Negative Life Events and Lortab Addiction

Negative Life Events and Lortab AddictionNegative life experiences can occur at any stage in life. You may experience the loss of a beloved pet as a child, a tumultuous home life because of a divorce during your teen years and the inability to find a job and pay off your exorbitant student loans as a young adult. As an adult, negative life events can include the loss of a job, empty nest syndrome or a serious illness of an aging parent. Many seniors confront negative life events through loss of independence, a feeling of being unproductive and diminishing health and vitality.

Negative live experiences are simply a part of life; however, how a person responds to these experiences may dictate a variety of consequences and outcomes. When negative life experiences are coupled with illness or physical pain, people often turn to drugs or alcohol to alter their reality, if only for a small period of time.

When a physician prescribes a painkiller such as Lortab, the potential for abuse and addiction increases.

About Lortab

Lortab is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen that is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone is in a group of drugs called narcotic pain relievers, and acetaminophen is a less potent pain reliever that increases the effects of hydrocodone.

Effects of Lortab Use

Lortab may cause the following side effects:

  • Anxiety
  • Bloating and gas
  • Blurred vision
  • Constipation
  • Diarrhea
  • Dizziness and head rush
  • Drowsiness
  • Dry mouth
  • Feelings of elation
  • Headaches
  • Impaired mental or physical performance
  • Indigestion
  • Loss of appetite
  • Mild nausea
  • Mood changes
  • Ringing in ears
  • Upset stomach
  • Vomiting
  • Weakness

If you experience more serious effects, including chest tightness or irregular breathing, contact your doctor immediately:

Dealing with Negative Life Events

As soon as a negative life event occurs, it is important to deal with it. Don’t try to ignore your feelings or pretend that the event did not happen. If you can create a supportive, positive and loving environment for yourself, you will be better able to deal with negative life events. Things for you to work on to create this environment include the following:

  • Develop interpersonal relationships. Build a strong network of family, friends, community members and colleagues.
  • Make connections. Personal, spiritual and professional connections are important on many levels.
  • Stay engaged. Keep yourself busy with work, social events and recreational activities.
  • Take breaks. Do not over extend yourself or participate in monotonous activities without taking a break.
  • Establish a daily routine. Maintain a regular schedule with chores, meal habits, exercise and sleep patterns.
  • Set goals. Set reasonable goals and work toward achieving them one step at a time.
  • Be positive. Seek to maintain a positive outlook. Learn to trust your own ability to solve problems and make appropriate decisions. See the humor in life. Keep things in perspective and maintain a hopeful outlook.

While this may seem to be a more difficult path than just popping some pills, in the long run it is a healthier choice.

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