Dilaudid Detox Program at Agape Detox Center in Port St. Lucie, FL

Also known as hydromorphone, Dilaudid is a powerful, synthetic opiate that acts on the brain’s reward center and blocks its pain receptors. Frequently prescribed to alleviate the pain of broken bones, cancer, and many other serious illnesses and injuries, Dilaudid is highly addictive. Whether you’ve been misusing your Dilaudid prescription or purchasing hydromorphone illegally, going to a professional detox center is the best choice. As with all other opiates and synthetic opioid drugs, Dilaudid can cause severe withdrawal symptoms if it’s suddenly taken away. People who’ve become physically dependent upon hydromorphone can experience uncomfortable physical and psychological symptoms that last for days or even weeks.

At Agape Detox Center, you can complete your Dilaudid detox in a peaceful, comfortable, and supportive environment. Even at this earliest stage of the recovery process, our team works hard to help patients create stable foundations for lasting sobriety, good health, and happiness. Our holistic, whole-health approach paired with the gorgeous surroundings of our Port St. Lucie facility makes it easy for people to confront the challenges of opioid addiction recovery head-on.

Dilaudid Addiction and Abuse

Like all other opioid drugs, hydromorphone blocks the brain’s pain receptors. As such, even when the conditions for pain are present, people who use Dilaudid cannot feel it. Not only does Dilaudid make it possible for people to block their physical discomfort, but it also produces extreme feelings of relaxation and euphoria. It does so by triggering massive surges of dopamine. Dopamine is a powerful neurotransmitter that’s often referred to as a “feel-good” chemical. It’s an important part of both the central nervous system’s reward pathway and many general functions throughout the body.

When opioids are not being used, dopamine is typically only released to reward healthy or beneficial behaviors. For instance, if you eat well, exercise, or spend quality time with someone you care about, your brain may reward you with a generous dose of dopamine. The feelings of pleasure that dopamine incites will cause you to repeat these rewarding behaviors again. However, when you artificially stimulate the release of dopamine by taking synthetic opiates like Dilaudid, you’re actually conditioning your brain to reward drug use. This is why people often continue to take Dilaudid even after they no longer enjoy the “high” they experience or the consequences of Dilaudid abuse. After prolonged hydromorphone abuse, stopping Dilaudid outright can be incredibly uncomfortable.

What Is Dilaudid Withdrawal?

Experiencing withdrawal symptoms whenever you stop taking Dilaudid is a sure sign of physical dependence or addiction. This means that your brain and body have become accustomed to functioning with hydromorphone and that they must relearn how to function without it. Given that opiates like Dilaudid block a person’s pain receptors, having these receptors turned back on causes distress as well. For many recovering addicts, experiencing pain after weeks, months, or even years of living virtually pain-free can be overwhelming.

It’s additionally important to note that heavy and prolonged Dilaudid use can have a significant and lasting impact on natural dopamine production. When dopamine is repeatedly triggered by opiates, this neurotransmitter becomes worn out. It may no longer be produced in a reliable fashion when Dilaudid isn’t being used, or it may misfire. Not only does dopamine play a hand in keeping people motivated and making them feel relaxed and happy, but it also assists with:

  • Fine motor control
  • Temperature regulation
  • Smooth muscle control (functions such as the automatic beating of your heart)
  • Learning
  • Memory 


and more. Many physical and psychological Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms are the direct result of altered dopamine production. Sadly, it can take as long as 90 days for dopamine production to rebound after any prolonged opiate addiction.

At Agape Detox Center, we offer consistent support throughout this process. Our clients are given customized detox plans and receive constant monitoring. During initial detox, our primary goal is to make sure that our clients’ vital signs remain stable and that their discomfort is minimized. Once medical detox is complete, our patients can seamlessly transfer into our inpatient program. Here, they’ll have access to a broad range of therapies and other tools for successfully combating the significantly longer-lasting psychological symptoms of the Dilaudid withdrawal process. 

It’s possible for a person to become physically dependent upon Dilaudid within just two to three weeks of consistent use. The risk of Dilaudid addiction is greatly increased if you:

  • Take more Dilaudid than your doctor has prescribed
  • Use Dilaudid with alcohol or other substances to intensify its effects
  • Shop for new doctors to prolong your Dilaudid prescription
  • Purchase Dilaudid illegally


Not only does Dilaudid addiction often develop quickly, but many people also build a tolerance to this drug at a rapid rate. Worse still, when people no longer have access to Dilaudid, they may turn to other opiates such as heroin or morphine, or use other illicit, synthetic opiates like fentanyl to obtain relief.

Symptoms and Duration of Withdrawal

Dilaudid withdrawal symptoms typically appear within 24 hours of stopping this drug or following any dramatic decrease in an individual’s normal dose. They include:

  • Anxiety
  • Restlessness
  • Chills
  • Headache 
  • Fever
  • Insomnia


As the Dilaudid withdrawal timeline progresses, people can additionally experience:

  • Stomach cramping
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea

How Long Does it Take to Detox From Dilaudid?

Changes in general functioning as the brain and body struggle to rebound can also result in elevated blood pressure levels, a rapid heartbeat, and blurry vision. Fortunately, however, most physical withdrawal symptoms will start to abate after 72 hours and will likely be gone entirely after one week.

Dilaudid Detox and Treatment at Agape

We take a multi-pronged approach to Dilaudid detox and treatment at Agape Detox Center. When you detox in our Port St. Lucie facility, you’ll be given an individualized treatment plan based on comprehensive physical and psychological evaluations. We offer dual diagnosis treatment programs for those who’ve been abusing Dilaudid to self-treat underlying mental health disorders such as:

  • Major depressive disorder
  • General anxiety disorder
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Panic disorder
  • Schizophrenia


and many others. In fact, from the moment that you walk through our doors, you’ll receive targeted interventions to stabilize your vital signs, balance your moods, and make you feel comfortable overall.

With our whole-health approach, we teach our clients how to leverage healthful coping techniques to alleviate their discomfort. Thus, in addition to medical support, you’ll be encouraged to sleep well, eat well, and engage in physical exercise when possible. We offer:

  • Stress management services
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy
  • Dialectical behavioral therapy
  • Art therapy


and access to a vast range of recreational activities. We work to address opioid use disorder at its source so that our clients have the best chance at establishing healthy, happy, and ultimately sustainable lives.

Contact Agape Detox Center to Get Started

Situated just off the Atlantic coast of Southern Florida, Port St. Lucie is the perfect place for tackling opioid use disorder head-on. In the relaxed and peaceful setting of our campus, you can learn more about the underlying causes of your addiction, establish better habits for self-care, and start setting goals for your post-treatment life. Once you’ve completed your detox at Agape Detox Center, you can move right into our inpatient program for continued support and more in-depth treatment. Call us now to speak with one of our intake specialists.

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