Recreational Lortab Use among 18-25 Year-Olds

Recreational Lortab Use among 18-25 Year-OldsLortab is a narcotic painkiller that contains synthetic opium. It affects dopamine levels in the brain to change how the central nervous system reacts to pain. Although it can be a lifesaver for people who need pain management, it can become deadly for people who abuse it.

Signs of Lortab Addiction

At high doses Lortab generates a sense of euphoria that can be highly addictive. Signs of physical addiction include the following issues:

  • Anxiety
  • Constricted pupils
  • Lethargy and drowsiness
  • Euphoria
  • Inability to concentrate

Symptoms of psychological dependence on Lortab include the following problems:

  • Mood swings
  • Continued use despite negative consequences
  • Preoccupation with finding and using the drug
  • Depression or anxiety when not able to use
  • Loss of motivation
  • Inability to handle typical pressures
  • Loss of interest in activities the user previously enjoyed

Overcoming Lortab addiction takes courage and commitment, and with professional help it is possible to break the habit and live a drug-free life.

Lortab Use Patterns of Teens and Young Adults

Prescription painkiller abuse is at a dangerously high level; in 2010, an estimated 2.4 million Americans reported nonmedical use of drugs like Lortab. Prescription drug abuse is defined by the following behaviors:

  • Taking medication prescribed for someone else
  • Taking your own medication differently than your prescription dictates
  • Taking medication for the feeling it creates

Teens and young adults are especially vulnerable to Lortab addiction, and they show the following facts:

  • They are more likely to be first time prescription drug abusers than first-time marijuana users
  • Their nonmedical use of prescription drugs increased from 5.4% in 2002 to 6.3% in 2005
  • They filled 11.7% of all 202 million opioid prescriptions in 2009

A few reasons why this age group is at higher risk are developmental. Immaturity and limited life experience makes them less resilient to stress and more susceptible to social pressure. Other risk factors include the following issues:

  • Fear of rejection or ridicule
  • Fear of loneliness and exclusion from drug-using friends
  • Weak coping skills
  • Inadequate positive social support
  • High need for affirmation

In treatment, many individuals receive professional help to strengthen their coping skills and build their self-esteem. Addressing the emotional issues underpinning drug use is also a critical component of lasting recovery and relapse prevention.

Hanging around with drug-using friends that users formerly associated with drug use can trigger relapse, which is why many teens and young adults in recovery must change their playgrounds and playmates. One way to form a sobriety-friendly social circle is to join a 12-step group for the following benefits:

  • Feeling less lonely, isolated or judged
  • Gaining a sense of empowerment
  • Improving coping skills and sense of adjustment
  • Reducing anxiety, distress and depression by sharing negative feelings
  • Gaining practical insights about treatment options
  • Comparing notes about doctors and alternative options

Young people who get help early avoid a lifetime of addiction.

Lortab Addiction Recovery

Recovering from Lortab abuse is difficult, but you don’t have to do it alone. 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 and take the first step toward sobriety.