Dilaudid Detox

The first step in the addiction recovery process is detox. Detox is the process of ridding your body of harmful substances so that the body and brain can begin healing.

Dilaudid detox can cause potentially life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, so it’s critical to be under the care and supervision of medical professionals. Restorations Health Care has experienced medical detox specialists who can help you detox from Dilaudid in a safe environment located in Anaheim, CA.

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What is Dilaudid Detox?

Dilaudid detox is the process in which you rid your body of all the Dilaudid that was in it. Dilaudid is the brand name of the opioid hydromorphone. 

Since Dilaudid is an opioid, it can be highly addictive. It can also cause extreme and severe opiate withdrawal symptoms during detox. 

As with most opioids and opiates, taking Dilaudid for more than two weeks consecutively can increase the risk of dependency and addiction, leading to withdrawal symptoms. Dilaudid abuse can also lead to dependency and addiction issues as well.

Symptoms of Dilaudid Withdrawal

If your body and brain have become dependent on Dilaudid, you will experience withdrawal symptoms once the Dilaudid wears off and begins to leave your system. These withdrawal symptoms result from your body and brain rebelling because it needs Dilaudid and isn’t getting it.

You’ll start feeling withdrawal symptoms from Dilaudid as soon as four to eight hours after you took your last dose. Symptoms can last for days or even weeks before subsiding and may require medical attention.

Common side effects and symptoms of Dilaudid withdrawal include:

  • Intense cravings
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Spasms
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Cognitive issues
  • Loss of appetite
  • Chills
  • Runny nose
  • Sweating
  • Fever
  • Dilated pupils
  • High blood pressure

The symptoms of Dilaudid withdrawal aren’t just unpleasant, they can potentially be dangerous if not properly monitored and treated. That is just one of the many reasons why when it comes time to detox and withdraw from Dilaudid, you do it under the care and supervision of the trained medical professionals at Restorations Health Care.

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Dilaudid Withdrawl Timeline

The length of time it takes to detox from any substance, including Dilaudid, can vary based on a variety of factors including:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Health
  • The severity of the substance abuse addiction
  • The length of time you took Dilaudid for
  • Co-Occurring disorders
  • The amount of Dilaudid you were taking

Typically, the Dilaudid detoxing process takes anywhere from one to two weeks. Below is a basic seven-day Dilaudid withdrawal timeline for Dilaudid detox and withdrawal.

Day 1 (Admission)

Within hours of taking your last Dilaudid dose, you will experience some initial withdrawal symptoms. Early in the withdrawal process, these symptoms center mainly around the thought of taking Dilaudid. You may experience feelings of anxiety and restlessness as it pertains to Dilaudid. You will also likely experience cravings.

While not always the case, some people may experience more extreme and severe peak symptoms within the first 24 hours. Since everyone reacts differently to stopping Dilaudid, it is crucial to start your detox under medical care and supervision as soon as possible after your last dose.

Days 2-4

For most people, symptoms will peak during this time. Symptoms will be most intense during that 48-72 hour window before slowly starting to fade. 

During this period, you will likely experience some of the more unpleasant physical symptoms of withdrawal, such as: 

  • Mood swings
  • Intense cravings
  • Insomnia
  • Sweating
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Nausea, Vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Rapid heart rate
  • High blood pressure

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During this peak symptom period, doctors will likely give you medications to help cut down on the cravings and alleviate some of the severe pain that comes with the physical symptoms. These medications will help make you more comfortable while you wait for the symptoms to subside. 

Days 5-7 (Discharge)

As the week progresses, you will notice that withdrawal symptoms will begin to subside and then finally disappear entirely. Sometimes, you may detect that some psychological symptoms may continue to linger. 

Psychological or physical symptoms, such as chronic pain, that persist in the weeks and months after completing detox are known as Post-Acute Withdrawl Syndrome (PAWS).

Once the treatment professionals where you are undergoing detox treatment have deemed that you have successfully completed detox, they will discharge you.

After you’re discharged from detox, the next step is to enter an inpatient (residential treatment), outpatient, or partial hospitalization rehab treatment program. A treatment professional will review treatment options with you and create a customized treatment plan to address your opioid addiction.

At Restorations Health Care in Anaheim, CA, we understand that the detox process can be difficult and uncomfortable. Our goal is to make the process as comfortable and pain-free as possible. Our trained detox professionals will administer medications they deem necessary to make the detox process more comfortable and alleviate some of the symptoms associated with Dilaudid withdrawal.

Contact us today if you or a loved one is looking to stop taking Dilaudid and get started with their Dilaudid Detox in Anaheim, CA.

Medications for Dilaudid Detox

Withdrawal symptoms during Dilaudid detox can be severe, uncomfortable, and even dangerous when not monitored and treated properly. Medications are often administered during detox to help relieve some of these symptoms, especially when withdrawal symptoms are peaking. 

There are several FDA-approved medications for Dilaudid detox that can help with withdrawal symptoms:

  • Methadone – Methadone helps relieve the intensity of withdrawal symptoms and cut down on cravings. Doctors commonly prescribe to those battling opioid dependence and addiction. Methadone is a long-term treatment medicine and typically continues after detox.
  • Clonidine – Clonidine relieves specific withdrawal symptoms such as anxiety, cramping, muscle aches, sweating, and agitation.
  • Buprenorphine – Buprenorphine treats withdrawal symptoms and has even been known to shorten the length of time someone needs to detox. Buprenorphine can also be combined with another drug, Naloxone, to help prevent future cravings. Per the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Buprenorphine is the first medication used to treat opioid abuse that can be prescribed in physician offices instead of exclusively at specialty facilities.
  • Over-the-counter medications – In some cases, over-the-counter medications such as painkillers, anti-diarrheal medications, or sleep aids may alleviate symptoms. 

Detox from Dilaudid at Our Anaheim Detox 

Detoxing from Dilaudid can be unpleasant and often requires medical care. That’s why it is recommended that detox take place at a local medical facility, a dedicated detox center, or a treatment center offering detox services, such as Restorations Health Care. Trying to self-detox or quit “cold turkey” can be incredibly dangerous and potentially life-threatening.

The team at Restorations Healthcare in Southern California understands the importance of detoxing in the treatment process. That’s why we offer medical detox services in addition to inpatient and outpatient addiction treatment and therapy. We want to be with you every step of the way as you go on your recovery journey.

Contact us today for more information about our services, including Dilaudid and opioid detox for Dilaudid addiction. 

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