Demerol Abuse Signs, Symptoms and Treatment
Know the common Demerol Abuse Signs and free yourself from Demerol addiction with detox and rehab at WhiteSands Treatment
It is important to become familiar with Demerol abuse signs, symptoms and treatment options if you suspect your loved one is abusing the drug. Demerol is an addictive, potent, opioid narcotic prescription medication used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is often used to treat the pain of medical conditions such as cancer, labor and childbirth, and severe accidents. Illicit Demerol sold on the street is called D, Dust, Juice or Dillies, and can be taken in pill or liquid form, or IV injection. The recreational use and abuse of Demerol may eventually cause tolerance which can lead to addiction. Demerol abuse and addiction can cause multiple problems for the addict, and prove to be difficult to stop.
Demerol binds to the opioid receptors in the brain and brain stem, causing feelings of euphoria, giddiness and well-being. Demerol affects the central nervous system and blocks the perception of pain. People who suffer from chronic pain, mental disorders or are having other problems in their life may use Demerol to escape from the reality of their troubling situation. Abuse of the drug may cause the body to build a tolerance to it, and the user will have to take more of the drug to achieve the same effects as before. Tolerance almost always leads to addiction unless the user can get professional help to stop taking the drug before they become addicted.
A Demerol addict who is physically and psychologically dependent on the drug will begin to get withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking the drug. Many Demerol addicts may take other drugs or alcohol along with the Demerol to enhance the high of the drug, and sometimes this action leads to accidental overdose and death. People who are at risk of abusing Demerol may have co-occurring mental disorders such as depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Schizophrenia, alcoholism, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and anxiety disorders.
Some of the signs and symptoms of Demerol abuse include:
- Abusing Demerol regardless of the negative affects it has on the person’s life
- Neglecting personal duties and responsibilities
- Reckless behavior
- Visiting multiple doctors to get prescriptions for Demerol
- Isolating oneself from family and friends and becoming secretive about one’s whereabouts
The short term effects of Demerol abuse include a depressed respiratory system, insomnia, diminished appetite, muscle rigidity, dry mouth, memory problems and difficulty focusing, concentrating or making decisions. The addict may also experience depression, severe mood swings and anger or hostility.
A Demerol addict may have to face many different problems because of his addiction. The drug can have a profound impact on a person’s physical and mental stability and may produce long-term damage. Some of the adverse effects of Demerol abuse may include:
- Organ damage
- Breathing problems
- Financial problems
- Impairment of school or work performance
- Family and other relationship problems
- Criminal activity and incarceration
- Increased risk of suicide
- Development of mental disorders
In the event of an overdose, the addict may experience extreme fatigue, loss of consciousness, irregular heart beat, shallow breathing, lowered blood pressure, seizures, convulsions, coma and death.
Treatment for Demerol addiction should be conducted at a rehab facility where the addict will be kept safe. The addict will be mentally and physically assessed and then a treatment plan will be devised for him. Then the addict will begin treatment with a medical detoxification process where he will be weaned off of Demerol and any other substances he might have been taking. He will be monitored throughout the process and kept stable while his body struggles to find balance as it is weaned off the offending substances. Medications may be administered to help alleviate withdrawal symptoms, and the addict will be kept as comfortable as possible.
Every addict experiences withdrawal differently depending on the severity of the addiction and the state of his physical health. Some of the Demerol withdrawal symptoms that he may experience include nausea, vomiting, agitation, fever, cramping, insomnia, cravings for Demerol, profuse sweating, abdominal pain and depression. After the patient has completed the detox process, he will begin a series of psychological therapies to overcome destructive thoughts and behaviors, and also prepare and equip him with the necessary tools that he needs to live a sober life. If he still suffers from chronic pain, he will be treated for that also so that he doesn’t start to abuse Demerol again.
Demerol abuse can affect a person’s life in many negative ways, wreaking havoc in just about every area. By committing to a full treatment program, the recovering addict will find many solutions not only to his addiction, but also to other problems that he is facing. A holistic approach that treats the recovering addict in body, mind and spirit is the best treatment plan for Demerol abuse and recovery.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the White Sands Treatment Center at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.