How to Assess Lortab Recovery Needs

How to Assess Lortab Recovery NeedsLortab is a powerful narcotic painkiller comprised of hydrocodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol) that is highly addictive. Millions of people have become hooked on this synthetic opiate after doing nothing more reckless than filling a legitimate prescription for pain following surgery or injury. Identifying the symptoms of Lortab addiction early and seeking the appropriate treatment is critical to the recovery process.

How and Why Does Lortab Addiction Happen?

As with all opiates, Lortab works by binding to special chemical receptors that send and receive pain signals throughout the central nervous system. In the process it also blocks any emotional or psychological pain or distress. When a person first uses Lortab, he or she is likely to feel a euphoric high that will block out not only their physical pain, but also symptoms of any of the following emotional issues:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Fear
  • Loneliness
  • Personality disorders
  • Self-esteem deficiency

As the effects of the drug wear off and these symptoms start to return, the patient may start to crave the medication. People who have used the medication for even just a couple of weeks may feel intense withdrawal symptoms when they stop using it, including the following:

  • Intense pain
  • Panic attacks
  • Nightmares and sleep disorders
  • Nausea, vomiting and diarrhea
  • Fever, cold sweats, chills
  • Tremors, shakes and seizures
  • Depression with or without suicidal thoughts or actions

These symptoms can cause a person to do things he never thought possible in order to get more of the drug.

Recognizing the Symptoms of Lortab Addiction

Because Lortab is used to treat physical pain, the symptoms of addiction can be both in the body and in the mind. The following is a partial list of potential Lortab addiction symptoms:

  • The onset of withdrawal as the medication’s effects fade
  • Frequent worry about having a supply of the drug available
  • Increased tolerance to the drug, making pain more difficult to manage
  • Panic attacks
  • Dishonesty with friends, loved ones, doctors or pharmacists about drug use
  • Using any drugs that were not procured with a proper prescription (a friend or family member’s supply or buying from a dealer)

If you or a loved one is displaying signs of Lortab addiction, seek help immediately.

What Does Lortab Recovery Look Like?

Successful Lortab addiction recovery addresses both the physical and psychological needs of the individual through a combination of the following:

  • Individual counseling to identify and treat underlying mental conditions
  • Support group meetings
  • Introduction to healthy coping skills
  • Relaxation techniques including meditation, yoga, etc.

These programs are available in both inpatient and outpatient formats. Recovery professionals can assess your Lortab recovery needs and then connect you with the best type of treatment for your specific needs.

Call for Lortab Recovery Help Today

Our toll-free Lortab recovery helpline is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our admission coordinators are ready to answer your questions right now and to connect you with the help you need. We can even answer questions about insurance coverage and travel issues. Don’t put off treatment for one more day. We can help you end your Lortab dependence. Call now.