Why Ativan Addiction is Dangerous and Warrants Treatment

Ativan AddictionAtivan is a prescription medication in the class of benzodiazepines, which are used mainly for anxiety but also for other purposes including insomnia, seizures and anesthesia. Although benzos like Ativan are prescribed by doctors and are legal when used according to the label, they can be dangerous and addictive.

Unfortunately, many people begin taking benzos according to their doctor’s orders but then become addicted. They can end up needing more of the medication to produce the same effect, begin to use the drug in a manner other than prescribed, and find themselves unable or unwilling to cut back or quit. Does this sound similar to what happened to you or your loved one?

Treatment is available if you have an Ativan addiction. Treatment professionals can offer you various forms of support with individualized care to empower you to walk the road of recovery.

Signs and Symptoms of Ativan Abuse

Ativan is the brand name for the type of benzo known as lorazepam. A substance use disorder can happen when taking Ativan. Certain factors can increase the risk of addiction, such as:

  • taking it for a long time
  • taking high doses
  • having a history of substance use disorder.

Ativan is a short-term use drug. Long-term use—even when recommended by a doctor—can increase the risk of addiction. A sign that you have substance use disorder is taking Ativan more than prescribed

To determine whether you’re addicted to Ativan, a professional would look for certain signs and symptoms of Ativan abuse. These signs are similar with any type of substance use disorder. You would have a tolerance to Ativan and thus need more of it to experience the same effects.

Withdrawal Symptoms

Most likely, you would show signs of the Ativan taking over your life and becoming a major focus. This could mean that the benzo use is negatively affecting your relationships, your health and other parts of your life, yet you don’t stop using it. You could be spending a lot of time prioritizing use and thinking about how to get your next batch. Plus, it’s a sign of substance use disorder if you don’t want to stop using the drug or are unable to stop.

Further, when you have an Ativan addiction, stopping use suddenly could cause withdrawal symptoms. This is one of the signs and dangers of Ativan abuse and addiction. These withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, confusion, depression, panic attacks, hallucinations and delirium. You could face short-term memory loss, depersonalization—which is a psychological state that involves feelings and thoughts not seeming real or a loss of your sense of identity—and derealization, which involves feeling like your environment isn’t real. The withdrawal process can also lead to vertigo, sweating, insomnia and seizures.

As you can see, symptoms of Ativan withdrawal can be uncomfortable and difficult. Plus, it’s important to know that withdrawing from benzos like Ativan has the potential to be life-threatening because of dangerous symptoms like seizures.

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Is Treatment Necessary for Ativan Addiction?

People often try to go through substance withdrawal and recovery by themselves. But this is not always effective or safe. Since the initial Ativan withdrawal has the potential to be fatal, it’s advisable to enter a detox program. Through a professional detoxification, you can be monitored, tapered off the drug gradually and be given medications to prevent and manage symptoms and ensure that your withdrawal is safer and more comfortable.

After completing detox, it’s smart to continue with a rehab program. While rehab is not essential for everyone, it can help increase the chances that your recovery will be successful. A quality rehab program will help you work through the causes and triggers of your addiction. It will provide tools to help you cope with life without turning to substance use. Rehab programs also offer other guidance to help make your recovery easier and more effective. You will gain support that empowers you to understand and embrace your recovery.

Treatment for Ativan Addiction

Ativan addiction treatment can help you gain back control of your life. At Transformations Treatment Center, our certified addiction professionals are able to determine whether you have an Ativan addiction. If so, they will recommend appropriate treatment unique to your needs.

We offer a detox program through our facility Summit Detox to aid you in safely withdrawing from Ativan. Also, we are able to address co-occurring mental health or substance use disorders if needed. It’s important to address these to have a successful recovery. Since it’s especially dangerous to combine benzo use with other substances such as alcohol, it’s important to seek treatment.

After detoxification, you can take part in a rehab program through Transformations Treatment Center. We offer individualized care with different tracks and programs so we can ensure the right fit. Depending on your needs, you could take part in our partial hospitalization program with client housing. We also offer outpatient programs or intensive outpatient program, which have the option of supportive housing. When you have completed one of our treatment programs, we enter you into our aftercare. In aftercare we check in with you and help you stick with recovery for the long run.

Professional treatment can offer the guidance and tools you need to enter recovery. When using benzos like Ativan, professional treatment—especially a detox program—is especially recommended due to the dangers of withdrawal. Contact us at today to find out how our programs could fit your unique needs for treatment and recovery.

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