Because Lortab is a legal but controlled substance, the typical method of addiction begins when someone undergoes a medical experience in which some level of pain is the result, such as an injury or a surgical or dental procedure that may not require hospitalization. To manage the pain after a procedure or medical examination, a doctor may prescribe it.
Is Lortab an opiate? Yes, it is. As with any opioid, there is a potential for addiction, but most people, only using it for a few days to a week and following the doctor’s prescribed amounts, will not develop an addiction. However, for people taking it longer than the prescribed duration and/or taking more than what a doctor recommends, this is when a real chance of addiction can occur.
It is also possible for the well-documented sense of euphoria to occur for users, but this will only occur when users go beyond prescribed limits and take much higher amounts. Unfortunately, as with many other drugs, there is also a “plateau effect” at work where the body adjusts to the amounts of Lortab in the system, and when that happens, higher amounts of the drug are needed to achieve the same intense effect that was experienced the very first time. By this point, of course, serious addiction has occurred, and rehab is required.