Dilaudid Rehab

Victory Bay Drug Guide

Dilaudid is a brand name for the drug hydromorphone, which is a synthetic opioid narcotic. Dilaudid is used to treat individuals with moderate to severe pain who may be tolerant to other opioids and works by changing the way the brain responds to pain.

It’s said to be up to eight time stronger than morphine, which can unfortunately lead to an easy Dilaudid abuse. From 2002 to 2014, the percentage of individuals aged 12 and older who have used hydromorphone for recreational purposes increased by around 13 percent per year.

Dilaudid Abuse


On the streets, Dilaudid can be referred to as “Big D,” “Super 8,” “M-80s,” “Dilles,” and “Shake & Bake.” Once a person becomes a regular Dilaudid user, it will take a higher dose each time in order to feel the same effects. This can lead to a need for Dilaudid addiction treatment. Some symptoms of a Dilaudid “high” include:

  • A feeling of euphoria
  • Overall relaxation
  • Pain relief
  • Reduced anxiety
  • A warm feeling
  • Sedation

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Dangers & Effects

The effects of it can take less than 15 minutes to begin and can last for more than six hours. Because the drug is so much stronger than morphine, a physical dependence can develop quickly and users may need to turn to Dilaudid treatment. The short-term and long-term effects include:

Short-term effects include:

  • Nausea and/or vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Dizziness
  • Itchy or flushed skin
  • Confusion
  • Loss of appetite

Long-term effects include:

  • Frequent mood swings
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Muscle and/or bone pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Respiratory depression
  • Mental health issues like anxiety or depression


Whether it’s regarding short-term or long-term use, any decrease in a normal dose amount can result in withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms can peak in as little as nine hours, which is why we recommend withdrawal from Dilaudid treatment. Withdrawal effects include things like:

  • Restlessness
  • Nausea
  • Excessive sweating
  • Muscle aches
  • Depression
  • Anxiety or panic attacks
  • An emotional numbness

MAT (Medical Assisted Treatment)

When it comes to Dilaudid rehab, there are medical ways to help individuals on the road to recovery. With medically assisted treatment, our professionals can ease the severity of withdrawal symptoms and help get your body back to a healthy state. Some popular MAT medications include:

  • Methadone
  • Buprenorphine
  • Clonidine

Treatment Option

At Victory Bay, we treat a wide variety of substance abuse issues, including a Dilaudid dependence. We want to help you live a healthy, drug-free life and our Dilaudid addiction recovery program can help you do so. We tailor each of our programs to fit your needs and offer comprehensive treatment, care, and support in our friendly, comfortable state-of-the-art facility. If you or a loved one is struggling with Dilaudid abuse, contact us today to get started on your path to recovery.

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