Am I Too Old for Lortab Addiction Recovery?

Am I Too Old for Lortab Addiction Recovery?Lortab is a prescription pain medication made up of acetaminophen (Tylenol) and a semi-synthetic opioid called hydrocodone. In a 2012 report, the US Department of Health and Human Services provided data from 2011 regarding pain and older Americans, which included the following:

  • Nearly 35% of adults aged 55 to 64 reported lower back pain
  • 18.4% of adults aged 45 to 54 reported severe headaches and migraines
  • More than 19% of adults aged 45 to 64 reported neck pain

Many older adults take Lortab to manage pain, while others might take the drug to get high, self-medicate emotional pain or hide the symptoms of a mental health issue. Regardless of the motivation, Lortab use can result in an addiction at any age and cause numerous side effects and overdose risks. Addiction also affects quality of life issues, which are especially concerning for older adults. The good news is that it is never too late to get addiction help.

Drug Use Statistics for Older Adults

The 2011 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides demographic data on drug use, including the following:

  • 6.3% of adults aged 50 and older reported current illicit drug use, up from 2.7% in 2002
  • 6.7% of adults aged 50 to 54 currently use an illicit drug compared to 6.3% for all adults over 25
  • Baby boomers (born between 1946 and 1964) continue to drive up usage rates for older adults

An earlier NSDUH summary report based on 2010 data provides more statistics, including the following:

  • Nonmedical prescription drug use nearly equals marijuana use among adults aged 60 and older
  • Adults aged 50 and older who only took one type of drug illicitly usually took marijuana (45.2%) or prescription drugs (31.5%)
  • For older adults only taking one drug, nonmedical prescription drug use was more common among females (44.4%) than males (23.4%)

Furthermore, the 2006 Annals of Epidemiology study, “Projecting Drug Use Among Aging Baby Boomers in 2020”, predicts that nonmedical prescription drug use among older adults will double by 2020.

Lortab Addiction Treatment

The government publication, “Substance Abuse Among Older Adults” (last updated in 2013), notes that several unique barriers exist for older adults needing addiction treatment, including the following:

  • Greater sensitivity to negative stigmas associated with substance abuse
  • Ageist stereotypes that discount legitimate problems as resulting from being too old
  • Denial and lack of awareness is more common among older addicts
  • Limited mobility and co-occurring conditions increase with age

Older adults and their families should not let these hurdles stand in the way. Treatment professionals understand what older addicts are going through and are ready to provide effective care. Rehabilitation centers typically offer a number of potential services, including the following:

  • Tapered detoxification that gradually weans the drug from the system for more comfort
  • Medical supervision and concurrent health care for issues related to the addiction and otherwise
  • Counseling and behavioral therapies to build a strong foundation for recovery
  • Screenings and integrated treatment for co-occurring mental health issues
  • Optional holistic treatments like massage, yoga, meditation and acupuncture

Older patients may require additional assistance, and the treatment staff is ready to help in positive and encouraging ways. Most facilities can also accommodate wheelchairs.

Lortab Addiction Help at Any Age

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