Is Lortab Addiction a Disease?

Is Lortab addiction a disease?Lortab addiction is a complicated problem. Sold under various brand names (including Vicodin, Anexiam, Zydone, Maxidone, Polygesic and others) Lortab addiction creates multiple aspects of dependency to form a physiological and psychological disease. As with other diseases, recovery requires careful, professional attention.

The Nature of Lortab Addiction

Hydrocodone is the key ingredient in Lortab. It binds to opiate receptors in the brain, blocking pain signals as well as feelings of anxiety or distress. While it is present in the user’s system it replaces naturally occurring pain and mood-managing chemicals and forces the body to stop producing them. This means that addicts will need the drug just to feel normal. As their tolerance to Lortab grows they will need stronger doses to feel the original effects. If they succumb to those cravings and take higher or more frequent doses, they will progress toward addiction very quickly. This process outlines the physical addiction. If and when the users stop taking the drug they will experience painful withdrawal symptoms.

But there is another, more insidious side to Lortab addiction that many people misunderstand or underestimate. Hydrocodone in Lortab, aside from creating a physical addiction, gives the user a euphoric high that is also addictive psychologically. People who treat tolerance with higher doses are repeatedly flooding the pleasure center of their brain. This is the same part of the brain that reinforces behavior, allows for impulse control, manages emotions and memories and regulates mood. The brain will crave the high produced by Lortab and will chemical re-wire neural pathways to change thought patterns and behaviors in order to get it. Even the most determined person may be unable to resist these psychological cravings without outside help.

Finding Recovery from Lortab Addiction

The good news is that with proper treatment you can heal this disease. Medically supervised detox can mitigate withdrawal symptoms, and can take from several days to multiple weeks to complete. The psychological addiction is much more complicated and challenging. The most effective treatment programs carefully diagnose each patient’s unique disease and then pull from a wide range of therapeutic tools to treat them. Individual counseling – often using Cognitive Behavioral Therapy – is an important part of the process. Dual Diagnosis treatment is an approach that looks for, diagnoses and treats any co-occurring psychological disorders that may have contributed to the addiction. Support group meetings, spiritual care, 12-step programs, continuing education, relaxation training, yoga and meditation may all be employed as well. It takes time to rewire brain patterns and habits to establish long-term addiction recovery. Psychological rehab often continues long past residential treatment.

Get Help with Lortab Addiction Now

Make no mistake about it: this disease will kill you. And long before you actually die you will be forced to endure an excruciating and stressful life as you see everything you once loved fade into addiction. Life is too short to waste on addiction. Call our 24 hour, toll-free helpline and let us help you take the first steps toward recovery. You can ask us anything. We can even help confirm things like insurance coverage of treatment costs and where you can find the best program for your unique needs. We’re ready to help when you’re ready to call. Pick up the phone today.