Lortab Addiction and Mental Health Issues

Lortab addiction and mental health issuesLortab is a brand name for a formula of hydrocodone, an opium-based pain reliever, and acetaminophen, the generic version of Tylenol. Hydrocodone is an opiate drug that acts on certain brain centers to provide pain relief. As with any opiate-based drug, Lortab can be very addictive and is easily misused. Lortab abuse can turn to addiction within one to four weeks, depending upon the person using and the strength of the medication.

Lortab addiction alone offers its own challenges. When Lortab use is coupled with mental health issues, the difficulties associated with each increase exponentially.

Symptoms of Lortab Addiction

Chronic liver damage can result from taking only 4 mg of acetaminophen daily. Lortab contains up to 750 mg of acetaminophen, almost 200 times the amount of acetaminophen that can be taken safely on a daily basis without causing liver damage. Besides the concern for liver damage, Lortab addiction can be recognized by the following behaviors or physical symptoms pointing to possible addiction:

  • Hoarding pills
  • Withdrawal symptoms when out of pills
  • Isolating
  • Deceitful behavior
  • Sudden money issues
  • Preoccupation in getting another (immediate) refill before the original script is finished
  • Drug cravings
  • Nausea
  • Flu-like symptoms
  • Irritability

Lortab Withdrawal Symptoms

Lortab detox results in uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms, such as the following:

  • Irritability
  • Vomiting/nausea
  • Cravings
  • Sweats
  • Muscle aches
  • Chills
  • Fevers
  • Insomnia
  • Yawning

These symptoms often appear within six hours and last for around two weeks.

Lortab Addiction and Mental Health Treatment

An individual with both Lortab addiction and mental health issues will need to address their Dual Diagnosis with an experienced mental health and drug rehab practitioner. Perhaps the best treatment solution for Lortab addiction and mental health issues is through a residential treatment center accredited by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). SAMSHA requires facilities to have trained staff experienced in handling not only the Lortab addiction but also the co-occurring mental health conditions. Some programs offered through a SAMHSA treatment center include the following:

  • Detox
  • Drug therapy, if needed
  • 12-step programs
  • Cognitive/behavioral therapy
  • Individual and group therapy
  • Programs for co-occurring conditions/dual diagnosis
  • Outpatient programs/aftercare
  • Family programs
  • Workshops/educational events
  • Care for HIV/AIDS
  • Separate programs for youth or women

Lortab Addiction Help for Those with Mental Health Issues

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