An addiction to Dialudid occurs when an individual becomes dependent on the drug. As mentioned, it can be highly habit forming, which is why patients who are prescribed this medication are strongly urged to follow the directions that their healthcare providers have offered.
With prolonged use, it can be difficult for patients to feel the pain relieving effects that Dialudid offers. As a result, they may increase their dosage in order to feel the benefits. Furthermore, because this medication creates a sense of euphoria and heightened well-being, patients may end up taking more in order to experience those “feel good” effects. When the medication is taking more than is prescribed, it is not unusual for a dependency to develop.
Patients that have been prescribed Dialuadid aren’t the only ones that abuse and become dependent on the drug. Since it does create positive feelings, many individuals take it recreationally. In other words, they take it when it hasn’t been prescribed to them; they may steal it from someone who does have a viable prescription, they may fake pain, or they may even purposely injure themselves in order to get a prescription. Like other prescription pain medications (OxyContin, Vicodin, etc), Dialudid can also be purchased on the street. When individuals are using this medication without a prescription, it is considered an illicit drug.
Like any other addiction, those who are addicted to Dialudid are dependent on it. They take it more than prescribed, or they are taking large amounts of it in order to feel the positive effects that it offers. In either case, abusing this drug can lead to dangerous side effects.