Millions of Americans suffer from substance abuse and addiction every year. Alcohol and drugs are part of our society. Why wouldn’t they be? After all, the United States is one of two nations in the world that allows drug companies to advertise their products. As such it is no surprise that prescription drug use, abuse and addiction is one of the biggest problems in the country. Prescription drugs are now the most popular gateway drug and are the drugs most young adults are likely to use. It’s popularity is right behind marijuana and is steadily rising, which it will surpass marijuana in the near future. Prescription painkillers are the most commonly abused drugs available. They are abused for the side effects they can produce. These drugs create a feeling of calm and euphoria when they are abused. The continued use and abuse of this drug has lead to a rise in overdose and fatalities.

Lortab

Lortab is a prescription painkiller that is prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. It is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Hydrocodone is considered a dangerous drug because it can cause addiction. Lortab addiction is possible because individuals can develop a tolerance to the drug over a period of time. The more you take the drug the more the body becomes comfortable with it. As a result, that person must increase the amount, either in dosage or frequency, they consume the drug to get the desired effects. This will require more and more prescription refills and increased dosages. This is very dangerous because it will lead to addiction. Eventually the need to take the drug will outweigh the need to complete everyday responsibilities. When this happens an addict will place the drug above everything else. Continued use or abuse of this drug will cause a change in the brain that will cause it to crave the drug. Withdrawal effects are symptoms the person will experience when they do not have the drug in their system. The body, brain, will produce less of the ‘good feeling’ chemicals in the brain because the drug supplements those organs from doing so. Then, the body will crave more and more of the drug to feel those good feelings, which will cause the person to abuse the drug more. The more the drug is abused the more the body craves it, which is why drug abuse is a zero sum game. No amount of the drug will cause the addict the same sensation they are trying to achieve; that first high.

Hydrocodone

Hydrocodone is a opioid pain medication that is also known as a narcotic. This drug is incredibly powerful, as such it is very useful for those suffering from moderate to severe pain. Individuals taking this medication do so because their everyday pain stops them completing everyday tasks. those who abuse this drug do so because it causes adverse side effects. Hydrocodone abusers feel the sensation, rush if abused in different ways, euphoria or relaxation. Abusing this drug is very dangerous because it causes respiratory issues that can result in death.

Tylenol

Acetaminophen is the generic name for Tylenol, which falls into two classes of drugs: analgesics and antipyretics. Analgesics raise the body’s pain threshold by acting on the neurotransmitters in the brain that deal with pain and pleasure. This drug can cause adverse side effects in an individual, which can push them to seek them by misusing the drugs. Antipyretics are fever reducers, which tell the heart center of the body that the temperature is too high. These drugs are safe when used as prescribed, but when they are consumed for other purposes or in higher doses, they are dangerous.

Lortab Addiction

Continued use or abuse of this drug will lead a person to develop a tolerance to it. This means that the person will not feel normal if they are not on the drug. They will require the drug to feel normal and function in that manner. This issue can happen easily by abusing the drug or by taking as recommend by a physician. Hydrocodone is a narcotic, which means it is dangerous and has a high potential for abuse. Over time the body will develop a tolerance to the drug that can only be satisfied by taking more of the drug. When you or someone you know must increase the dosage size or frequency to refill the prescription tolerance and dependence have set in. When dependence has set in the person will not feel normal without the drug. It will result in them experiencing or displaying: agitation, yawning, sweating, runny nose, insomnia, nausea, muscle aches, goose bumps, vomiting, diarrhea and stomach cramps. If you or someone you know is showing these signs speak with a professional or a physician about overcoming the dependency.

Signs of Addiction

Signs of Lortab addiction are similar to signs of other drug addiction. Addiction is not socially acceptable; therefore, the addict will begin displaying secretive behaviors. They will not continue to abuse their drug of choice out in the open. Instead, they will do it in secret. It will require them to take a step back from family, friends and work. As such, there will be a reduction in their productivity in family life and in work or school. As a result of the chemical drug in their body they will also display confusion and coordination problems. When high on the drug they will appear sleepy, euphoric or zoned out. They will not be able to focus and appear almost asleep. When they are not one the drug they will be moody, defensive and aggressive towards others. If you bring up their drug use or abuse they will become increasingly defensive about their ‘business’ and try to manipulate others by reversing the argument.

Addicts will also have financial issues, relationship problems, and a general dissatisfaction with life. They will often blame others for their shortcomings. Addicts often resort to lying, cheating and stealing in order to continue to abuse drugs. They can be surprisingly cunning when it comes to manipulating others. If you suspect a loved one of abusing drugs it is best to gather as much information about addiction and the drug they are abusing before confronting them. The best thing to do is contact a treatment center or an addiction specialist to help. They can provide the roadwork for confronting the addict and getting them help.

Treatment for Lortab Addiction

Treatment for Lortab is similar to other opiate drugs. The actually plan and strategy will be unique to the addicts needs, but will follow a similarly structured process. Inpatient treatment centers are the best option for treating addiction and provide the highest success rates. The addict will go through an assessment to gauge their situation before entering detox. This process allows the body to expel any and all remaining chemicals and drugs from the body. When the body is clear of drugs the addict can begin healing. They will engage in one-on-one and group therapy sessions to discover the root cause of the addiction and how it continued. They will also learn skills and techniques to thwart relapse and help in building a future for themselves.