Finding New Ways to Cope after Lortab Addiction

Finding New Ways to Cope after Lortab AddictionLortab is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen that is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever and acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.

After using Lortab for initial pain relief, people suffering from chronic pain should find alternatives to prescription medications that can create tolerance in users. When a Lortab tolerance develops, the body needs more of the drug to achieve the desired affect. With tolerance, people may increase the prescribed dosage or take the medication more frequently than prescribed. When either of those behaviors occurs, a person becomes physically and psychologically dependent on the drug. Tolerance and dependency are precursors to addiction.

Lortab Side Effects

If you and your physician decide that Lortab is the right choice to treat your moderate to severe pain, you want to be aware of the more common Lortab side effects reported, which are similar to those of other opiate pain‑relievers, including the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Bloating, gas
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation or diarrhea
  • Dizziness, head rush
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Feelings of elation
  • Headache
  • Impaired mental or physical performance
  • Indigestion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mild nausea or vomiting
  • Mood changes
  • Ringing in ears
  • Weakness

Even when used as prescribed, these side effects distract Lortab users from focusing on finding other methods for managing their pain.

Lortab Withdrawal Symptoms

If you are a long-term user of Lortab and you stop taking Lortab or dramatically lower your dosage, you will begin to experience Lortab withdrawal symptoms within a few hours, including the following:

  • An intense psychological and physical craving for the next dose of the drug
  • Extreme and uncharacteristic irritability
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Aches and pains in muscle as well as bone
  • Runny nose and watery eyes
  • Dilated pupils
  • Cold sweats
  • Fever

While the physical symptoms of Lortab withdrawal can be medically managed, the psychological craving often requires professional substance abuse treatment.

Coping after Lortab Addiction

There are several benefits people derive from drug addiction treatment from a quality facility, including the following:

  • Medically-supervised detox
  • An understanding of addiction
  • Strategies to deal with triggers and cravings
  • Techniques to acclimate back into daily life
  • Support services to encourage ongoing recovery

It is important for recovering Lortab addicts to take advantage of the knowledge and experiences they gained in treatment and be proactive about seeking help should they feel they are in need.

Taking a proactive stance in your recovery may require you to change your attitudes and behaviors, and to incorporate the following actions into your life:

  • Maintain a daily schedule that includes proper physical and emotional care
  • Avoid any person or situation that may put you at risk for relapse
  • Rely on your support system as frequently as you need
  • Make recovery your first priority
  • Find a balance in your life through social activities, spiritual practices, and physical well-being

Proactive people anticipate their needs and seek help before they put their recovery at risk.

Getting Help Finding New Ways to Cope after Lortab Addiction

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