Medication-Assisted Treatment for Dilaudid Addiction

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Understanding Dilaudid Abuse

Understanding Dilaudid Abuse Recovery

Dilaudid is a schedule II controlled substance that is in the opioid agonist category. This narcotic medication is prescribed to treat moderate to severe chronic pain. Also going by its generic name, hydromorphone hydrochloride, Dilaudid has the highest potential for abuse by those who take it. Dilaudid targets the pain-sensing parts of the brain and works as a numbing agent. This numbing effect allows the body to tolerate excessive levels of pain. When consumed, Dilaudid can create a euphoric high as well as feelings of relaxation. These feelings are said to be more intense than those felt during the consumption of morphine.

Because Dilaudid is extremely addictive, many become trapped in what feels like a never-ending cycle of addiction. However, there are options for treatment that can help people to regain their lives. One option is the use of a medication-assisted treatment program.

Medication-assisted treatment uses specific prescription medications in a highly regulated environment to lower cravings for Dilaudid and help to prevent painful withdrawal symptoms. These prescription medications are closely monitored under the medical staff at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers to ensure that each patient is receiving the proper treatment for his or her addiction. Our team of professionals helps tailor individualized plans for each patient to guarantee that a successful road to recovery is laid out for everyone who walks through our doors.

Types of Treatment Offered

Types of Treatment Offered for Dilaudid Abuse at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers

At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we are a network of providers that provide outpatient care for both men and women, ages 18 and older, who are struggling with an addiction to Dilaudid. Our staff is comprised of nurses, physicians, and counselors who are specially trained in the field of addiction. Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers takes a medical and therapeutic approach to the treatment we provide by offering a variety of medication-assisted treatments, as well as therapeutic services, that include the following:

Methadone: Research has verified that the use of methadone under the supervision of a medical professional is a safe and effective way to treat opioid addiction. Methadone activates the same receptors in the brain that Dilaudid does. Methadone however, does not produce the same euphoric high that Dilaudid does. Because a high is not produced, individuals taking methadone are able to go about daily life in an uninterrupted manner (driving, attending school, and going to work) without experiencing the painful withdrawal symptoms that can take place when Dilaudid is exiting the system.

Suboxone: Suboxone is a combination of naloxone and buprenorphine that works by suppressing cravings and lowering withdrawal symptoms. Suboxone is a FDA (U.S Food and Drug Administration) approved medication that allows an individual to take it without experiencing a Dilaudid-related high. The naloxone portion of the drug focuses on protecting the user against drug overdose, while the buprenorphine portion gives the individual relief from withdrawal symptoms and additional cravings.

Subutex (Buprenorphine): Subutex, like Suboxone, contains buprenorphine. Buprenorphine gives the individual relief from painful withdrawal symptoms as well as cravings for more of the drug. Unlike Suboxone, Subutex does not contain naloxone, which is why many medication-assisted treatment programs will begin patients on Subutex and then transition them onto Suboxone later on for long-term maintenance.

Vivitrol: Vivitrol is designed to be the longest-lasting medication option. Vivitrol is comprised of naltrexone hydrochloride, which prevents individuals from experiencing painful withdrawal symptoms while also suppressing any cravings for Dilaudid. Unlike Suboxone, methadone, and Subutex, Vivitrol is administered once monthly via injection (the others are taken orally daily).

Individual therapy: The professionally trained staff at Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers believes that the success of any medication-assisted treatment program is dependent on the treatment plan as a whole. Another component of treatment is the psychological portion, which is why individual therapy is offered as a tool to help those struggling with addiction. Individual therapy sessions are designed as a way for patients to meet in a safe environment and discuss their progress, concerns, and questions one-on-one with a trained counselor in a private setting.

Group therapy: Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers also offer group therapy sessions for all patients to participate in. These counselor-led sessions are designed for individuals to openly discuss their progress amongst others who are also battling addiction. This environment allows patients to gain support and encouragement from others who truly understand the struggles that go along with regaining a sober life. Sessions are structured to allow every participant the opportunity to walk away with a sense of encouragement and hope.

Why Consider Treatment

Why Consider Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers for Dilaudid Abuse

Addiction to Dilaudid is an extremely difficult uphill battle to overcome. However, it is not impossible. Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers are here to help defeat your addiction and achieve sober living once again. Dilaudid addiction not only affects individuals on a physical level, but on a psychological level as well. Dilaudid can lead to the development of cancer, weaken the immune system, and suppress the ability to regulate breathing. Dilaudid is also associated with depressive episodes, heightened levels of paranoia, and extreme levels of anxiety.

Although overcoming this powerful addiction may feel impossible to defeat, there are options available. At Central Virginia Comprehensive Treatment Centers, we have built a qualified and dedicated staff that is here to ensure that you receive an individualized treatment plan to meet your goals for a sober life. You deserve to be living a healthy life full of happiness, and we are here to help you achieve these goals.