Men and Hydrocodone Abuse

Men and Hydrocodone Abuse

Hydrocodone, also known as Lortab, is a narcotic medication that is prescribed by doctors to treat pain. In some cases hydrocodone may be prescribed to help treat or control the symptoms of pain caused by autoimmune disorders. Hydrocodone is classified as a narcotic, and as such, is highly addictive.

Hydrocodone Use among Men

Using hydrocodone to treat pain that may be caused by autoimmune disorders is risky. According to the National Institute of Health (NIH), hydrocodone is not to be taken on a continual basis, as this may lead to abuse or addiction. Autoimmune diseases, however, are generally chronic, and persist over long periods of time.

The majority of people that use hydrocodone, according to the Center for Substance Abuse Research (CESAR), are adults over the age of 18. More than 60% of these users are men over the age of 23. As hydrocodone is used to treat pain, it is usually prescribed to men who have had accidents, trauma, or are dealing with reoccurring pain.

Even though men are statistically less likely to seek medical help, they hold the majority of hydrocodone prescriptions. The prescriptions allow men to deal with pain and perhaps return to their employment or daily lives. If taken for a long period of time, men may become reliant on or addicted to it.

Signs of Addiction in Men

According to the National Coalition Against Drug Abuse, there are many signs that can be used to determine if an addiction to hydrocodone exists, including the following:

  • Requesting frequent refills for the drug
  • Seeing two or more doctors for additional prescriptions
  • Spending time away from other people
  • Going through money quickly
  • Focusing more on hydrocodone than anything else
  • Sudden changes in social activities
  • Mood swings

Determining when a person has become addicted to or dependent on hydrocodone is the first step in assessing the need for recovery help.

Treatment Options

If you find yourself with an addiction to hydrocodone, there are treatment options available to help. Counseling and therapy centers employ caring and empathetic counselors to help determine the cause of substance abuse, and the steps necessary for recovery.

Hydrocodone Addiction Help

If you are addicted to hydrocodone, there is help available. Call our toll-free helpline to speak with an admission coordinator to discuss treatment options available for your situation. We are available 24 hours a day; please call today.