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Ativan Addiction Symptoms and Treatment

Ativan is a prescription medication that falls under the class of benzodiazepines and is often prescribed for panic attacks and other anxiety-related diagnoses. It is sometimes also prescribed to help patients fall asleep.

Because Ativan, the brand name for lorazepam, is not an illegal drug and is available by prescription, the dangers of addiction may take some users by surprise. Dependence can form when the user develops a tolerance over time. They no longer experience the same feeling as when they first started taking the prescribed dose, and they may be inclined to abuse the drug in order to feel the same effect.

A person with an Ativan addiction may abuse the prescription by doing one or more of the following:

  • Taking Ativan at a higher dose, more often or for longer than prescribed
  • Using the prescribed Ativan in non-prescribed ways, such as injecting or crush the pills.
  • Using Ativan specifically to get high
  • Mixing Ativan with a depressant such as alcohol

Sometimes people who do not have a prescription for Ativan will also abuse the drug, taking it for the sole purpose of getting high.

Street Names For Ativan

The most common street names for Ativan include silence, control, and tranks. Because there aren’t many street names for Ativan specifically, it is often referred to by the same street names as benzodiazepines. Common slang terms for benzodiazepines include downers, candy, sleeping pills, or simply benzos.

Physical Symptoms of Ativan Addiction or Abuse

When someone is addicted to Ativan or abusing the drug, they will often display one or more of the following symptoms:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Headaches
  • Physical and mental relaxation
  • Lowered ability to concentrate
  • Tremors
  • Poor coordination and motor skills
  • Sweating
  • Confusion
  • Hallucinations
  • Feelings of calmness or euphoria
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Slowed breathing rates
  • Cravings for Ativan and symptoms of withdrawal when it’s not available

These common side effects alone shed a light on the dangers of abusing the drug, but it doesn’t stop there. Long-term side effects of high-dosage Ativan abuse include:

  • Seizures
  • Tremors
  • Loss of consciousness
  • Kidney failure
  • Respiratory failure

The more extreme side effects, such as kidney failure and respiratory failure, can lead to death.

Mixing depressants like alcohol with Ativan can also lead to a coma or death.

Behavioral Signs of Ativan Addiction

  • Decreased interest in pleasurable activities
  • Aggression
  • Excessive sleeping
  • Paranoia
  • Memory issues and forgetfulness
  • Lack of motivation
  • Strained relationships
  • Uncharacteristic behavior, such as stealing money or pawning items (to pay for Ativan)

It’s important to be able to identify these signs of abuse in yourself or a loved one, as that is the first step in getting Ativan treatment. If you are concerned that a loved one is addicted to Ativan, look for signs of physical and psychological dependencies on the drug.

The Importance of Ativan Treatment

Addiction affects the chemicals and processes of the brain. When someone takes Ativan or any other benzodiazepine, they develop a chemical dependence on the drug. Their brain, over time, rewires itself to expect the drug. Without Ativan treatment, that dependency can cause dangerous long-term effects or even lead to overdose and death.

On the other hand, stopping Ativan use too abruptly can also put the user’s life at risk. Receiving professional Ativan treatment is crucial for a safe detoxification and recovery.

Depending on the severity of the addiction, withdrawal symptoms can start within just hours of the last use. The most common Ativan abuse withdrawal symptoms are:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Insomnia
  • Tachycardia and high blood pressure
  • Extreme anxiety and agitation, even panic attacks
  • Convulsions or seizures
  • Headaches
  • Sweating and tremors, especially in the hands
  • Inability to concentrate or confusion

Only medically supervised detoxification at an Ativan rehab center can help ensure safety and give the user the best chance for long-term sobriety.

What to Expect in Our Ativan Treatment Program

When you come to Daylight Recovery Services for Ativan addiction treatment, our expert staff will put together a personalized treatment plan based on the individual’s needs. We provide Ativan treatment for all levels of addiction.

Treatment typically starts with medically monitored detoxification, during which our staff work to make the client as comfortable as possible.

After detoxification, our residential drug treatment program includes professional counseling and a variety of services, such as:

  • Personalized case management
  • Sound healing
  • Mindfulness meditation
  • Reiki
  • Trauma therapy
  • Cognitive Behavior Therapy
  • Access to 12-step programs

In addition to the structured services offered as part of the Ativan treatment program, clients have access to our other amenities, including chef-prepared meals, TVs in every room, swimming pools, jacuzzis, and more.

After the detoxification process and inpatient treatment, clients continue with outpatient drug rehab. The outpatient program involves a few hours of treatment a day for a few days a week. This structured support of outpatient rehab helps clients with the transition from residential treatment to living on their own again, giving them a better chance of lasting sobriety.

Take the First Step to Ativan Addiction Recovery

If you or a loved one are addicted to Ativan, start the journey to sobriety by giving us a call. Our admissions staff is available to take your call anytime, 24 hours a day. You don’t have to fight alone. Start your Ativan treatment now.

Addiction Treatment Advantages at Daylight Recovery Services

  • Group  & one on one individual therapy
  • Non-secular recovery for Ativan addiction
  • Residential inpatient & outpatient services for Ativan addiction
  • Services specifically geared toward co-occurring mental disorders

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