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Lorcet Abuse, Addiction, Withdrawal Symptoms and Recovery

Lorcet abuse and addiction have become serious problems in the United States. This medication has become a key part of the opioid epidemic our country has been in for several years. So many people are hooked on Lorcet and similar drugs, and many don’t even realize it. Others are scared of going through withdrawal, which can make recovery seem impossible.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that:

  • Every day in the United States, more than 115 people die after an opioid overdose.
  • In 2015, there were more than 33,000 Americans who died from overdosing on these drugs.
  • During that same year, about 2 million people had opioid use disorders.
  • In the last few years, the number of addicts and overdoses has continued to climb.
  • Between 8% and 12% of people who are prescribed drugs like Lorcet will develop and opioid use disorder.
  • Between 21% and 29% of people who are prescribed these medications for chronic pain will misuse them.

What’s even worse is that as many as 6% of people who misuse drugs like Lorcet will transition to heroin. This is clearly a serious problem. Authorities are taking steps to correct it and help people who need it. Their goal is to prevent more senseless deaths at the hands of opioids. But there is still more work to be done.

If you’re an addict, it’s important to know where to get help. It is possible to recover from a Lorcet addiction with the right support. First, you may want to start by learning more about your drug of choice.

What is Lorcet?

Lorcet is a medication that is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. It is an opioid drug that has been readily prescribed to people for years. It’s very effective as a pain reliever, and it comes under several brand names. These include:

  • Hycet
  • Lortab
  • Verdrocet
  • Vicodin
  • Norco
  • Zamicet
  • Zolvit
  • Xodol

This medication is usually prescribed in tablet form. It is available as a liquid for those who have difficulty swallowing pills. Like other opioid drugs, people should only take Lorcet for a short period of time. It carries a high risk of abuse, and it’s very easy to become addicted to it.

When Lorcet is sold illegally, it’s often referred to by different street names. Some of these include:

  • Hydros
  • Vics
  • Lorris
  • Tabs
  • Vicos
  • 357s

This is a medication that is readily available on the street. At one point, it was considered one of the more commonly prescribed opioid drugs. That makes it pretty easy to obtain illegally.

Lorcet may be prescribed to treat several different types of pain. It’s usually used for people who have moderate to severe short-term issues, although it can be used for chronic pain too.

Some of the more common uses of Lorcet include:

  • To help with back pain after an injury.
  • To relieve post-surgical pain.
  • To treat pain in people undergoing cancer treatments.
  • To help with pain from a neck injury.
  • To relieve pain after childbirth or a cesarean section.

It works very well as a pain medication, which is why for years, it has been doctors’ go-to drug. It’s much milder than other types of opioid drugs, such as Oxycodone or Percocet. Still, it continues to be highly addictive, and should never be prescribed long-term.

Sometimes people want to know what makes taking an opioid drug different from taking Tylenol or Ibuprofen. Prescribed painkillers are much more effective at treating more severe pain because of the way they work in the body.

Opioids work so well to relieve pain because they bind to the opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord. Also, when people take these drugs, they cause the release of excess dopamine in the brain. The result is a sensation of euphoria that helps people feel better.

The body does have natural painkillers that are known as endorphins. They will work to some extent. However, with severe pain, opioid drugs are often needed to bring pain relief.

This is a very informational video that explains how opioids treat pain in more detail:

Pain is the main reason why someone would take Lorcet for medical purposes. But there are other reasons why people take them.

The most common one is for recreational purposes. Taking this opioid drug will result in sensations of euphoria. It’s common for people to take them solely for the purpose of getting high. Depending on the person’s chemistry, the high can last for several hours.

Other individuals might not be taking Lorcet to get high as much as to relieve certain symptoms. The drug does have a calming effect, which might make it attractive to someone suffering from anxiety. It can work for a short time to counteract the symptoms of anxiety or even panic attacks. After some time has gone by, however, those calming effects are likely to wear off.

This video explains what the high is like when someone takes hydrocodone (Lorcet):

What are Lorcet’s Side Effects?

Like all opioid drugs, taking Lorcet is likely to result in some side effects. This is the case even when the drug is taken appropriately for a short time only. Some of the side effects may go away, while others will persist. When someone is abusing the drug, their side effects will most likely be enhanced.

Some of the more common side effects of Lorcet include:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Constipation
  • An upset stomach
  • Lightheadedness and dizziness
  • Drowsiness and fatigue
  • Headaches
  • Symptoms of anxiety
  • Blurry vision
  • Dry mouth
  • Ringing in the ears

Sometimes there can be complications that develop when you begin taking Lorcet. It’s possible to suffer from some more serious side effects, such as:

  • Mental confusion and mood changes
  • Feelings of fear
  • Unusual behaviors or thoughts
  • Severe stomach pain
  • Clay colored stools
  • Yellowing of the eyes or skin
  • Problems with urination

If you experience any of these side effects, please talk with your doctor immediately. It may be necessary to change your medication, and they can guide you through that process.

When people abuse Lorcet, they’re misusing it to experience the drug’s short-term effects. These are often pleasant and desirable, and they’re what make people continue to use it.

The short-term effects of Lorcet are:

  • Feelings of euphoria
  • A lower perception of pain
  • Relief from anxiety
  • Feelings of calmness and relaxation
  • Suppression of the coughing reflex

What most people don’t realize is that these pleasant effects probably won’t last very long. The more someone abuses this drug, the more likely they are to become addicted. Once they do, it’s hard to stop, and those short-term effects are likely to fade.

This is a drug that can be abused in a few different ways. You should know that any use of it without a doctor’s prescription is considered to be abuse. Also, you could be abusing it even with a doctor’s prescription if you take it for more than a few weeks.

Some of the more common methods of abusing Lorcet include:

  • Taking the drug without a prescription.
  • Taking too much of it at one time.
  • Taking doses that aren’t far enough apart.
  • Crushing the pills and snorting them.
  • Chewing the pills instead of swallowing them whole.
  • Crushing the pills, mixing the powder with water and injecting it.
  • Drinking alcohol or using other drugs to enhance the high.

Any time you take a drug for the purpose of getting high, it’s abuse. This applies whether it’s your first time or your tenth time. There does come a point when the misuse of Lorcet will turn into an addiction.

How Does an Addiction or Dependence to Opioids Happen?

People can become addicted to opioid drugs after abusing them for a period of time. There’s no way of knowing how long it might take to become an addict. Some people may become dependent on them after only a few days. Others might take several months or even a few years.

When you become dependent on opioids, you begin to believe that you need them. You may think about them all the time, and you may even panic if you miss a dose. Addicts tend to have a hard time concentrating on other aspects of their lives. Their drug use becomes their top priority.

An addiction occurs because of the release of excess dopamine in the brain. Your brain normally produces this neurotransmitter on its own when you eat and perform other enjoyable activities. Taking Lorcet causes even more to be produced, making you feel even better.

Over time, your brain will come to rely on the drug to produce your dopamine. This means it stops doing one of its main jobs. As a result, without using Lorcet, you won’t feel like yourself. You won’t feel happy like you usually do, and this will cause you to use over and over again just to feel normal.

Fortunately, there is a way to “re-train” your brain to start making dopamine again. We’ll talk about that in more detail in just a moment. This video gives a great explanation about how addiction occurs:

How Can You Know if You’re Addicted?

This is the question that many people ask when they’ve been misusing Lorcet. It’s common for them to be in denial about having addictions; especially when they have a prescription. If that’s you, you may have found yourself saying things like:

  • “My doctor would never give me anything to hurt me.”
  • “It has to be safe because my physician prescribed it.”
  • “This is the only way I have ever been able to control my pain.”
  • “I must need it or my doctor would have given me a different medication.”
  • “I’ll be able to quit as soon as my physician thinks I’m ready.”

The truth is that you can become addicted to Lorcet even if you never intended to. The vast majority of people don’t. Check the following list of symptoms of addiction to see if any of them apply to you:

  • You’re visiting more than one doctor to get prescriptions.
  • You have cravings for Lorcet when you don’t take it for a while.
  • You go through withdrawal when you miss a dose or two.
  • You continue to use it even if it’s causing negative consequences in your life.
  • You suffer from depression and have anxiety attacks.
  • You’re frequently constipated.
  • You have significant mood swings.
  • You have trouble making decisions.

Having even one of these can mean that you’re an addict. It’s a hard realization to come to, but the sooner you do, the sooner you can get help.

If you’re still not sure, you may want to try taking an opioid addiction quiz to get more clarity on your drug use.

The Public’s Response to Changes in Prescription Pain Pill Laws and Regulations

As the number of opioid prescriptions and overdoses climbed, concern about these drugs grew. In recent years, the DEA has cracked down on their use, which was both good and bad.

The fact was that these drugs were overprescribed. Doctors were handing them out left and right to people who didn’t need them. Their pain could have been controlled using weaker medications, or even with natural treatments. That small change could have saved a countless number of lives.

Now that it’s not as easy to get drugs like Lorcet from a doctor, people are taking matters into their own hands. Some will visit the Dark Web in an attempt to purchase the drugs they feel they need illegally. Others will get their prescription painkillers on the street from local dealers. Between 2013 and 2015, the number of prescriptions for this medication went down by 26%. The question is, why?

What is the Risk of Progressing to Heroin if You’re Addicted to Lorcet?

Not only have opioid drug sales on the Dark Web increased, but more and more people are turning to heroin. It’s much easier for people to get this illegal drug than it is for them to get prescription opioids. It’s also much more affordable.

Between 2002 and 2012, the number of people starting to use heroin was 19 times higher among people who had misused prescription opioids. According to NIDA, in one study of young heroin users, 86% of them had used drugs like Lorcet nonmedically. Also, more than 80% of people who receive professional heroin treatment started by abusing opioids.

These statistics are climbing year after year. There is a very high risk for moving on to heroin if you are currently addicted to Lorcet or another opioid drug. You may not be able to get prescription opioids for very long, and heroin is quite similar in its chemical composition. For many people, it unfortunately follows their natural progression of addiction.

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What Happens if You Try to Stop Taking Lorcet on Your Own?

Many people are what we would call “accidental addicts.” Because of this, they’ll often panic when they realize they’re addicted. As a part of their response, they will immediately quit taking Lorcet. They never meant to get addicted to anything, and that seems like the most logical conclusion.

It’s not a good idea to abruptly stop taking an opioid drug. The result can be horrific withdrawal symptoms that will most likely cause you to relapse. If you do relapse, you could inadvertently suffer from an overdose if you take too much. This all relates to your body’s tolerance for the drug.

Your tolerance levels change over time. When you begin to use any type of drug, it takes a certain amount for you to feel its effects. As time goes on, that amount might not work as well for you, and you may need to take more. At that point, you’ve formed a drug tolerance, and it’s very likely that you’re addicted.

Tolerance also works in the opposite way. When you stop taking Lorcet, your levels will begin to decrease. This means that it will take less of the drug for you to feel the effects. In the event of a relapse, you probably won’t realize that you don’t need as much as you once did. Most people just go back to taking their usual dose. You could take too much for your body to handle and suffer from an overdose. In many cases, the situation can even become fatal if you don’t get immediate medical help.

The withdrawal symptoms you’re likely to experience from Lorcet can be quite severe. Withdrawal is your body’s way of responding when you stop taking your medication, and the feelings are quite unpleasant.

Some of the more common symptoms of withdrawal from Lorcet include:

  • Excessive sweating
  • Chills
  • A runny nose
  • Vomiting
  • Cravings for the drug
  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Tremors or even seizures
  • Restlessness during the day and night
  • Becoming excessively shaky

Withdrawal won’t last forever, but it’s often severe enough to make it hard to quit on your own. In some cases, it can even be dangerous if you’re at risk for more severe symptoms or complications.

Like most people, you’re probably wondering, how long will my Lorcet withdrawal last? You’re eager to get it over with, and rightfully so.

The duration of your symptoms depends on a few different factors. If you’ve been using this drug for a long time, it may take longer to get through withdrawals. The same is true if you’ve been using a higher dose.

In general, most people can expect to follow this withdrawal timeline:

  • Symptoms should begin within six to twelve hours after your last dose.
  • At first, they should be relatively mild, and quite manageable. This is why most people think they can handle withdrawal on their own. They don’t know that they’re going to feel worse.
  • Over the next two to three days, your symptoms will increase in their severity. You may develop new ones that you didn’t have in the beginning.
  • By the third day, you should be approaching the peak of withdrawal. At the 72-hour mark, symptoms will probably be at their worst.
  • On the fourth and fifth days, you’ll start to feel better, slowly. Some symptoms may disappear altogether whereas others will feel more manageable.
  • By the seventh day, you should be feeling more like yourself.

Most people are able to get through withdrawal in about seven days. But there are some exceptions. It may take as long as two weeks before you start to feel normal again. It’s also possible for your symptoms to return again, out of the blue.

Lorcet’s half-life is just under 4 hours. That means that it takes that long before your body processes half of the drug out of your system. The drug can still be found in your urine for as long as four days after you’ve taken a dose. If you do a hair drug test, it can be found for as long as 90 days.

Your Options for Managing Lorcet Withdrawal

There are several options available to you for managing your Lorcet withdrawal symptoms. You can opt for a professional approach, which is the preferred method. You can also try to detox on your own, but this is really not recommended by most in the addiction treatment field.

Detoxing at Home

You may want to attempt to detox at home from Lorcet. Sometimes people will try to use drug detox kits or natural home remedies to remove toxins from their bodies. These methods all sound very promising, and it would be great if they worked. The trouble is that not only are they usually not very effective, but they can also be dangerous.

Opioid Detox

The best way to detox from drugs like Lorcet is to choose a professional detoxification program. An opioids detox will provide you with all the support you need. They can recommend the right treatments that will help you feel better much faster. Detoxing will also keep you safe from any potential complications.

There are a few different methods that your doctor may recommend for your detox treatments. Most of the time, a medical detox is necessary. This means that you will be taking medications that will help you through your physical recovery. Medication assisted detox is becoming very popular, and the use of drugs like Suboxone and Vivitrol has helped many people.

You may also participate in holistic treatments during detox. In most cases, this means meeting with a nutritionist to make changes in your diet and starting an exercise program.

The combination of these two methods will help you tremendously. Before long, you’ll be feeling so much better.

Please Note: Detoxing From Lorcet DOES NOT Equal Recovery

It’s very important to remember that detoxing from Lorcet alone is not recovery. You will find that it helps with your physical desire to use, but not with your mental desire. Far too many people only go through detox, and so much more treatment is needed. We want to encourage you not to stop getting help after you go through the detoxification process.

Continuing Your Treatment at a Drug Rehab

Going to an opioid rehab program will be your next step once you’ve detoxed. Most experts agree that an inpatient program is usually best; especially if this is the first time you’ve sought treatment. This means entering into an inpatient facility for about 28 days, which will include the time you spend detoxing.

You’ll participate with therapy and other forms of treatment during your stay. You’ll work closely with a therapist, and their job will be to determine the cause of your addiction. It’s important to treat the root cause of it; otherwise, long-term recovery is highly unlikely.

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What Happens Once You Finish Your Rehab Program?

After you finish rehab, it’s important for you to continue to get help. This might mean transitioning to an intensive outpatient treatment program, or going to counseling. Many people start going to Narcotics Anonymous meetings to get peer support.

Your recovery won’t be finished just because you go to rehab. It would be great if that were the case, but addiction is a disease. Just like other diseases, it needs ongoing treatment and care.

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Reasons to Choose Northpoint Washington for Your Lorcet Recovery and How to Start Treatment

There are a lot of reasons why it makes sense to choose Northpoint Washington for your recovery from Lorcet addiction. You’ll find that we:

  • Offer detoxification services and will provide you with support and guidance throughout the process.
  • Offer support to both you and your family as you recover.
  • Provide inpatient rehab services, which makes getting help very convenient.
  • Will work with your insurance company to minimize your out of pocket costs.
  • Help you to create a relapse prevention plan, which is a necessary part of your recovery journey.

Recovering from an addiction can be hard, but it’s certainly not impossible. When you have the right professional support, you can achieve your goal of getting off Lorcet. We’ve seen many patients face and overcome the same challenges you’re dealing with right now.

We would love to talk with you about how we can assist you as you seek to recover from your addiction. Do you have more questions about Lorcet and your recovery options? Please let us know how we can help you by contacting us today.

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