Unfortunately, Ativan is also highly addictive. The Substance Abuse and Medical Health Services Administration found that the number of emergency room visits involving Ativan tripled between 1999 and 2008. By comparison, normal treatment admissions rose just 11 percent. More than 312,000 patients visited emergency rooms because of benzodiazepine use in 2009.
Ativan slows down activity in the brain and creates calm, relaxed feelings, making it a popular anti-anxiety medication. Other potential side effects include:
Addiction to Ativan and other prescription drugs also puts you at a higher risk for:
Common symptoms of Ativan addiction include:
Medication can play a crucial role in correcting chemical imbalances, managing withdrawal symptoms, and curbing cravings. Combining medication with therapy offers a healthy foundation for recovery from Ativan abuse.
Ativan abuse often requires various therapies, including group and cognitive-behavioral therapy. However, as most Ativan cases start as a means of treating anxiety, many doctors will recommend co-occurring disorder treatment to treat both the drug abuse and the underlying anxiety.
Detox aims to rid your body of the harmful chemicals and toxins that have built up from extensive drug use. As Ativan can have harmful rebounds, most detox centers will have you taper off use instead of stopping cold turkey.
Inpatient care is the best option for detox. Inpatient care offers a positive, supportive setting free of distractions or negative influences. Best of all, inpatient treatment gives you direct, round-the-clock access to healthcare professionals, from counselors for emotional support and advice to staff who can administer medication and provide emergency care.