Public Perception of Lortab Addicts

Public Perception of Lortab AddictsThe social stigma associated with Lortab addicts epitomizes the considerable gap that exists between the science and public perception of addiction. Some people view Lortab addicts as people who lack the self-control to take pain medication without falling into abuse or who take it to get high because they have compromised morals. Some even think addiction is just a euphemism for a lack of will power or character. As scientific research has shown, these are false ideas propagated by people with limited understanding of what addiction actually is, namely a chronic brain disease.

Lortab Addiction Fact vs. Fiction

Countless medical journals are dedicated to studying addiction, and they have dispelled many of the fictions that pervaded public perception in the past. When it comes to the science of addiction, a wide disparity exists between fact and fiction, including the following:

  • Fiction: Addiction is the result of poor character and will power
  • Fact: Genetics are primarily responsible for addiction predisposition
  • Fiction: Substance abuse can end if the addict simply has the desire to quit
  • Fact: Addiction traps users by altering neurobiology and reward motivations
  • Fiction: Addicts are selfish people who do not care about others
  • Fact: Neural chemical changes diminish the perception of wrongdoing
  • Fiction: Addicts just need someone to get tough with them
  • Fact: Addicts need people who understand substance abuse to help

In the past, negative stigmas were also attached to mental health and personality disorders like depression, bipolar and borderline, but the stigmas finally started to recede as the public became more informed. Coincidentally, co-occurring addiction and mental illness are so common that some researchers believe they are variant manifestations of the same genetic issue. In many cases, people who hide their addiction due to negative public perception are allowing an undiagnosed mental disorder to get worse as well.

 Perceptions of Prescription Drugs vs. Illicit Drugs

People who are skeptical of prescription drug addiction usually do not understand the similarities to illicit drugs, which include the following:

  • The narcotic alkaloids in Lortab come from the same opium plants as heroin
  • Prescription drugs cause as many medical emergencies each year as illicit drugs
  • Painkillers like Lortab lead all drugs (prescription or illicit) in emergency room visits
  • Illicit opiates like heroin and prescription opioids like Lortab both cause fatal overdoses
  • People who illegally take painkillers are 19 times more likely to start using heroin, per a 2013 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) report

Though used medically, Lortab is still a powerful narcotic that can trap users in an opioid dependence and addiction.

Lortab Addiction Treatment

Rehabilitation centers help Lortab addicts with numerous potential treatments, including the following:

  • Medically supervised detoxification with options for a gradual dosage reductions
  • Integrated diagnosis and treatment for co-occurring mental health disorders
  • Non-addictive pain management therapies for people with chronic conditions
  • Behavioral therapies that help adjust unhealthy thought processes and beliefs
  • Strategies to recognize and abate cues that trigger Lortab use cravings
  • Opioid-specific skills training to deal with pain issues and relapse risks

Therapies include individual and group sessions, and they typically address misguided social stigmas and public perception. Addiction is a brain disease, and another person’s misinformation should never keep you from getting the help you need.

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