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Demerol is a medication that is prescribed to offer pain relief, but it can lead to a Demerol addiction.

Demerol is an opioid that changes the pathways in the brain, as well as how the nervous system responds to pain.

Similar to the potency of morphine, Demerol is a DEA-controlled substance.

It is within the schedule 2 category, meaning it has a high potential for abuse.

Also known as meperidine, Demerol was once used as a go-to method to treat pain.

It is often used before and after surgery, but it is less prescribed in modern times due to its high potential for abuse.

Found in liquid or tablet form, Demerol is very strong and should be prescribed with caution.

If you think that you might be addicted to Demerol you need to be careful and take measures to get help or it might destroy your life.

What is Demerol?

Demerol is the brand name for an injectable form of meperidine.

This is an opioid painkiller that is classified as a narcotic analgesic.

It should only be used to treat severe pain and has a similar effect to morphine or oxycodone.

Demerol is about 10 times less potent than morphine, but it is fast-acting and has a very high risk of abuse.

When purchased on the black market for abuse, Demerol is known as “dillies,” “D” or “dust.”

It comes in both liquid and tablet form, in either 50 or 100mg strengths.

The liquid form can be taken as a syrup, but it can also be injected.

This injectable form is only administered by a doctor or nurse.

What is Demerol Addiction?

Demerol addiction occurs very easily due to the addictive properties of Demerol. Having said that, people who develop a Demerol addiction often show drug-seeking behavior. This makes it at least somewhat easy to understand when someone is struggling with a Demerol addiction.
The trouble with a Demerol addiction, or any opioid addiction for that matter, is that it is extremely addictive. Even if you want to quit you most likely will not be able to on your own. Additionally, when trying to quit Demerol, you will experience terrible withdrawal symptoms. These can include emotional symptoms such as anxiety, but also physical symptoms such as nausea. This unfortunately pushes many people to relapse, or simply not quit at all, to avoid these symptoms.

Signs of a Demerol Addiction

  • Stating a prescription is lost in order to get a new one.
  • Fake or self-inflicted injury in hopes of getting more Demerol.
  • Doctor shopping: visiting multiple doctors to get prescriptions from each of them.
  • Isolating from loved ones to hide Demerol addiction.
  • Using Demerol despite it causing many problems in their life.
  • Spending a huge amount of money, resulting in stealing, or going into debt suddenly.
  • Neglecting work, school, or other life responsibilities.

How is Demerol Abused?

Many people become addicted to painkillers simply because they do not know how addictive they can be. Demerol specifically is typically prescribed for pain, but tolerance develops very easily. If your tolerance continues to increase and you still have pain, then you will need to increase your dose to feel the same pain relief. This can eventually lead to Demerol addiction, meaning that even when your pain is gone, you will still be addicted to the drug.
Physical and psychological dependence on Demerol is very easy to occur. It is important to note that any non-medical or non-prescribed use of Demerol is substance abuse. If you use Demerol in high doses or for longer than prescribed, this is also considered abuse.
Demerol is typically used by chewing the tablets, crushing the tablets and snorting it, or crushing the tablets, dissolving it in water, and injecting it.

Effects and Abuse of Demerol Addiction

Abusing Demerol intensifies its euphoric feelings. Typically after abusing Demerol, you will feel a rush, and then a long period of sedation. The high is quick, but you will feel extreme relaxation after, this is what those who abuse Demerol are after.
Abusing Demerol intensifies its euphoric feelings. Typically after abusing Demerol, you will feel a rush, and then a long period of sedation. The high is quick, but you will feel extreme relaxation after, this is what those who abuse Demerol are after.
Because Demerol abuse is dangerous, you are at risk of an overdose any time you take Demerol. Large doses of Demerol can depress respiratory function, which can be fatal. Other symptoms of Demerol overdose include:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Stupor
  • Weak muscles
  • Hypothermia
  • Cold, clammy skin
  • Coma

Demerol Withdrawal

If you attempt to quit taking Demerol, you will have withdrawal effects. This is because Demerol is a very addictive drug. Sometimes you will need to go through a Demerol detox if stopping the drug abruptly. You might experience signs of fever, vomiting, nausea, anxiety, restlessness, muscle aches, stomach aches, and feel physically ill. This is part of the Demerol withdrawal treatment, and when in a controlled setting, it can be more manageable.

Signs of Demerol Addiction

It may be hard to tell if someone is abusing Demerol if you do not know the signs to look out for.
Some common signs of Demerol addiction include:

  • Constant fatigue
  • Falling asleep in inappropriate places
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Excessive sweating
  • Disorientation
  • Extremely slow breathing
  • Constant itching
  • Oversleeping
  • Drowsiness
  • Intense state of relaxation and calmness
  • Depression
  • Mood swings
  • Anxiety
  • Impulsiveness
  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Drug-seeking behaviors
  • Dry mouth
  • Headaches
  • Constipation

Mental Illness and Demerol Addiction

Co-occurring disorders are common with substance abuse issues. This means that if you are struggling with a substance use disorder as well as a mental illness, then you have a dual diagnosis. Treating this by working with a group of trained professionals is the best chance that you have in the case of dual diagnosis. In order to get healthy, you will need to have a detailed plan that is tailored to your addiction as well as mental illness.

Treatment For Demerol Addiction

Treatment for opioid dependence, abuse, and addiction is treated in three or four stages. Often the first stage is medical detox. This can involve medication-assisted treatment, known as MAT. This stage of detox helps to remove Demerol from your body, but it is done in a medically controlled environment. Your vital signs will be monitored, and you will be physically safe to detox.
After detox, you should go into an inpatient treatment facility. Especially for a Demerol addiction, having a comprehensive treatment program that uses both counseling and behavioral therapy is necessary. Finally, there is outpatient treatment. This can sometimes be skipped, but there should always be an aftercare plan in place. Aftercare might include living in a sober living facility such as a halfway house or simply participating in group therapy a few times per week.

Is It Time To Get Help For Your Demerol Addiction?

Similar to most prescription drugs, it can be difficult to know that you are able to develop a Demerol addiction.

It is important that the use and abuse of this drug can easily lead to tolerance.

If you reach a state of being where you feel withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking Demerol, then you need to contact an addiction facility as soon as possible.

At Resurgence Behavioral Health we can offer help to get through all aspects of your addiction.

Whether that is bad withdrawal symptoms or simply help to overcome your addiction in general.

Contact us today to learn more about our free insurance verification for treatment and how we can help you.

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