Demerol Addiction

Mental and physical addiction to Demerol can develop if it is used for long periods of time. Extended use of Demerol can create a tolerance condition where the medication no longer works at the initial dosage.

The Terminology of Demerol Addiction

  • Dependence - the need to maintain administration of Demerol to prevent the appearance of Demerol withdrawal.
  • Tolerance - decreased effectiveness of Demerol. Typically entails having to take more Demerol to achieve the same effects.
  • Addiction - Demerol dependence and Demerol tolerance in the individual.

The Complexity of Demerol Addiction

  • Drug craving and pain
  • Rebound pain associated with withdrawal
  • Tolerance
  • Medical procedures in the pursuit of Demerol

Individuals who have an addiction to Demerol frequently

  • Request Demerol specifically when at the doctor
  • Purchase Demerol from non-medical sources
  • Forge prescriptions
  • Create contacts with multiple medical doctors and dentists
  • Frequent the ER in hopes of receiving a prescription of Demerol