Ativan addiction is a growing problem, just as all prescription drugs that are abused throughout the United States. Most who take Ativan do so responsibly, they have been prescribed the drug for an medical reason, but others take the drug for recreational purposes to get “high”. Ativan produces feelings of well-being, making it very addictive. Regardless to the reason for taking Ativan the users body can develop a tolerance, requiring more of the drug to reach its desired effects. Once a tolerance is developed, addiction follows, the body develops a physical dependency requiring the drug to function properly. When the user gets to the point of addiction they will beg, barrow and steal from friends as well as go to several different Doctors for Ativan prescriptions.
What is Ativan?
Ativan is the brand name for Lorazepam, an anti-anxiety agent. Ativan is a benzodiazepine and mild tranquilizer, sedative, and central nervous system (CNS) depressant. It is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety, insomnia and muscle spasms. Ativan works by slowing down the central nervous system as well as brain function in the user, resulting in a relaxed feeling. Ativan is manufactured in pill form as well as liquid form for injection. The effects of Ativan are usually felt anywhere from one to five minutes after receiving it intravenously, 15 to 30 minutes after muscular injection, or 1 to 6 hours after oral administration. Ativan is very addictive and can cause psychological and physical dependence.
Adverse effects of Ativan Abuse
- cognitive defects
- kidney failure
- respiratory failure
- suicidal tendencies
- hostility and aggression
Ativan Withdrawal Symptoms
Stopping the use of ativan abruptly when the body has is physically dependent often results in withdrawal symptoms. These severity of these symptoms depends on the dose the addict takes regularly and how often it is taken. Withdrawal symptoms that are commonly experienced include;
- muscle aches
- stomach pain and vomiting
- rapid heartbeat and heart palpitations
- memory loss
- change in personality
Signs of Ativan Addiction
- Tolerance to Ativan, requiring larger doses to reach the desired effects
- A physical and psychological addiction to Ativan
- Drug cravings, feeling as if you can’t make it through daily activities without a dose of Ativan
- Financial hardship due to Ativan abuse
- Personal Relationship Issues due to Ativan abuse
- Health issues due to Ativan abuse
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when stopping use of Ativan abruptly
Ativan Addiction Treatment
When quitting Ativan the withdrawal symptoms can be overwhelming and quickly send the addict back for another dose of the drug to ease their discomfort. When entering into a treatment program Doctors and staff will give their full support towards your recovery process. Detoxification will cleanse your body of any chemicals and toxins in a relaxing environment. A non-addictive prescription medication will be given under the supervision of a Doctor to lessen the symptoms of withdrawal. Therapy will help you get to the cause of your addiction and learn how to live a life of sobriety when leaving the program. Do not allow Ativan addiction to control your life any longer, contact an addiction treatment facility today.