Chronic Pain and Lortab Addiction

Chronic Pain and Lortab AddictionThe National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) explains that roughly 116 million people in America struggle with chronic pain. For the majority of these individuals the answer has been prescription painkillers like Lortab. Unfortunately the prescription pill has led to an epidemic of people struggling with dependence and addiction to the pain relieving substances. NIDA explains that issues like the need for long-term treatment, the need for increased doses due to tolerance, and an increased sensitivity to pain all play a role in dependence and addiction to prescription painkillers.

When pain becomes chronic people are often unable to complete the tasks of their daily life such as work, school or family responsibilities. Pain management is often the most immediate, however temporary solution to this issue. The problem occurs when people develop tolerance to a substance or start abusing the pills instead of taking them strictly as directed. When an individual becomes tolerant to his prescribed dose of a painkiller like Lortab, he may decide to take more of the medication to ease the pain, rather than reaching out to the doctor for help. This process progresses until eventually an individual is taking huge doses on a daily basis and has become completely dependent on the substance.

When a physical and even psychological dependence occurs the person may start to look for other ways to get Lortab pills. A prescription may run out and not be refillable so the person may begin doctor shopping in order to get a prescription filled elsewhere. In some cases, people successfully secure the same prescription to one substance from multiple doctors at a time. The dependent person may also begin searching the Internet and illegal black market in order to obtain Lortab. The chronic pain and the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that occur if they miss a dose often drives dependent people to engage in risky behavior that leads to a full blown addiction. When dependence on Lortab turns into an addiction, a person’s character traits, personality, behavior and entire lifestyle changes for the worse.

How to Avoid an Addiction to Lortab

WebMD explains that there are numerous warning signs that legitimate use of a prescription painkiller like Lortab has crossed the line into abuse. Being able to recognize these warning signs and adjust behavior accordingly can help prevent an addiction from developing.

One warning sign of prescription painkiller abuse, according to WebMD, is when a person becomes preoccupied with the substance and the focus on getting and using the drug interferes with daily life. A person who is on the verge of abuse and addiction to prescription painkillers will likely always be thinking about when she can take her next dose and whether or not she has a sufficient supply on hand. The user may also have developed a physical dependence, which simply means that a tolerance to the substance has occurred and higher doses are needed to achieve the same affect. Dependence on Lortab is a lot easier to overcome than addiction.

Another obvious sign of abuse is using Lortab differently from how it was prescribed and intended to be taken. This can include taking doses too close together, taking a dose that is much higher than prescribed, or taking a dose through a different method than intended such as crushing a pill and snorting the powder rather than simply swallowing the pill.

Obtaining Lortab through sources other than the initial prescribing doctor is also clear sign of abuse that has serious potential to lead to an addiction. Doctor shopping, ordering drugs on risky Internet sites, stealing prescriptions from friends or relatives, purchasing them on the street, and stealing prescription pads from doctor’s offices and illegally forging a prescription are all clear signs of abuse.

Prolonged use of the prescription is another sign of abuse and addiction potential as prescription painkillers are meant to be used for short durations. Typically, if a prescription painkiller is being used for over three months it is likely that some form of abuse is being engaged in.

Treating Chronic Pain Without Addictive Substances

The American Chiropractic Association (ACA) explains that according to a 2004 study in the Journal of Manipulative and Physiological Therapeutics, chiropractic care is more effective than medical care at treating chronic low back pain in patients who have experienced pain symptoms for one year or less. They also found that manual manipulation through chiropractic adjustments of the spine provides better short-term pain relief than many medications.

Chiropractic care can be an excellent way to relieve chronic pain without the use of addictive substances like Lortab. Regular adjustments along with exercise and healthy eating can all greatly increase a person’s ability to overcome chronic pain.

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