Misconceptions about Interventions for Lortab Users

Misconceptions about Interventions for Lortab UsersLortab is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen that is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers, and acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone. Painkillers are intended to alter how your brain perceives pain so that you do not suffer with pain. To achieve this, many painkillers cause the brain to stop functioning in its normal manner and to be influenced by the sense of euphoria that many painkillers provide.

Lortab Abuse Effects

Between the desire to minimize pain and the fact that your brain is not functioning in a normal manner, it is not unusual for a person to either increase the prescribed dosage or increase the frequency with which they take Lortab. Both of those behaviors are indicators of abuse.

Misconceptions about Interventions

While the concepts of interventions are becoming more mainstream, there are still many misconceptions about interventions including the following:

Misconception – Interventions are only conducted when the addict is taking illegal drugs. The largest growing addict population is those people who are addicted to prescribed medication. In fact, prescribed medications are a very difficult addiction for people to acknowledge because they think that they cannot be addicted to something that their physician prescribed for them. When a doctor prescribes Lortab for the treatment of severe pain, the intention is that Lortab is to be used only until the pain subsides through remediation of the problem causing the pain. For example, if you are prescribed Lortab after surgery, as your body heals, you want to start reducing the amount of Lortab that you take gradually so that when you body has healed, you are no longer taking Lortab.

An intervention is a very useful strategy for a person addicted to Lortab. During the intervention, any misconceptions that the addict may have about his addiction can be addressed.

Misconception – Interventions work better if you threaten the addict. Threatening an addict may be an option to encourage the addict to enter treatment, but threats need to be carefully thought out and cautiously delivered. It is very important that an addict understand that the “threat” is a consequence of their addiction and are not being used to punish the addict. Whoever delivers a threat to the addict has to make sure that he is willing to act upon that threat; if not, it is better to not use threats in the intervention.

Misconception – For an intervention to be successful, you need to have a formal meeting. The goal of an intervention is to have the addict acknowledge his addiction and seek treatment. If this goal can be met through an informal discussion between you and the addict, then you have had a successful intervention. However, you may need to have a more formal meeting with a trained interventionist to achieve the desired result.

Get Help for Interventions

While interventions range from an informal conversation to a structured and rehearsed meeting, the goal of all interventions is to get the addict into treatment. To maximize on the potential for success, it makes sense to consult an interventionist. You may not know where to start or what questions to ask, but we are here to help. Please call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about interventions.