Chronic Back Pain and Lortab Addiction

Chronic Back Pain and Lortab AddictionChronic back pain affects millions of Americans and can severely reduce quality of life. Individuals suffering from long-term pain associated with nerve damage, slipped discs, or other back problems often find it difficult to work, play sports, drive a car, or even lift a baby. While there are numerous physiological treatments for this kind of pain, including chiropractic treatment and physical therapy, many turn to pharmaceutical painkillers such as Lortab (acetaminophen and hydrocodone) either with or without a prescription. As excruciating as chronic back pain can be, however, many people complicate their struggles by becoming addicted to their medication.

How Does Lortab Addiction Develop?

As with all opiates, Lortab blocks pain by binding to chemical receptors that the brain uses to transmit neurological signals. As it blocks physical pain, however, it also blocks the following psychological stressors as well:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Insecurity
  • Poor self-esteem
  • Personality disorder
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Post traumatic stress disorder

Users often experience feelings of euphoria when they first take Lortab. This high fades as their bodies become used to the presence of the drug and develop a tolerance to it. Lortab blocks the production of naturally occurring pain management chemicals in the brain as well. This means that if and when the use of Lortab is discontinued the individual will experience potentially serious symptoms of physical withdrawal and a resurgence of emotional symptoms. This combined physical and emotional addiction requires comprehensive and fully integrated treatment.

Signs of Lortab Dependence

The following symptoms may indicate that a person’s use of Lortab has become a problem:

  • Dishonesty with friends, family, or health care professionals in order to get the drug
  • Reduced pain-blocking effectiveness over time (tolerance)
  • Taking Lortab at higher doses or more frequently than prescribed
  • The onset of physical withdrawal symptoms including flu-like symptoms and pain when not on the drug
  • Feelings of paranoia, obsession, or panic when supplies run low
  • A re-prioritization of medication over all other activities and relationships

If Lortab abuse is allowed to continue it can cause severe neurological damage, dangerously low cardiovascular function, depression, coma, or death.

24 Hour Lortab Helpline

Lortab addiction is a life-threatening disease. If you need help please call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night for free, confidential advice and answers to all of your questions. Our admissions coordinators can connect you with treatment programs that understand your need for chronic pain relief. Don’t tell yourself you can quit whenever you want and don’t put off the call until tomorrow. We are here 24 hours a day, 7 days a week and we’re ready to help. Call now.