Planning an Intervention for Lortab Abuse

Planning an Intervention for Lortab AbuseLortab is a highly addictive, semi-synthetic prescription painkiller that is made of the narcotic drug hydrocodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol.) Millions of people become physically and psychologically addicted to this medication each year. In many cases the addicted individuals are the last to realize that they have a problem. When every other attempt to encourage Lortab addicts to get help fails, friends and loved ones may turn to a professional intervention to get through to them.

How Does Lortab Addiction Happen?

Opiates like Lortab block pain by binding to certain chemical receptors in the brain that send and receive pain signals. These same receptors are also involved in the transmission of emotional or psychological pain. Individuals suffering from anxiety, depression, impulse control disorders, or other emotional distress will feel immediate relief of those symptoms when they first use Lortab. They will experience a euphoric high until they develop a tolerance to the drug. Their brain will then crave that emotional relief in a way that is more powerful than conscious thought.

Lortab also replaces naturally occurring pain-blocking chemicals in the brain. This renders the addict physically dependent on the drug. If and when the addict stops taking it, the following potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms may be experienced:

  • Fever, chills
  • Nausea, vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Pain throughout the body
  • Shakes or tremors
  • Depression and/or anxiety

The onset of withdrawal, or even just the fear of it, is enough to keep many addicts from quitting.

Essential Elements of a Successful Lortab Intervention

Organized interventions are risky and frequently unsuccessful events. The psychological power of Lortab addiction is strong. The disease actually makes self-awareness challenging or even impossible for the addict. If the habit is not broken, however, the addict will often experience the following:

  • Dishonesty with friends, loved ones, or healthcare professionals in order to get more drugs
  • Continuing to use the drug despite negative physical, relational, or legal consequences
  • Increasing tolerance leading to a need for more and more of the drug
  • Combining the drug with other drugs or with alcohol in order to intensify its effects

In time, the Lortab addict will be left with a constant physical and mental need for the drug but will no longer experience the euphoria he once did.

When every attempt to get the addict to accept help fails, a professional intervention may be helpful. Specially trained interventionists work with the friends and loved ones of the addicts to accomplish the following:

  • To break through their layers of denial
  • To communicate the concern and love felt by friends and family
  • To place the addict in high-quality rehab as soon as possible
  • To establish and reinforce healthy boundaries

Interventions can become very emotional and explosive. One of the most critical jobs of an interventionist is to control the words spoken by the participants by helping them create detailed scripts to speak from. This step can be the difference between success and failure.

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