How to Prepare for a Conversation about a Loved One’s Lortab Addiction
When a friend or family member exhibits the signs of Lortab addiction, you may find yourself dreading the idea of confronting the subject, yet caring about your loved one too much to stay silent.
Communicating with an addict is a delicate process. Addiction changes the way the brain works, and often an addict’s behavior and reactions will not seem logical to the addict’s loved ones. While an addict’s reaction may not be predictable, certain methods of communication may be more effective than others. Once you have recognized the symptoms of Lortab addiction, it is important to prepare to confront the addict in a healthy way.
What Are the Signs of Lortab Addiction?
Lortab is a prescription pain medication that contains hydrocodone, a highly addictive substance. It is in a group of drugs called opiates. Lortab is used to relieve moderate to severe pain, but its euphoric effects prompt some to use it recreationally.
It may be difficult to tell if someone who is struggling with chronic pain has a Lortab addiction, but various behavioral and physical symptoms are characteristic of addiction, including the following:
- Using more than one doctor – Due to increased tolerance, Lortab addicts increase their doses and may seek out the drug from multiple sources.
- Secrecy concerning medications – Addicts may take their medication in private and make an effort to hide pill bottles or other evidence of addiction. They may grow uncomfortable or angry when the topic is addressed, even if no accusation is involved.
- Financial trouble – A Lortab addict will go to great lengths to obtain more of the medication or similar medication. Obtaining the drugs becomes an addict’s highest priority, and whether the addict is obtaining it illegally or through prescriptions, the addict is willing to make financial sacrifices to continue using.
- Disregard for responsibilities – Because addiction can drastically change an addict’s priorities, the addict may no longer be attentive to work, school, family or hobbies.
- Physical symptoms – Physical signs include nausea and vomiting, muscle tremors, confusion, interrupted sleeping patterns, lethargy, drowsiness, dizziness and an inability to concentrate.
If your loved one shows any of these signs of addiction, it may be time for you to confront your loved one about his or her Lortab use.
How Do You Talk to a Lortab Addict?
Before you confront an addict, research Lortab addiction. Speak with professionals at treatment centers and find out what treatment entails and what type of program might be beneficial for this individual. Consider whether the situation might be better handled with an intervention. Interventions that involve professionals are structured and may be less likely to make the addict feel as though the people in his or her life are judging him or her. If an addict is exhibiting unpredictable behavior or has a history of rage, violence or suicidal tendencies, an intervention may be the optimal form of communication.
The most important thing is to remain supportive of the addict without being supportive of the addiction. Communicate honestly without being harsh and be willing to do whatever is best for the addict and the addict’s recovery.
Treatment for Lortab Addiction
If you have a friend or family member struggling with Lortab addiction, call our toll-free helpline to learn about treatment and discuss a program that will suit his or her individual needs. Our trained counselors are available 24 hours a day. Call today.