Ativan, also known as lorazepam, is a prescription drug commonly used to treat anxiety, insomnia, seizures and agitation, among several other things. It belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines which have a high potential for addiction and abuse. Despite huge increases in people developing an Ativan addiction in the last decade, physicians continue to prescribe it for long-term use. The drug is known to induce strong feelings of euphoria and wellbeing that last considerably longer than other drugs, making it easy to form an addiction before those who take it realize what’s going on. Ativan dependency is also known to develop quickly in as little as four weeks.
Doctors prescribe Ativan (lorazepam) to treat a variety of conditions: Anxiety, insomnia, seizures and agitation are among the most common. It belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, which is known to have a high potential for addiction and abuse.
Effects & Statistics of Ativan Addiction
Millions of sedatives like Ativan are prescribed every year. Approximately one in six adults will seek medical help for insomnia and anxiety, and most of them will be prescribed Ativan or something similar according to WebMD. The recreational use of these drugs is also a problem with approximately 7.2% of teens reporting to have used Ativan in 2012. These drugs are both severely debilitating over time and can be fatal when taken in large doses. Between one-third to half of all suicide attempts associated with drugs have been linked to Ativan. This is likely due to both the feelings of depression and suicidal thoughts that are known to occur with higher doses as well as its sedative effects.
Once a person is dependent on Ativan, it can have serious consequences for their physical, mental and emotional wellbeing. As time goes on they start to feel as though they can’t get through the day without it. They’re unable to cut down and need to increase their intake to get the desired effect. In addition, they will experience severe withdrawal symptoms if the drug isn’t taken regularly.
Over time, Ativan use can lead to symptoms such as:
- Impulsive or violent behavior
- Psychotic episodes, hallucinations or panic attacks
- Long or short-term memory loss
- Suicidal thoughts
- Suppressed immune system
- Uncontrollable eyelid twitching
- Potential loss of relationships, jobs, and/or finances due to continued drug use
- Death from accidental overdose or suicide
Effects & Statistics of Ativan Addiction
The process of going through a medically supervised withdrawal from Ativan is a crucial step in healing from your addiction. Withdrawal can be a painful and potentially dangerous process on one’s own, but it doesn’t have to be that way. With professional help, physical and emotional symptoms can be greatly curbed. Detoxing in a qualified facility also enables a person to follow through with their detox without relapsing when the withdrawal symptoms become too much to handle. On their own, a person’s issues may feel impossible to handle, but with professional help, they can be managed in a way that gives a person the best possibility for comfort and success.
Withdrawal Symptoms from Ativan addiction
- Extreme sensitivity to pain
- Shakes, tremors, muscle aches and pains
- Heart palpitations
- Nausea and vomiting
- Possible seizures or psychosis in rare cases
At Cliffside Malibu, we believe letting patients have a say in the process to give them a better chance at sobriety moving forward. We’ll do everything we can to make a patient’s detox as safe and comfortable as possible.
If you or a loved one is addicted to Ativan, there is hope to heal and live soberly. What’s important to understand is that an Ativan addiction treatment plan isn’t just a controlled withdrawal. It also involves an intensive, individualized treatment process at Cliffside Malibu. This involves every aspect of your mental, emotional and physical condition. Your addiction has likely taken a toll on all of these areas, and in some cases there may have been unresolved issues that led you to your addiction. We’ll address everything we can to build you up to the point where you’re strong enough and confident enough to handle life soberly, all within the comfort of our beautiful and luxurious facility by the sea.
At Cliffside Malibu, we’ll teach you to cope with life without your addiction, to love yourself for who you are and promote your overall health. When you enroll in an Ativan treatment program it means you are ready to seek help with an addiction you cannot overcome on your own. Take the first step and make the best call you’ll ever make to begin treatment at Cliffside Malibu.