Counseling for Lortab Addiction

Counseling for Lortab addictionLortab is a brand name analgesic (pain reliever) that contains a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever, while acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. Combination medications such as Lortab can be particularly dangerous, as they are both highly addictive and can have dangerous side effects. Medications containing acetaminophen are also dangerous when mixed with alcohol. Alcohol can increase the effects of Lortab to dangerous levels and can be fatal. Lortab can be especially dangerous for those with any of the following conditions:

  • Asthma, COPD or sleep apnea
  • Liver or kidney disease
  • A history of head injury or brain tumor
  • Low blood pressure
  • A stomach or intestinal disorder
  • Underactive thyroid
  • Addison’s disease or other adrenal gland disorder
  • Curvature of the spine
  • Mental illness
  • A history of drug or alcohol addiction

Side Effects of Lortab

The most severe side effects of Lortab use can include the following:

  • Shallow breathing
  • Slow heartbeat
  • Feeling light-headed or fainting
  • Confusion
  • Fear
  • Unusual thoughts or behavior
  • Seizures
  • Problems urinating

Less serious but more common side effects of Lortab can include:

  • Feeling anxious
  • Feeling dizzy or drowsy
  • Mild nausea, vomiting, upset stomach or constipation
  • Headache
  • Mood changes
  • Blurred vision
  • Dry mouth

Lortab Detoxification and Withdrawal

The first step of recovery from Lortab addiction is detox. Detox is the process by which a toxic substance is completely removed from the body. It can be an unpleasant process and is dangerous when done without medical supervision. Within hours of discontinuing use or changing the dose normally taken, Lortab users experience withdrawal symptoms. Lortab withdrawal symptoms can include the following:

  • Intense psychological and physical craving for the drug
  • Extreme and uncharacteristic irritability
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Aches and pains
  • Runny nose and watery eyes
  • Dilated pupils
  • Cold sweats
  • Yawning
  • Fever

Counseling and Treatment for Lortab Addiction

Recovering from Lortab addiction can be a very difficult process. Unfortunately, the difficulty and discomfort of detox can be for nothing if not followed with the proper addiction counseling. Patients who detox and do not receive aftercare are much more likely to relapse. Counseling is beneficial to the recovering Lortab user, as it provides a chance to learn about addiction and personal use triggers. One-on-one counseling as well as group therapy can provide a chance for the patient to practice social and life skills while communication with a community of peers struggling with the same challenges. Counseling provides the emotional and psychological support needed for long-term Lortab addiction recovery.

Get Treatment and Counseling for Lortab Addiction

If you or a loved one is addicted to Lortab, help is only a toll-free call away. Our helpline is staffed by caring and experienced counselors and is available 24 hours a day. Let us help you find the counseling and treatment you need. There is hope, call now.  .