Understanding Lortab Addiction
Lortab is a prescription medication that is also known as Norco, Vicodin and Lorcet. Though these versions of the medication may have small differences. Lortab combines hydrocodone with acetaminophen and because of this, it is considered an opioid, and it is a contributor to the major opioid epidemic that is a huge problem for our country at the moment.
Lortab is typically prescribed for acute pain following a surgery or injury. It can also be prescribed in the long term for patients that have chronic pain though this is not as common. With any opioid painkilling medication, there is a potential for abuse and addiction. Lortab is no different.
The Effects of Lortab on the Body
The hydrocodone part of Lortab is similar to other opioids in the effect that it has on the body. While opioids are typically derived from morphine, hydrocodone is made in a laboratory. It is semi-synthetic. When a person takes an opioid medication, it decreases the pain signals that are transmitted via the nervous system in the body, which alters your perception of pain. It also floods the brain with feel-good chemicals, which leads to a feeling of euphoria.
Lortab can also have other effects on the body like:
- Blurred vision
- Nausea and vomiting
Lortab Addiction Signs and Symptoms
Are you worried that you might have a Lortab addiction? Do you fear that a spouse, relative, friend or co-worker has a problem with Lortab? If so, there are certain signs and symptoms that you need to be aware of. These signs and symptoms are both behavioral and physical. If you notice two or more of these symptoms, there may be an issue.
- Social isolation
- Lack of interest in activities
- Damaged relationships
- Failure at work or school
- Uncharacteristic stealing or lying
- “Doctor shopping” to receive multiple prescriptions
- Financial problems
- Drastic mood swings
- Clear feelings of euphoria or elation
- Drowsiness or dizziness
- Loss of consciousness or nodding off
- Slowed breathing
- Constricted pupils
Having a Lortab Addiction Intervention
In the event that you have a loved one with a Lortab addiction, an intervention may be needed. An intervention occurs when multiple loved ones sit a person down to express their concerns and ask him or her to seek treatment. Interventions must be handled in the right way. Intervention specialists are able to advise you on the best way to stage an intervention, and they are able to run the intervention for you and make sure you are communicating in a loving way.
While interventions may be a necessary tool, no one can make your loved one get treatment unless he or she is ready to seek treatment. You may need to have some consequences to not receiving treatment. The active addiction may make it difficult for anyone to reach your loved one if there aren’t tangible consequences.
Lortab Withdrawal Symptoms
Because Lortab is an opioid, when someone stops taking it, there will be some withdrawal symptoms. The severity of the symptoms will depend on how long you have been taking Lortab and how much you are currently taking. While you are detoxing, you may want to visit a detox center or a treatment center with medical detox programs so that you can have medical supervision throughout this process.
Early Lortab withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Sleep trouble
- Excessive sweating
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Muscle aches and body pains
- Anxiety and agitation
Late Lortab withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Goosebumps on skin
- Enlarged pupils
- Abdominal pain and cramping
- Nausea and vomiting
Lortab Addiction Treatment
Lortab addiction can quickly overtake your life. If this is the case for you, it has never been more important that you seek treatment. Every day, more and more people in America are falling victim to the opioid epidemic. Don’t become just another statistic. Do whatever is necessary for you to heal and get on a path to recovery.
The Recovery Village Ridgefield is conveniently located within thirty minutes from Portland, Oregon and three hours from Seattle, Washington in the beautiful Cascade Mountains. We feature medical detox as well as inpatient, outpatient and aftercare treatment programs. Our addiction specialists are compassionate, and we understand what you are going through as many of us are in recovery ourselves. Change your life, and give us a call today.
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