Doctors: Is Your Patient Addicted to Lortab?

Doctors, is your patient addicted to lortab?Lortab contains a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain and works by blocking pain signals to the brain. Hydrocodone is an opiate, and continued use leads to tolerance, dependence and addiction. Doctors may not think it is their responsibility to prevent or address addiction while other professionals know they have the power to stop Lortab abuse but don’t know how to confront their patients.

Why Doctors Should Help Patients Addicted to Lortab

Many doctors believe their job is to help people with their physical problems. In reality, the job is to help people in their entirety. The pain that Lortab was prescribed for may be the least of a doctor’s worries once the patient becomes addicted. Addiction can ruin lives by causing the following:

  • Divorce
  • Loss of job
  • Loss of friends
  • Permanent health problems
  • Death

How to Approach a Patient Addicted to Lortab

Many people are not good at confronting others, especially when the person is not a family member or loved one. Lortab users often do not feel they have a problem. The ones that know they have a problem might have a difficult time admitting it. Others simply find drugs like Lortab provide an escape from reality and don’t want to stop taking the drug because of how it makes them feel. The following are some suggestions as how to confront a patient about Lortab abuse:

  • Help initiate an intervention. This can be done on your own, although it may be helpful to have family members, loved ones, and even a counselor at your side. An intervention can be difficult to arrange because of patient-doctor confidentiality. Talk to an intervention counselor. He or she will be able to help you set up an effective intervention.
  • Build trust between yourself and your patient. Trust is a key factor, and without it any approach can end up a failure.
  • Be prepared with backup plans and immediate follow-through in place. A backup plan may consist of helping your patient set up a Lortab tapering schedule. Immediate follow-through will allow them to check into a rehab center before they change their mind. Call the rehab center ahead of time and let them know that if all goes well, they will be getting another patient by the end of the day.

Confrontation can be difficult, but when done correctly and with respect, your patient may find himself or herself on the road to recovery. If you need tips or advice about how to confront a patient with a drug addiction, call a local rehab center for help. Counselors are standing by 24 hours a day.

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