How Can I Tell If My Child Is High on Lortab?

How Can I Tell If My Child Is High on Lortab?Lortab abuse is dangerous and can lead to addiction. The sooner that the problem is identified, the sooner it can be addressed. Unfortunately children, adolescents and young adults rarely volunteer to their parents the information that they are using drugs. Parents must do their best to read the clues that Lortab abuse leaves.

Effects of Lortab Abuse

Lortab combines hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller, with acetaminophen, the active ingredient found in Tylenol. The drug is widely abused, and it is easily available. Opioid drugs like hydrocodone are chemically similar to heroin and morphine and have similar effects. Although drug effects may vary slightly between users, most people who abuse Lortab do so because it can produce euphoria or a sense of contentment and satisfaction. Although some users report a surge of energy, most people find the drug sedating.

Lortab may cause many unwanted side effects including the following:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Drowsiness
  • Constipation
  • Itching
  • Sweating
  • Impaired coordination

As people continue to use Lortab, their bodies develop tolerance and then dependence. Dependent Lortab users experience withdrawal symptoms, when the drug isn’t taken on a regular basis. Withdrawal symptoms may seem like the flu and include sneezing, sweating, fever and watery eyes. Mental health effects like depression and extreme anxiety are common. Regular use of Lortab may also cause people to become more sensitive to pain.

Behavioral Signs of Lortab Dependence

As people become dependent on Lortab, their priorities begin to change, and acquiring and using the drug consumes more of their time and energy. This may show itself in a number of ways including the following:

  • Lortab users may stop participating in activities they once enjoyed
  • Because of a lack of focus on schoolwork, grades may decline
  • Peer groups often change
  • Lortab users may become more withdrawn and secretive at home
  • They may often ask to borrow money
  • Lortab users may sell some of their belongings to pay for drugs
  • Parents may notice some of their own money or items missing

Discussing Lortab Abuse

It isn’t easy to confront a child about suspected Lortab abuse, but the problem won’t get better without intervention. The sooner that the problem is addressed, the better. When discussing the issue it is important for parents to emphasize their concern and love. Educate the user about possible consequences, and providing a pamphlet or material printed from an online source is often helpful. Parents should ask open-ended questions and be open and willing to listen to everything their child has to say.

You Don’t Have to Face Addiction Alone

If you suspect your child has become addicted to Lortab, we can answer your questions, assess the situation and help you find an interventionist, counselor or treatment program. Our helpline is available 24 hours a day, and the call is always free. You don’t have to face this alone. Call now, and let us join your team.