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Demerol Addiction Symptoms


Recognizing the warning signs for the development of a substance addiction is vital in order to take the proper steps to seek professional help from a treatment center. One drug that individuals may develop an addiction to is Demerol, which is the brand name of the drug meperidine. Knowing how to recognize Demerol addiction symptoms will allow you to analyze the behavior of loved ones, or yourself, and be able to conclude whether or not a substance dependency has developed. In order to recognize symptoms of Demerol addiction, it is important to understand what Demerol is and how it affects the body, and from there it is then possible to explore what common Demerol withdrawal symptoms are, and steps to take if you or someone you love has become dependent upon Demerol.

An Overview of Demerol and Its Effect on the Body

Demerol is a narcotic prescription analgesic (pain reliever) that is often used to treat moderate to severe cases of pain, whether due to major surgery, the development of a tolerance to other prescription medications, or during labor and childbirth. Other common uses of Demerol include managing pain due to cancer, after a heart attack, or following a severe accident. In addition to these handful of examples, there are a multitude of other potential scenarios in which Demerol may be a drug that is prescribed to treat pain.

Demerol is an opioid narcotic and due to its addictive nature, it is rarely prescribed by physicians for use in outpatient treatment as this increases the likelihood for painkiller abuse. Instead, Demerol is primarily utilized within hospital settings. However, even when prescribed by a licensed physician initially, some patients may develop a dependency on Demerol when taking a high dose or taking doses over a prolonged period of time. In instances like this, it is not uncommon for patients to stop being prescribed Demerol, but due to their dependency they will seek to purchase it illegally on the drug market.

While Demerol can be an extremely effective and useful pain reliever when prescribed by a licensed physician and monitored within a controlled setting, its use can quickly form an addiction when taken without supervision and can be very dangerous. When purchased illicitly, Demerol is known by a number of different street names, including D, Dust, Dillies, Juice, and Demmies. Demerol can be taken in a number of different forms, such as in pill form, oral liquid form, and in intravenous (IV) injectable doses. The injectable form of Demerol is known to produce the most intense high of all of the above listed ingestion methods and long-term intravenous abuse is extremely dangerous.

Demerol affects the central nervous system in the body and alters the body’s perception of pain. When taken, Demerol attaches to the pain receptors within the brain and reduces feelings of pain. Demerol is known for its pain relief properties, but in addition to its analgesic properties, Demerol is also known for producing sensations of pleasure, giddiness, and euphoria due to its effect on the central nervous system. It is these feelings is pleasure that often drives individuals to attempt to use this prescription drug for nonmedical reasons in order to achieve a feeling of euphoria.

Others may utilize Demerol in attempt to dull or eliminate feelings of pain, stress, panic, anxiety, or depression. Each individual’s addiction to Demerol develops due to different circumstances and stressors, but for each person it is extremely difficult to stop using Demerol once a dependency has formed without utilizing outside assistance. Demerol is highly addictive and creates a dependency within the central nervous system on the dosage of Demerol it is used to receiving. This dependency on Demerol is often both psychological and physical. The chances of becoming addicted increase when the dosage being taken is higher and when it is taken for a long period of time.

When the Demerol is no longer present, the body has to fight to function on its own without outside chemical interference and to regain equilibrium within the functions of the body. This attempt to regulate itself will prompt the body to exhibit symptoms of withdrawal, which increase in severity and duration depending upon how strong the physical and psychological dependency has grown. It is also common for users to try to achieve different types of highs by mixing Demerol with other narcotics and illicit substances, such as benzodiazepines or alcohol. In these instances, the chances of accidental overdose increase significantly.

Symptoms of Demerol Addiction

Knowing how to recognize Demerol addiction symptoms can be a challenging process for a number of reasons. One of the main reasons that Demerol addiction can be difficult to detect in some cases is when someone has a prescription for Demerol. It is not uncommon for those who are prescribed Demerol legally to develop a physical and psychological dependency upon it that drives them to abuse it. In these cases, it requires diligent observation and detail to detect whether or not the use of Demerol has begun to exceed a normal prescription. Another challenge to detecting an addiction to Demerol is that many of the most common symptoms of Demerol addiction can also be explained by a number of other factors or by the consumption of other substances or drugs. With this in mind, below are a handful of the most common physical signs of Demerol addiction.

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Disorientation
  • Dry mouth
  • Headache
  • Sedation
  • Slowed breathing
  • Constant itching
  • Unusual sleep patterns
  • Sweating
  • Itching
  • Coma
  • Heart attack
  • Dizziness
  • Unusually constricted pupils
  • Continuous fatigue
  • Kidney problems
  • Constipation
  • Seizures
  • Falling asleep at random, “nodding off”

In addition to these common physical symptoms of a Demerol addiction, there are a number of other signs that may alert you to a potential Demerol addiction. When someone lies about the amount of Demerol they are taking, combines Demerol with other prescription drugs or alcohol, it is a sign that an addiction may have formed. If an individual is crushing pills before taking them and then snorting or injecting them, it may be a sign that they have developed a Demerol addiction.

If an individual is requesting Demerol specifically when they are at the doctor, then it is likely they have become dependent. If an individual will make trips to the emergency room in an effort to be prescribed Demerol, then it is likely they have become addicted. If an individual attempts to frequently switch from doctor to doctor so that they can receive multiple prescriptions for Demerol, then it is probable that an addiction has formed. When there is any attempt made to forge a prescription for Demerol in order to get a dose, that is a red flag that an individual will go to extreme lengths to get the dose of Demerol they need.

If someone begins to steal money from friends, family, or loved ones in order to purchase Demerol, this can be a sign of addiction. In addition, some individuals may attempt to steal someone else’s Demerol prescription or will attempt to hide Demerol around their home or car to conceal their usage.  In some cases, individuals may even go so far as to undergo medical procedures so that they can receive a prescription for Demerol following the procedure. Some individuals may also show the signs of a Demerol addiction by excluding themselves from activities they previously enjoyed or by neglecting commitments at home and at work. In addition to these strategies to underhandedly obtain Demerol through legal channels, some may also turn to the streets to purchase Demerol illegally.

In addition to these behavioral signs of Demerol addiction, there a number of other psychological signs that may denote a dependency on Demerol. Below are several of the most common psychological symptoms of a Demerol addiction.

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Impulsiveness
  • Agitation
  • Anxiety
  • Intense mood swings
  • Psychosis
  • Delusions
  • Worsened symptoms of a mental illness
  • Hallucinations

The Most Common Demerol Withdrawal Symptoms

Recognizing the symptoms of Demerol withdrawal can be a useful tool to recognizing that an addiction has formed. If an individual stops being able to procure Demerol for a period of time, they will begin to exhibit withdrawal symptoms that can alert those closest to them that a physical and psychological dependency has formed. Demerol withdrawal symptoms can be extremely uncomfortable and challenging to endure. In particularly severe cases of addiction, Demerol withdrawal symptoms may become so intense that they require immediate medical attention.

It is very dangerous to attempt to detox from Demerol without assistance from an addiction treatment center and qualified medical professionals that specialize in Demerol detox. If a loved one is observed exhibiting Demerol withdrawal symptoms, it is important to seek help immediately to make sure that they can detox safely and do not attempt to purchase more Demerol to avoid enduring withdrawal symptoms. In order to help you be able to recognize the most common Demerol withdrawal symptoms, we have compiled a list of the most commonly experienced Demerol withdrawal symptoms. The intensity of withdrawal symptoms and the duration of withdrawal is dependent upon the severity of the dependency, in addition to a number of other biological and environmental factors. Below are the most common Demerol withdrawal symptoms.

  • Tremors
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Panic
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Goosebumps
  • Diarrhea
  • Bone and muscle pain
  • Appetite loss
  • Cravings for Demerol
  • Mood swings
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Coughing
  • Sneezing
  • Itching
  • Runny nose
  • Fatigue
  • Sweating

If you or a loved one experience any of these symptoms when attempting to not take a dose of Demerol, then it is vital that you seek help from an accredited treatment center in order to get the help you need to detox safely and enter recovery.

Steps to Take to Get Help with a Demerol Addiction

Once a physical and psychological dependency has been acknowledged and admitted, there are a number of steps that need to be taken in order to secure necessary help during the detox and withdrawal process, as well as throughout recovery. The first step is a locate a treatment center that specializes in Demerol detox and treatment for Demerol addiction. This step will require research, planning, and often phone conversations in order to accurately assess whether or not a treatment center is the right fit. You will also need to determine whether or not treatment would be most effective locally or out-of-state.

Each option carries with it its respective benefits and drawbacks, and the most suitable option is largely reliant on the personality of the individual and their unique circumstances. Seeking local treatment can keep individuals close to their family and friends who can function as a support system during treatment, can allow them to keep their jobs, and can sometimes be lower in cost when receiving outpatient treatment. However, this option also keep individuals close to the environment in which their addiction developed, which can be dangerous as old relationships and habits may resurface.

Conversely, out-of-state treatment fosters a more dynamic environment among patients within the treatment center and allows patients to focus solely on their recovery. However, this option can be more costly, disruptive, and more logistically challenging. Once you have determined where the best place to seek treatment are and have narrowed it down to a handful of options, it is best when possible to schedule a visit to meet with the staff and tour the facility. This will give an accurate perception of what the environment in the treatment center is, how they would approach treating your addiction, and whether or not it feels like a place you could successfully overcome your addiction.

Once a treatment center is decided upon, it is then time to make arrangements for when to begin treatment and what the aftercare will look like once you complete treatment. This is important to establish early in the process so that you have a timeline and plan for each step in the process and can mentally prepare to succeed at each step of the way. The final step to take is to take a moment to congratulate yourself, or your loved one, on seeking help for your addiction and beginning on the road to recovery.

If you or a loved one are addicted to Demerol, Luminance Recovery is here to help. With a holistic approach to addiction treatment, we have helped many people overcome Demerol addiction. Call us today to learn about our Demerol addiction treatment options.

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