Unintentional Lortab Dependence

Unintentional Lortab DependenceLortab is a popular prescription medication that treats pain with hydrocodone, a narcotic compound derived from the same opium poppy as heroin. While the drug has effectively helped millions of patients deal with pain, Lortab has a high rate of accidental dependence. This occurs when the body develops a tolerance to the drug and demands a higher dosage to achieve the same results, be it treating pain or seeking a euphoric high. If the person does not increase use, withdrawal symptoms can occur even if the user is taking the same amount as before. Those who do increase the dosage soon find the tolerance level will increase again as well, and a dangerous addiction cycle begins. Whether the drug is taken under a doctor’s care or recreationally, a person is wrong to believe that Lortab can be safely controlled. A drug addiction is typically unintentional, and for the person who took Lortab properly to treat pain, it can come as quite a surprise.

Signs of Lortab Addiction

There are numerous physical and behavioral signs that a Lortab addiction has taken hold. The physical signs include the following:

  • Unexplained pains and aches
  • Sensitivity to sights and sounds
  • Decline in blood pressure levels
  • Respiratory difficulties
  • Concentration and coordination problems
  • Bloodshot eyes and pupil changes
  • Constipation
  • Chills and shakes

There are many behavioral signs that also suggest an addiction problem, and they include the following:

  • Obsession with procuring more Lortab
  • Personality changes and social withdrawal
  • Blackouts and serious memory lapses
  • A neglect of general responsibilities
  • An increase in anxiety, depression or mania
  • Defensiveness when challenged on drug use
  • A rise in deceitful and dishonest behaviors

The most obvious warning sign is an overdose or Central Nervous System depression. If this occurs, call 911 immediately. The best way to avoid an overdose, however, is to seek effective, professional help.

Overcome a Lortab Dependency

Regardless of the reason for initial use, an unintentional Lortab dependence is a common, treatable condition that a person can overcome with proper help. Professional rehab helps a patient break the dependence by providing the following:

  • A tapered detox that weans the user off the pain medication for reduced withdrawals
  • Mental health screenings to look for depression, anxiety, mania or other co-occurring conditions
  • Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to improve the patient’s habits and lifestyle choices
  • Empowering new life skills that improve confidence, attitude and decision making
  • An examination of what led to the original drug use and its escalation
  • Alternative, non-narcotic options to treat ongoing or reoccurring pain
  • Group support to discuss the addiction among likeminded peers
  • Aftercare counseling and support to help with setbacks and struggles

The addiction might be unintentional, but there is nothing accidental about letting the problem continue. Getting proper help is always the right choice.

Lortab Addiction Helpline

If you have found yourself trapped in an unintentional addiction, our caring staff can help. Call our toll-free helpline any time day or night to discuss dependence signs, rehab options and the appropriate types of treatment. Health insurance companies typically cover professional rehab, and we can check your policy for benefits. We are here for you 24 hours a day, so call now.