Seeking Lortab Addiction Treatment for a Loved One

Seeking Lortab addiction treatment for a loved oneLortab is a prescription pain reliever containing acetaminophen and hydrocodone, an opioid medication which carries a high risk of both physical and psychological addiction. People may find themselves addicted to Lortab after using it for treating pain or may become addicted after recreational use. Although anyone can become addicted to painkillers like Lortab, rates of abuse are particularly high among teenagers. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that in 2006, nearly one in ten high school seniors abused a drug whose primary ingredient was hydrocodone. This may be linked to easy availability. A 2008 study found combination hydrocodone and acetaminophen medications like Lortab to be the most frequently prescribed medications with 124 million prescriptions written.

Signs of Lortab Addiction

If a loved one has been prescribed Lortab for a medical condition and has become addicted, you may notice that prescriptions don’t last as long as they should or that the person may “doctor shop,” go from one physician to another in search of new prescriptions for the drug. Someone who is addicted may seem overly preoccupied with acquiring the medication and may become defensive when questions about use are raised.

Whether the addiction developed from a prescription or from recreational use, once it has set in, acquiring and taking the drug becomes a high priority and other activities seem less important. People who are addicted to Lortab may drop activities they once enjoyed and may neglect responsibilities and personal hygiene. Users may experience withdrawal symptoms if they miss a dose or cannot get Lortab. Lortab withdrawal symptoms to watch for include the following:

  • Flu-like symptoms, such as runny nose, watery eyes, sneezing, chills and fever
  • Mood changes, such as depression, anxiety, restlessness and irritability
  • Nausea, diarrhea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Pain or pins and needles sensations
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia

Treating Addiction to Lortab

Lortab addiction is serious but treatable. A treatment program will begin with medically managed detox, in which withdrawal symptoms are minimized while the drug is cleared from a user’s system. Inpatient or outpatient therapy is the next step and will involve education and group and individual counseling. It may also involve medication-assisted maintenance therapy. It is important to identify and address any co-occurring physical and mental health conditions while the Lortab addiction is being treated, preferably in the same environment and in a coordinated manner. Aftercare and relapse prevention are also important parts of a quality treatment program.

Treatment doesn’t have to be voluntary to be effective. Family members and friends of those with Lortab addiction can provide incentives for their loved ones to enter treatment with the assurance that once they are there, change and recovery are possible. Motivational enhancement therapies are often an important part of drug addiction counseling and can help increase the desire of clients to remain in treatment.

We Can Help Your Loved One Recover from Lortab Addiction

It’s scary to watch a loved one struggle in the grip of a Lortab addiction. We understand and want to help. Call our 24 hour toll-free number, and let us answer your questions and give you the tools you need to help the one you love. There is hope, and recovery is possible. Call now.