Lortab is an effective medication usually prescribed to treat moderate to severely moderate pain. However, many people misuse this drug because it can also cause euphoric effects when taken in large doses. This can cause frequent abusers to become addicted to the drug and to other opioid medications.
If you have been struggling with a Lortab addiction, now is the time to seek help. Call 800-584-3274 Who Answers? today to find safe, effective rehab programs where you can begin your recovery from your substance use disorder.
Lortab Use, Abuse, and Addiction
Lortab is a brand name medication containing acetaminophen and hydrocodone. The second ingredient in the drug is an opioid and also the reason why the medication can only legally be obtained through a doctor’s prescription. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration, hydrocodone is “the most frequently prescribed opioid in the United States” and is also associated with more abuse than any other opioid drug, illicit or licit.
People misuse Lortab and other medications containing hydrocodone because large doses of the drug can cause intense euphoria. Some individuals wind up using their medications for longer or in larger doses than they were prescribed while others may take a friend’s medication, buy the drug illegally on the street or online, or visit a number of different doctors trying to get more of the drug (a practice known as doctor shopping).
When someone abuses Lortab, they put themselves in a serious situation and make themselves vulnerable to addiction. They may also become dependent on the drug and even put themselves at risk of deadly overdose. If you have been misusing this drug and believe you have become addicted, it is time to seek help.
Signs and Symptoms of Lortab Addiction
Lortab addiction can cause a number of serious effects, many of which will start to bleed into your daily life the longer you continue abusing the drug. Here are the common signs and symptoms of Lortab addiction
- You begin to crave the drug.
- You feel you will not be able to stop abusing the drug without help.
- You feel you cannot get through the day without the drug.
- You are hiding your Lortab abuse (or the extent of it) from your loved ones.
- You become hostile with those who bring up your drug abuse.
- You experience intense physical and psychological effects when you are unable to take Lortab, including flu-like withdrawal symptoms.
- You have done illegal things and/or put yourself or others in danger in order to obtain more of the drug.
- You realize you need more and more Lortab in order to experience the same effects you once did.
- You have considered turning to a stronger substance like fentanyl or heroin.
- According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly half the individuals surveyed in three different studied admitted to using prescription drugs before turning to heroin.
- You have overdosed on Lortab.
- Both acetaminophen and hydrocodone can cause life-threatening effects if abused in large enough doses, and someone who has overdosed on Lortab needs to be taken to the hospital IMMEDIATELY.
There are also physical and psychological side effects associated with Lortab abuse, which, as stated by the National Library of Medicine, include
- Dry throat
- Difficulty urinating
- Fuzzy thinking
- Liver issues
- Taking acetaminophen in large doses frequently can cause serious effects on the liver. Those who experience this problem and still refuse to quit using Lortab (or who cannot stop) are struggling with an addiction.
- Hearing loss
- According to the American Journal of Otolaryngology, hearing loss is a potential side effect that may affect individuals who abuse hydrocodone/acetaminophen drugs. It can be treated with a cochlear implant.
How Do I Know I’m Addicted to Lortab?
If you have been abusing Lortab for a few months or longer on a regular basis and have experienced any of the issues listed above, it is likely that you are already addicted to the drug. Lortab addiction is dangerous and can lead to many serious effects, but the best way to know if you are truly addicted to the drug is to ask yourself: Will I be able to stop using easily and without serious consequences?
If you are likely to experience withdrawal symptoms or if you are worried you will not be able to quit on your own, you are addicted to the drug and will need professional help in order to quit. Even if you are unsure, though, it is probably safer to seek treatment in a rehab center in order to ensure you will recover from your substance abuse as safely as possible.
What Treatment Options Are Available for Lortab Addicts?
Treatment for opioid addiction usually involves at least two evidence-based practices that, when used together, have been found to be extremely effective.
- Medications, according to the NIDA, “can be used to manage withdrawal symptoms, prevent relapse, and treat co-occurring conditions.” Some of the most commonly used pharmacological options for opioid addiction include
- Methadone, an opioid agonist
- Buprenorphine, a partial opioid agonist
- Naltrexone, an opioid antagonist
- LAAM, an opioid agonist
- Behavioral therapies are the most effective options for addiction treatment. Patients often utilize these programs to learn skills that will help them avoid relapse and uncover the reasons why they began abusing drugs in the first place. Some of the most commonly used behavioral therapies in opioid addiction treatment include
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
- Contingency management
- 12-step facilitation therapy
- Group therapy
- Family and couples therapy
- Motivational enhancement therapy
Some rehab centers also offer holistic treatment methods like yoga, art therapy, and spiritual development. Others may provide vocational counseling, HIV testing and prevention, or housing help.
In general, there are many different types of treatment centers for Lortab addiction and different programs available for recovery. Depending on your needs, it is important to find out what a particular rehab program offers and how it may be beneficial to you.
Types of Rehab Centers for Lortab Addiction
Opioid addiction treatment centers come in many different categories and may provide several of the options listed above (or more). Consider these options in order to be able to choose the best type of rehab center for your Lortab addiction recovery.
- Inpatient vs. outpatient care: Inpatient centers offer 24-hour treatment in a controlled environment. This is usually a better option for those individuals who need more intensive care like patients with co-occurring mental disorders and patients without a strong support system at home. According to the NIDA, outpatient centers are less intensive and better suited to those with jobs and extensive social supports. These programs do not offer 24-hour care but many will still provide evidence-based practices for treatment.
- Low-cost vs. luxury care: If you are concerned about paying for treatment or have a very low income, you may qualify for low-cost or even free Lortab rehab. On the other hand, if you are looking for a more expensive option, luxury rehab offers additional amenities and treatment options. And of course there are many programs that fall between these two cost categories.
- Short-term vs. long-term care: Some facilities provide care that lasts only a short while, sometimes as little as 28 days. These facilities will normally help patients transition into another treatment program afterwards. Another option is long-term rehab, which can last as long as 6 months to a year. There are also programs that last 30 days, 60 days, and 90 days, which is considered the minimum amount for a full and well-rounded treatment program to last in order for a patient to receive the benefits of that program.
- Methadone maintenance treatment vs. non-methadone maintenance care: MMT is one of the most commonly utilized treatment programs for opioid addiction. It is extremely effective for individuals with severe dependencies. However, it does have certain stigmas associated with it that make many recovering addicts consider another path.
It is important to consider what you are looking for in terms of care and also which treatment options will best suit your recovery in order to choose the best option for your needs. Let us help you make the choice; call 800-584-3274 Who Answers? now.
How Can I Pay for Lortab Addiction Treatment?
Paying for treatment is not as difficult a task at it may seem. Even if you don’t have the money to pay out of pocket for a luxury rehab program, there are still many options for safe, effective recovery in professional rehab centers that are affordable for many different budgets. Here are some possible ways you can make paying for rehab even easier.
- Ask your friends and family members if they wouldn’t mind chipping in to help you pay for rehab. They will likely want to help in any way they can to ensure that you will get the treatment you need.
- Use your insurance plan. Most insurance companies will pay at least part, if not all, of the cost of rehab, and depending on your plan, you may be able to pay even less than you were expecting.
- Choose free or low-cost care. Most of these facilities accept patients based on factors like income, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, so if you are struggling financially, this could be a helpful option for you.
- Finance your treatment costs. Many rehab centers will allow you pay a certain amount of your out of pocket costs up front and then pay the rest in smaller increments over a set period of time, making your payments more manageable.
Finding the Best Lortab Rehab Programs for My Needs
We want to help you find the best rehab options for your current needs. There are so many rehab centers in the country that finding the right one can be difficult, so don’t let yourself become overwhelmed. Call 800-584-3274 Who Answers? today to speak with a treatment advisor who can
- Help you find programs that will accept your insurance
- Assist you in determining if you qualify for free or low-cost rehab
- Match you with rehab centers that offer the treatment programs you require
- Get you in touch with specific rehab facilities and help you begin the intake process
- Help you make a plan to get started on your recovery and get into the treatment program of your choice
Our treatment advisors are always available to help you. Finding the best treatment option for your needs is essential to a safe and effective recovery, and we want to help you put an end to your Lortab abuse for good.
What Happens After Lortab Rehab?
Recovering from a Lortab addiction often takes more than one rehab program. This is why many individuals choose an aftercare option once their program has ended. Many rehab centers will assist you in making the transition into one of these options, such as
- Booster sessions where you will visit the facility more infrequently in order to have check-ups on your progress
- Sober living homes where you can live in a drug-free environment but also pay rent, work, and visit with friends and loved ones
- 12-step group where you can attend meetings and strengthen your social support network, which is extremely helpful to your overall recovery (NIDA)
After rehab, you will still need to take care of yourself and guard against relapse. Living in recovery takes concentration, patience, and strength, and sometimes, you may still feel that you need help. If this does occur, seeking another treatment program is often an effective option for your recovery and can help you recapture the lessons you learned your original rehab program.
Remember, recovery may take a long time and require multiple treatment episodes, but it is something you need to work at every day in order to create a stronger and happier life, free of drug abuse.
Seek Treatment Today
Lortab is a dangerous drug when abused and can cause addiction as well as other serious effects. Call 800-584-3274 Who Answers? today if you need help for a Lortab addiction, and we will match you with the best rehab program for your current needs. Call now; your future is waiting.