A patient may develop dependance on drug like hydrocodone
. This is managed by a step wise reduction in dosage and finally stopping or replacing with other substitutes. However, this is possible only if the patient s pain has reduced and he is able to manage without it which is not the case with you. Unfortunately, there is no way to assess if the patient is really in pain as we have to depend on what the patient says unless there is a strong reason to suspect otherwise. Addiction does not cause pain in the hip and movements and this suggests the pain is due to the joint than addiction.
If your husband agrees, you can ask the doctor to substitute other pain killers for hydrocodone after weaning and see if he is alright with it.