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Lortab Addiction

Lortab addiction is a very serious and sometimes life threatening dilemma. Not only is it difficult for the addict, it is extremely hard on those around them who care about them. For the addict, admitting they have an addiction problem can be difficult. However painful this may be, it must be acknowledged as the first gradient to overcoming the problem. The next hurdle is being willing to seek & accept help from an addiction professional. It can be hard for an addict to confront the fact that they can not do it alone. Once this fact is accepted, it is time to seek the appropriate professional treatment. Drug rehab programs based on the social education modality are highly successful. This means that individuals who are recovering from Lortab addiction are not made wrong for their past indiscretions, but are taught how to avoid future ones. They are provided with knowledge on how to change their lives and how to live comfortably without Lortab. Receiving treatment for addiction should be done in a safe & stable environment that is conducive to addiction recovery. Research studies show that residential treatment programs of at least 3 months in duration have the best success rates. 3 months may seem like a long time, but one day in the life of an individual addicted to Lortab can feel like an eternity. Addiction is a self imposed hellish slavery. The chains can be broken people do it everyday. You can be free!

Lortab Treatment Options

Drug rehabilitation is a multi-phase, multi-faceted, long term process. Detoxification is only the first step on the road of addiction treatment. Physical detoxification alone is not sufficient to change the patterns of a drug addict. Recovery from addiction involves an extended process which usually requires the help of drug addiction professionals. To make a successful recovery, the addict needs new tools in order to deal with situations and problems which arise. Factors such as encountering someone from their days of using, returning to the same environment and places, or even small things such as smells and objects trigger memories which can create psychological stress. This can hinder the addict's goal of complete recovery, thus not allowing the addict to permanently regain control of his or her life.

Almost all addicts tell themselves in the beginning that they can conquer their addiction on their own without the help of outside resources. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. When an addict makes an attempt at detoxification and to discontinue drug use without the aid of professional help, statistically the results do not last long. Research into the effects of long-term addiction has shown that substantial changes in the way the brain functions are present long after the addict has stopped using drugs. Realizing that a drug addict who wishes to recover from their addiction needs more than just strong will power is the key to a successful recovery. Battling not only cravings for their drug of choice, re-stimulation of their past and changes in the way their brain functions, it is no wonder that quitting drugs without professional help is an uphill battle.

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  • Facts about Lortab

    Q) What is Lortab?

    A) Lortab combines a narcotic analgesic (painkiller) and cough reliever with a non-narcotic analgesic for the relief of moderate to moderately severe pain.

    Q) How is Lortab used?

    A) Lortab when abused is taken orally, chewed, crushed (then snorted like cocaine), or crushed (then dissolved in water and injected like heroin). Lortab is is a combination of Hydrocodone bitartrate and Acetaminophen. Lortab, when used medicinally is given by mouth either in tablet or liquid form.

    Q) What are the side effects of Lortab?

    A) The side effects of Lortab are:

    • drowsiness
    • dizziness or lightheadedness
    • nausea / vomiting
    • unusual fatigue or weakness
    • allergic reactions
    • anxiety
    • blood disorders
    • constipation
    • decreased mental and physical capability
    • difficulty urinating
    • fear
    • hearing loss
    • itching
    • mental clouding
    • mood changes
    • restlessness
    • skin rash
    • slowed breathing
    • sluggishness
    • pinpoint pupils
    • flushing
    • dry mouth

    Q) What other medicines can interact with Lortab?

    A) Other medications that may interact with Lortab are:

    • medicines for seizures
    • medicines for high blood pressure
    • alcohol
    • warfarin
    • cimetidine
    • antacids

    Because Lortab can cause drowsiness, other medicines that also cause drowsiness may increase this effect of Lortab. Some other medicines that cause drowsiness are:

    • alcohol - containing medicines
    • barbiturates such as Phenobarbital
    • certain antidepressants or tranquilizers
    • muscle relaxants
    • certain antihistamines used in cold medicines

    Q) Is Lortab addictive?

    A)Yes, People become dependent upon Lortab for a feeling of well-being and will often get multiple prescriptions from different doctors to support their habit. Addictive drugs activate the brain’s reward systems. The promise of reward is very intense, causing the individual to crave the drug and to focus his or her activities around taking the drug. The ability of addictive drugs to strongly activate brain reward mechanisms and their ability to chemically alter the normal functioning of these systems can produce an addiction. Drugs also reduce a person’s level of consciousness, harming the ability to think or be fully aware of present surroundings.

    Q) Can you overdose on Lortab?

    A) Yes, the symptoms of an overdose are:

    • body as a whole
      • muscle spasticity
    • respiratory
      • breathing slow and labored
      • breathing shallow
      • no breathing
    • eyes, ears, nose, and throat
      • pinpoint pupils
    • skin
      • bluish skin (fingernails and lips)
      • cold and clammy skin
      • heavy perspiration
    • gastrointestinal
      • spasms of the stomach and/or intestinal tract
      • constipation
      • vomiting
    • heart and blood vessels
      • weak pulse
      • low blood pressure / slow heartbeat
    • nervous system
      • drowsiness
      • coma

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