The Progression of Lortab Addiction

The progression of Lortab addictionLortab is a brand name medication that contains acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Lortab is a narcotic opiate drug and is highly addictive. Lortab is effective at treating pain, but this pain management may come at a high cost to you and your family. Because Lortab is addictive, people who never had a problem with addiction before may become both physically and psychologically dependent on this drug.

How Lortab Addiction Progresses

Lortab addiction operates in a cycle in which each step leads to the next. If you understand the Lortab cycle of addiction, you can gain greater control over the desire to use. The following are the steps of Lortab addiction progression:

  1. You feel pain in your body or struggle with emotions.
  2. You take Lortab, either because it helps your pain or because it gives you an emotionally numbing sensation. This sensation, sometimes described by users as slightly euphoric, can become addictive.
  3. You feel a temporary sense of comfort. Either your pain subsides or you feel less anxious when you take Lortab. This sensation makes you think that things are better and fools you into thinking Lortab is helping your life when it is not.
  4. You experience negative consequences because of Lortab use. You may become dependent on Lortab. You might lose friendships or lose your job. You may drive while impaired, or do things you would never normally do. You may try to keep getting Lortab illegally. You know these actions and consequences are wrong, but you can’t seem to stop the cycle.
  5. You feel shame and guilt. You may make statements like “I know I need to quit, and I will soon.” You may feel shame or low self-esteem. You may feel like your life is no longer your own life, or that you have no control.
  6. You then return to using Lortab to feel temporary relief again. The cycle repeats, but each time it repeats, it becomes more dangerous and the consequences become more severe.

It is important to know that addiction is a progressive cycle. Lortab addiction does not get better without help. You will not be able to maintain your current level of Lortab use. Your body will adapt to this drug and you will need more pills to feel the same effects. You may try different medicines or even try alcohol or other drugs, but the cycle will become worse without help. You cannot overcome Lortab use without assistance of some kind. The good news is that there are reputable treatment programs that are designed to treat opiate painkiller addiction and help nurture you as a person.

Help for Lortab Addiction

We offer a toll-free helpline that is staffed by caring, trained counselors to aid you in your journey to wellness. We can help you overcome Lortab by assisting with the following:

  • Finding the best treatment fit for you and your family
  • Arranging for transportation to treatment
  • Planning interventions or detox
  • Learning more about addiction

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