Lortab Detox Center in Port. St. Lucie, FL
Prescribed to alleviate moderate to severe pain, Lortab is a combination drug that includes both hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Frequently offered to those recovering from invasive surgeries or serious injuries, Lortab alters how the brain and body experience and respond to pain. The hydrocodone in Lortab is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic. It binds to the brain’s opioid receptors to effectively block pain signals. Thus, even when the conditions for feeling pain are present, people who take Lortab may feel no discomfort at all.
Like all opioids, hydrocodone is highly addictive. Taking Lortab continuously for more than three weeks places a person at high risk of addiction. With increasing tolerance, many people with legitimate Lortab prescriptions often wind up taking more of this drug than they were prescribed or seeking other opioids like it.
At Agape Detox Center, our Lortab detox program is customized to suit the needs of the individual. We take a holistic, whole-health approach to help people regain their health, reclaim their lives, and establish solid foundations for recovery. If you’ve been struggling to quit Lortab or control your Lortab use, you’ll find all of the tools and support you need at our Port St. Lucie Lortab detox center.
What is Lortab?
Lortab is a combination drug that includes both a non-opioid pain reliever (acetaminophen) and an opioid pain reliever (hydrocodone). Available in doses as low as 10 mg and as high as 325 mg, Lortab is always offered in pill form. Due to its highly addictive nature and the known side effects of long-term Lortab use, using this drug is not considered a safe or sustainable way for people to deal with chronic or recurring pain.
It is not common for people to have their Lortab prescriptions renewed multiple times. If the conditions for pain still exist after a Lortab prescription has ended, many doctors will recommend alternative treatments or alternative pain management strategies. Unfortunately, for some people, physical dependence on Lortab can be achieved within just a matter of weeks.
Lortab Addiction and Abuse
Taking more Lortab than your doctor has prescribed is a sign of a developing addiction. Other forms of Lortab abuse include:
As with all prescription opioids, the hydrocodone in Lortab does more than provide near-instant and near-total pain relief. It also creates intense feelings of relaxation and euphoria. For this reason, this drug is often abused by people who suffer from extreme feelings of stress and anxiety, live with repressed trauma, or enjoy using euphoria-inducing medications recreationally.
Many people who are addicted to Lortab have only ever used this drug according to their doctor’s instructions. Others have abused their prescriptions by using Lortab more often than intended or by otherwise increasing their doses. Others still have never had prescriptions for this medication and have always purchased it illicitly. As people build a tolerance to Lortab, this drug can become a gateway to other forms of opioid abuse.
Negative Effects of Lortab Abuse
Lortab has a number of known side effects that include:
- Respiratory depression
- Fainting spells
Although these side effects may present with regular Lortab use, they are far more likely to occur when this drug is abused. When people use Lortab for longer than one month, additional side effects may present including:
- Constant Lortab cravings
- Fluctuating moods and personality changes
- Impaired judgment
- Compulsive behavior
The long-term side effects of Lortab are largely behavioral changes that indicate full-blown Lortab addiction.
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Lortab Withdrawal Symptoms and Signs
The physical symptoms of Lortab withdrawal often develop within just six to 12 hours of last use. They include:
If these symptoms are not mitigated early-on, they can progress to include muscle spasms, auditory and visual hallucinations, and seizures. At Agape Detox Center, we offer constant monitoring and support throughout the entire detox process. We make sure that our patients stay hydrated, receive ample nutrition, and are safely able to moderate their pain levels. We offer sleep support, and we’re able to use various medications, weaning strategies, and other interventions to limit both physiological and psychological stress.
Lortab Withdrawal Timeline
Lortab withdrawal start within just a matter of hours after a person’s last use, but it can span for several days or weeks. The timeline for Lortab withdrawal can vary for each person depending upon factors like their:
For most people, the initial, physical symptoms of withdrawal peak within five days of their start and abate within just 10 to 14 days. However, these symptoms can last for several weeks for people who’ve been abusing Lortab for a considerable amount of time.
Even after a person’s physical detox is finished, the brain and body will still be recovering from the effects of Lortab abuse. Changes in the brain’s chemistry cause the second set of withdrawal symptoms to present that are largely psychological. These are known as post-acute withdrawal symptoms (PAWS). PAWS commonly include:
PAWS can span for one to two months after detox has ended. However, certain post-acute withdrawal symptoms may recur for up to one full year.
When Do You Need Detox for Lortab Addiction?
People who attempt to quit Lortab or other opioid-containing medications “cold turkey” may be at risk of developing opioid withdrawal syndrome. This is a dangerous condition in which the cumulative fluid loss caused by withdrawal symptoms such as vomiting and diarrhea result in severe dehydration. Without medical monitoring and support, dehydration during detox can cause elevated blood sodium (hypernatremia) and heart failure. Thus, if you’ve been abusing Lortab, you should consult with your doctor or enroll in a medically assisted detox program.
Lortab Detox at Agape Detox Center
Each person at our Port St. Lucie facility is given an individualized detox plan. We realize that opioid detox can look different for everyone. Upon arriving, our patients undergo comprehensive medical exams and mental health evaluations. We use the information that we collect during these assessments to determine which treatment modalities and therapy types will work best. During detox, patients are closely monitored by onsite team members, and diligent steps are taken to stabilize their vital signs, limit their pain, and keep their motivation levels high.
At Agape Detox Center, we work hard to ensure that our patients are as comfortable as they can possibly be throughout the entire withdrawal process. In addition to offering medical support, sleep support, and nutritional and hydration support, we also provide a diverse range of on-campus therapies. When our patients feel ready and able, they can take part in our dual diagnosis treatment program, various forms of behavioral therapy, group therapy, and more. Best of all, once a person’s Lortab detox is done, they can seamlessly move into our inpatient rehab.
What to Expect During Detox
Detox support at Agape Detox Center starts the minute you walk through our doors. Our team will assess your pain levels, complete your entry evaluations, and get you settled into your room. Once you’re ready, we’ll go over the fine points of your customized detox plan. This way, you’ll have clear expectations for what lies ahead. As you feel able, you can walk around and meet our staff, and explore all of the resources and therapies that are available.
You’ll receive regular check-ins throughout your detox to verify the status of your physical and mental health. We’ll make sure that you aren’t too anxious or too physically uncomfortable at any stage. We do our best to leverage medical interventions on an as-needed basis, and with the goal of preventing the development of all new dependencies.
Why Choose Agape for Lortab Detox?
Our whole health approach to both detox and addiction treatment helps our clients learn the importance of good self-care. With an emphasis on caring for the whole person. There are many safe, all-natural, and effective ways to get relief on our campus.
We also offer options for natural stress relief that include guided meditation and yoga sessions. We encourage our patients to eat well, sleep well, and relax as much as possible. This is easy to do in our tranquil, peaceful environment. Our Lortab detox program takes place in gorgeous Southern Florida. Here, our clients enjoy warm weather, stunning views, and ample options for recreation.
Contact Agape and Get Started Today
There’s no better place to complete your Lortab detox than at Agape Detox Center. In addition to a stunning South Florida location and a well-staffed and fully equipped facility, we also have an impressive range of natural, whole-health services for our clients. Here, you can learn new and safer ways of managing your physical or emotional pain, get treatment for co-occurring disorders, and establish a solid plan for long-term success in recovery. Call us now to get started.