Did I Ruin My Recovery from Lortab Addiction by Relapsing?

Did I Ruin My Recovery from Lortab Addiction by Relapsing?Lortab is the generic name for a powerful prescription painkiller comprised of the opiate hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone—sold under the names Vicodin, Maxidone, Norco, Stagesic, Polygesic, Anexsia and others—is extremely addictive. Recovery is a challenge, often requiring professional treatment to overcome. Even after extensive treatment and several weeks or months being clean, users may relapse back into addiction. If this happens it is important that addicts understand that relapse need not mean the end of recovery.

Why Is Lortab So Hard to Quit?

As with all opiates this drug establishes both physical and emotional dependencies. As the drug washes over the pleasure center of the brain, it gives users an intense euphoria that banishes physical and psychological pain. Lortab also replaces natural chemicals in the brain that promote well-being, making the user dependent on a continued supply to function. Psychological and physical addiction reinforce each other and make full-blown recovery challenging.

The physical addiction subsides as the user’s system replenishes its natural chemistry. This may only take a few days. The psychological addiction, however, is much more powerful and long-lasting. The brain will use every tool at its disposal to keep the drug coming. This includes the following symptoms of psychological addiction:

  • Obsession with having and using the drug
  • Dishonesty or denial regarding drug use
  • Rearranging daily schedules around drug use
  • Alienation from healthy friends and family members
  • Justification of continued use

Co-Occurring Conditions and Relapse

One of the most common causes for relapse is the presence of undiagnosed co-occurring mental health disorders such as the following:

  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Eating disorders
  • Anxiety disorders
  • Depression
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder

Treatment programs that treat the addiction without helping the addict find lasting recovery from those co-occurring issues are most likely to contribute to relapse.

Recovery after Lortab Relapse

There are a few keys to getting back on the path to recovery after relapse including the following:

  • Quick connection with your sobriety coach
  • Increasing your level of transparency and accountability
  • Surrender your money to someone who won’t let you spend it on drugs
  • Work the twelve steps as quickly and thoroughly as possible
  • Rely on friends and loved ones for help
  • Get to a support group meeting as soon as possible

Lortab Addiction Help

If you have recently relapsed back into Lortab addiction we can help. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline any time. One of our specially trained addiction counselors will be happy to answer any questions you may have and connect you with specialized treatment. Don’t let a slip-up become an end to your recovery. Addiction is a powerful disease and it is not uncommon for recovery to take some time. If you’re struggling we are here for you any time.