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Opioid use in Colorado and across the U.S. is at a staggering high, and everyday people are dying from overdoses. It’s being called an epidemic, and it includes the use of illicit street drugs like heroin but also prescription drugs. In cities including Boulder, Denver, Colorado Springs and statewide there is a push to slow the overdose deaths related to opioids, and if you have a problem with these drugs, you may feel like you’re ashamed or hiding in the shadows.
So what can you do?
We encourage you to call our Palmer Lake Lortab helpline, which is a free resource available to you 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
We can help answer your questions and talk through any concerns.
The opioid epidemic has touched every state in the U.S., and that certainly includes Colorado. Lortab is one opioid that contains acetaminophen as well as hydrocodone. It’s used to treat pain and is intended to be available only by prescription. Since Lortab does have the potential for abuse and addiction, doctors are warned to prescribed it and other medications like it sparingly.
It’s also important for people who are prescribed Lortab take it only as instructed, as this can lower the risk of addiction.
It is possible for people to abuse Lortab inadvertently, and also to abuse it by using it recreationally without a prescription.
As you use Lortab, whether by prescription or recreationally, you tend to build up a tolerance to the drug. This means that you need higher doses for the same effects, whether you simply want pain relief or you’re trying to achieve the euphoric high that can come from using opioids. Lortab can be particularly dangerous because of the acetaminophen it contains. Hydrocodone can lead to overdose primarily through respiratory depression, but if you take high doses of acetaminophen, it can lead to acute liver toxicity and failure.
If you’re reading this, you could be facing a few different scenarios right now.
One is that you’re someone who feels like you have a problem with Lortab. Maybe you wouldn’t call it a full-blown addiction, but you know that you’re abusing the drug, and you’d like to see what your options are for treatment.
Another scenario could be that you feel you have a full-blown addiction to Lortab, and you’re at a point where you’re ready to explore treatment.
You may also be someone who doesn’t have a Lortab addiction but has a loved one who is struggling with the drug.
In any of these scenarios, we encourage you to call our free Lortab 24-hour hotline.
To alleviate some of the apprehension you might feel about calling a Lortab hotline, it can be useful to know what to expect. When you call our Colorado helpline you’re going to be getting in touch with a professional addiction specialist. This person is well-versed not just in addiction and helping people who want detox and treatment, but also the drug Lortab specifically. This specific focus on Lortab is one of the things that sets our 24-hour hotline apart from national, general drug hotlines.
When you call the Lortab hotline, you will have the opportunity to share details of your addiction, and you can learn more about detox and withdrawal, inpatient and outpatient treatment options at Palmer Lake, or elsewhere. The person you’re speaking to is going to want to get to know you and your addiction so that they can guide you toward the ideal treatment opportunities available to you.
You will be asked about other substances you may use, as well as co-occurring mental disorders such as depression or anxiety because these are also important considerations in determining the right course of treatment.
If we feel you could be helped by the services available at The Recovery Village, we can start the approval process and get you into treatment almost immediately. If you’re not ready for that step that’s no problem, and your call remains free and confidential.
If you are in an emergency or life-threatening situation related to drugs or alcohol, please contact 911, where help is available 24/7.
You can also contact The National Poison Control Center (Available 24 Hours A Day) at: 800-222-1222
The number to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (Available 24 Hours a Day) is: 988
The National Mental Health Association (Available During Traditional Business Hours): 800-969-6642
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