Why Does Lortab Addiction Escalate?

Why Does Lortab Addiction Escalate?Many patients experiencing pain will be prescribed Lortab, a common painkiller. Its effects vary from patient to patient. Some dislike it for the crankiness and heightened irritability it brings on, while others find the languor that it induces relaxing. Lortab addiction can develop for a variety of reasons, but it usually escalates for only a few, so learning what these reasons are can help you avoid the dangers of addiction.

Effects of Lortab Addiction

A few of the effects of Lortab abuse are as follows:

  • Shrinking pupils
  • Constipation
  • Mild vertigo
  • Nausea
  • Allergy symptoms (itching, rash, impaired hearing)
  • Confusion
  • Unpredictable changes in mood

Though these effects are undeniably unpleasant, the physical dependency created by drug use and the substances within Lortab make it quite addictive.

Why Lortab Abuse Escalates

If pain is chronic, or if a patient uses Lortab to help with other issues (such as to suppress coughing or alleviate frustration), the regular dose will soon prove insufficient to comfort patients than the prescribed amount. Users in this situation will often increase their doses without consulting their doctors, assuming that a small increase cannot hurt them. This reasoning persists as they find that they crave still higher dosages, until they have become addicted to Lortab without realizing it. The longer the addiction goes undetected or excused, recovery will be more difficult and take longer than if the addict had sought treatment early.

Consequences of Prolonged Lortab Abuse

The longer someone abuses Lortab, the more of the following effects will manifest:

  • An impaired nervous system
  • Damage to the liver
  • Lying about having lost or been robbed of a prescription to get more
  • Avoiding loved ones
  • Stealing money to buy more Lortab illegally
  • Associating with known drug users who have no intention of seeking recovery

When symptoms of Lortab addiction are this bad, it is time to get medical help. If an addict refuses to admit his problem, his loved ones should not hesitate to research recovery options and confront him about the harm he is causing himself. Lortab addiction can easily lead to an addiction to stronger drugs once Lortab fails to satisfy physical cravings.

Lortab Addiction Help

Lortab addiction should not be faced alone. Please call our toll-free helpline if you or a loved one needs help to escape drug abuse. We are available 24 hours a day to direct you to local detox and recovery services. We want to help you leave addiction behind permanently, so please call today.