Hydromorphone Addiction Treatment

Is hydromorphone making you into someone you are not? Learn how to identify the best type of hydromorphone rehab…one that meets your needs. More here.

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You can do it!

You can quit hydromorphone for good. Help is available.

More here on what addiction treatment looks like. We’ll walk you through the steps to recovery and outline what the best programs have in common. More on best practices in treatment here, with a section at the end for your questions.


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Hydromorphone is a prescription pain reliever and cough suppressant that is widely used for the treatment of moderate to severe pain…but it is highly addictive. The drug has a high potency to get you ‘hooked’ physically and psychologically when abused. What’s more, even when medically prescribed by doctors, it can also lead to tolerance and addiction in as little as one week of use.

Do you recognize any of the following symptoms in yourself or a loved one?

  • Reoccurring and obsessive thoughts about using hydromorphone.
  • Unneeded prescriptions for hydromorphone.
  • Agitated or restless behavior.
  • Increased isolation or withdrawal to use the drug in secret.
  • Experience of “phantom pains” when hydromorphone is not in use.
  • Secretly storing or hiding the hydromorphone to avoid disclosure.

If YES, no need to be afraid. Hydromorphone addiction treatment options are plentiful and varied.


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Understanding Hydromorphone Addiction

Hydromorphone is a highly addictive drug that changes the chemistry of the brain, so you can no longer function normally without it. The drug can physically alter areas of the brain that are associated with:

  • reward
  • memory
  • motivation

Plus,  there are several interconnected factors that can lead to higher risk addiction in some individuals. These may include:

1. Biological Factors – Genetic components make up 50% of your risk of addiction.
2. Psychological Factors – Underlying trauma, cases of abuse, depression, and anxiety.
3. Social/Environmental Factors – Including abuse within family, availability and acceptability of hydromorphone within a community, and pressure from peer groups.
4. Co-occurring Disorders – hydromorphone addiction can be co-occurring with other substance abuse disorders, eating disorders, or mental health issues.

What is sobering about hydromorphone addiction is that it is an equal opportunity offender. Anyone could potentially develop an addiction to this powerful drug…BUT the good news is that there is hope for healing and recovery, whether for you or your addicted loved one. Simply dial our helpline number 1-877-968-9341 and get the support and guidance you need to conquer addiction.

Getting the Best Treatment

The best treatment for addiction is one that suits your individual needs.

While 30 and 60 day programs are considered to be the least amount of time you should spend in addiction treatment, 90 day inpatient options are considered the gold standard of hydromorphone addiction treatment by medical experts. This is because cases of more severe addictions are best suited for intensive care. Let’s take a look at the two main settings for treatment: inpatient and outpatient rehab.

Inpatient hydromorphone rehab takes place in a residential facility and is recommended by medical professionals in most cases. You’ll live at the facility for the duration of your treatment program to focus on your recovery without the usual distractions of everyday life. Inpatient hydromorphone addiction treatment involves a variety of therapies, such as:

  • Addiction education
  • Counseling sessions
  • Individual, group, and family therapy with a licensed psychologist
  • Integrated or dual-diagnosis therapy (for cooccuring metal health disorders)
  • Medication assisted therapy
  • Relapse prevention training
  • Continued care (aftercare)

Outpatient hydromorphone rehab program, although according to experts hydromorphone addiction treatment is best handled on an inpatient basis. This is primarily because of the high risk of relapse to the drug.

Regardless of what you choose, the BEST treatment program for you is the one that is customized to your individual needs and preferences, and is based on:

……Your personal and family history of drug abuse.
……Past traumatic experiences, especially childhood trauma.
……Personal and emotional issues that compelled you to use hydromorphone in the first place.
……Other individual root causes that drive your addictive behavior.
……How long, in what doses, and how often you have been abusing hydromorphone.
……Your unique treatment goals.

Choosing the right hydromorphone addiction treatment option can be a daunting process if you try to do it alone. That’s why we’re here to help when you need advice and assistance. Call 1-877-968-9341  TODAY to speak to a treatment advisor and find the best treatment for you.

The First Step of Recovery from Hydromorphone

Hydromorphone detoxification is the first step in getting sober. However, hydromorphone detox and withdrawal can be dangerous. Call us at 1-877-968-9341 to discuss various hydromorphone detox options and get started on your road to recovery.

Due to the risk of developing life-threatening withdrawal symptoms, medical experts do not advise users to stop taking hydromorphone abruptly or outside of medical supervision. Here is what happens when you decide to get your body rid of the drug:

1. You check into a hospital or detox facility.
2. Medical detox from hydromorphone takes from 3 to 7 days.
3. You can expect a variety of withdrawal symptom to occur, including:

  • abdominal cramping
  • cravings
  • dehydration
  • diarrhea
  • goose bumps
  • insomnia
  • involuntary leg movements
  • loss of appetite
  • muscle pain
  • sweating
  • vomiting

4. Medical professionals monitor your symptoms and administer medications (usually Clonidine, buprenorphine, methadone, naltrexone, and over-the-counter medications) and offer psychological support.

NOTE: Some medical experts recommend a program of hydromorphone drug detox. This is a type of detox that uses general anesthesia, is far less painful, and is done in a short amount of time.

Treating Hydromorphone Addiction

When detox is done, you should have an additional psychological treatment plan in place. Professional, long-term help is considered crucial to successfully kick the hydromorphone habit and includes behavioral therapies and psychotherapy. Some of the commonly used therapy techniques when treating hydromorphone addiction are:

Motivational interviewing – Motivational interviewing is used to help you address the psychological components involved in your substance issues. It focuses on your willingness to promote positive and healthy change in your life by entering hydromorphone addiction treatment.

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) – This is an effective treatment for substance abuse. It works to change your behavior by changing your maladaptive thinking patterns and negative coping skills with positive ones.

Contingency management – This therapy works by rewarding positive or desirable behaviors (not using hydromorphone, sticking to the treatment plan…), which in turn encourages you to remain abstinent.

Supportive Programs – These group of supportive structures includes groups such as the 12 step programs and SMART Recovery, support groups, family therapy, etc.

But, there are also many other therapies that can be used along with these, such as anger management, Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT), Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT), Interpersonal Therapy (IPT), etc. and may be used in conjunction to your treatment plan if needed. Contact our treatment support specialists at 1-877-968-9341 for assistance finding a treatment plan that is right for you.

How to Help Someone With a Hydromorphone Addiction

Helping a loved one with a hydromorphone addiction can be challenging. Sometimes, it can be difficult to stay positive…but it is important to be supportive and helpful without enabling your loved one to continue using. Check out these 9 Tips from the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD) for helping an addicted loved one:

  1. Learn everything you can about hydromorphone addiction. Educate yourself from books on addiction, ask a doctor or a therapist, read online….the more you know – the more you can help.
  2. Show your love and concern for the addicted person rather than expressing shame, blame, or judgement.
  3. Offer your support and show a willingness to help.
  4. Encourage your addicted loved one to seek professional addiction treatment.
  5. Do not expect that they will be able to quit without help. In many cases, attempting to stop hydromorphone by yourself is risky and dangerous.
  6. Continue to support recovery as an ongoing process. Be aware that it doesn’t end after initial treatment and continued care is needed.
  7. Understand that relapse is not only possible, but likely, and that aftercare is crucial to long-term sobriety.
  8. Approach your loved one alone first and try to have a peaceful conversation. If this does not work, then plan a group intervention.

Q: How do I stage an intervention for my addicted loved one?
A: Have a plan and ask professionals to help.

When your loved one has refused to seek medical help for their hydromorphone addiction, staging an intervention may get them out of denial and into rehab. The goal of an intervention is to present the addicted person with a structured opportunity to make positive life changes. In some cases, addiction professionals such as counselors, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, or interventionists may be involved.

However, know this: Coercion, bribery, threats, or demands rarely work to help solve addiction problems. Instead, look into longer term strategies such as the CRAFT Model. This way, you can cope with your own feelings and start to identify key moments when change is possible. CRAFT strategies can teach you when, where, and how to intervene…with success!

When a family member or a loved one is addicted to hydromorphone, it affects everyone in the family. Call 1-877-968-9341 NOW to find a drug addiction treatment center that is right for your family.

Long-Term Aftercare and Relapse Prevention

People who have been addicted to hydromorphone live recovery one day at a time…for a lifetime. After long-term treatment is done, you will continue your recovery in an aftercare program. Aftercare programs are  designed to reinforce the lessons learned in treatment and can involve:

……Engagement in a 12-step program for ongoing support.
……Ongoing individual therapy on an outpatient or private basis.
……Triggers recognition, stress management, and relapse prevention education.
……Additional aftercare plan components such as a halfway house, sober living facility, or transitional housing.

Get the help you need with an aftercare treatment program NOW. Call us at 1-877-968-9341 to get the confidential guidance you need. Advice from our treatment specialists is free and confidential.

Does Hydromorphone Treatment Work?

Yes, addiction treatment works.

In addition to quitting, the goal of treatment is to get you back to the productive and functioning person you were before addiction. You can start to live positively as a contributing member in the family, workplace, and community.

According to research that tracks individuals in treatment over extended periods, most people who get into and remain in treatment show the following:

  • no more drug use and better health
  • decrease in criminal activity
  • improvements in occupational, social, and psychological functioning

You too can achieve sobriety!

Don’t wait another day to turn your life around. Call 1-877-968-9341 to get assistance, information, and answers to your hydromorphone addiction treatment questions. We’re here and ready to hear from you.

Reference Sources: FDA: Hydromorphone Hydrochloride
NCBI: Effective Treatments for Opioid Addiction
NIH: Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction
SAMHSA: Treatments for Substance Use Disorders
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.
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