How Does Narcissism Relate to Lortab Addiction?

How Does Narcissism Relate to Lortab Addiction?Narcissistic personality disorder (NPD) is a mental disorder in which people have an inflated sense of personal importance and an unhealthy craving for admiration. Individuals with NPD feel superior to others and indifferent to their feelings. They act supremely confident but are actually deeply insecure and easily crushed by the slightest criticism. People with NPD are often dramatic and overemotional. Other symptoms include the following:

  • Feeling superior to other people
  • Fantasizing about success, power and attractiveness
  • Exaggerating achievements or talents
  • Demanding constant admiration and praise
  • Feeling entitled to special treatment
  • Taking advantage of others
  • Being easily hurt and rejected
  • Having fragile self-esteem

Underneath their confident bravado, many individuals with NPD feel a profound sense of shame. They put others down in order to build themselves up. When they perceive criticism or rejection, they retaliate with rage and contempt to hide their weak egos.

Narcissism and Lortab Addiction

Over half of all adults with mental illnesses, such as NPD, also struggle with substance abuse. One reason could be genetic. The same gene that puts people at risk for developing a personality disorder may also increase their vulnerability to substance abuse. A second reason may be that they self-medicate with drugs in order to numb emotional pain caused by their illness. Turning to prescription painkillers, such as Lortab, gives them a fast sense of relaxation and wellbeing that helps them temporarily escape the turmoil caused by their mental illness.

The combination of NPD and drug abuse creates a vicious cycle. When the condition worsens, so does the addiction or risk of relapse. If an addiction flares, defenses against NPD, such as healthy coping skills and social support, often diminish. Professional treatment of both conditions is usually necessary for recovery. Comprehensive care usually includes the following:

  • Medication
  • A longer stay than “one-track” treatment
  • A high priority on relapse prevention
  • Therapy

One method used to treat NPD and Lortab addiction is Dialectic Behavior Therapy (DBT). It combines standard cognitive-behavioral therapy techniques for emotion regulation and reality testing with meditative concepts, such as distress tolerance, acceptance and mindfulness.

Help for Lortab Addiction

Overcoming a Lortab addiction can be even more difficult if you have NPD, but you don’t have to do it alone. We are here to help. Recovery counselors are available at our toll-free, 24 hour helpline to guide you and your family to wellness. Our counselors can help you understand your treatment options and find affordable solutions that may save your life. Please call today. Take the first step toward a better life.