on their own internal sense of motivation.

Dual Diagnosis Treatment

Often addiction occurs along with other mental health disorders. This is called a co-occurring disorder, and it requires a type of treatment known as a dual diagnosis care.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that as many as six out of every ten people with a substance use disorder also have another mental illness. It is more complex to treat addiction when it occurs along with another mental health disorder.

When someone begins treatment, if dual diagnosis care is provided there will be a plan for treating each disorder separately, but also treating them in the ways that they intersect with one another. Treating both conditions at the same time in an integrated way usually leads to the best outcomes for patients.

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Principles of Effective Dilaudid Treatment

Dilaudid-Treatment-Detox-Recovery-LifeRegardless of the severity of someone’s addiction to Dilaudid, or the specifics of their treatment program, there are some elements that can help improve outcomes. Principles of treatment include:

  • No single form of addiction treatment is right for everyone, and for addiction treatment to be effective, it needs to be highly individualized and tailored to the needs of the specific person.
  • Addiction is a complex disease, but it’s also treatable. It’s important that a treatment program takes into account the changes that occur in the brain as a result of drug exposure.
  • For the best outcomes, treatment needs to be quickly available to people when they’re ready.
  • The earlier someone gets treatment, the better the outcomes often are.
  • A person is more than their drug use and addiction. Effective treatment should address the holistic needs of the person.
  • It’s essential to remain in treatment for enough time. For most people, the longer they stay in treatment, the less likely they are to relapse. A quality treatment program should work on putting in place strategies that keep patients engaged.
  • A person’s individual treatment plan won’t stay the same over time. It should change, as the person progresses and their needs change.
  • Effective treatment isn’t always voluntary.
  • Long-term follow-up and monitoring are critical parts of relapse prevention.

If you would like to learn more about Dilaudid addiction, and what treatment options are available we encourage you to contact Amethyst Recovery.

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