Ativan Addiction and Abuse
Ativan which is a brand name for Lorazepam is part of the family of drugs called Benzodiazepines, commonly referred to as “Benzos”. Ativan is a drug that affects the chemicals in the brain, generally used to treat people with anxiety disorders, by balancing the chemicals that may be unbalanced. Ativan addiction and abuse is a major problem, given these chemical effects (providing an irresistible high) to the brain.
Although it is used to treat anxiety disorders it can also be used to treat sleeping disorders, seizures, alcohol withdrawal symptoms and symptoms due to chemotherapy such as nausea and vomiting. Ativan can be habit forming due to its fast acting ingredients. It is not recommended to take Ativan for long periods of time and only as recommended by a doctor.
Drug Classification for Ativan
Ativan, also known as Lorazepam, is classified as a Benzodiazepine which is a psychoactive drug. It acts by slows down the nervous system acting as a chemical messenger to the brain resulting in a sedated state.
Common Street Names for Ativan
Drugs such as Ativan can be commonly heard on the street by many of their brand names. Ativan is a drug only to be used under prescription such as other drugs in the Benzodiazepine family.
These brand names are:
Other possible street names Ativan are:
Generic names of drugs such as Ativan are:
Side effects of Ativan Addiction and Abuse
Ativan, generically known as Lorazepam, is a Benzodiazepine used to manage anxiety disorders along with other disorders such as sleeping disorders, panic attacks etc. As other Benzodiazepines, it can easily cause a physical dependence and abruptly stopping the medicine may cause other serious side effects.
Common side effects of Ativan addiction and abuse are:
- Weakness of the muscles
- Blurred vision
- Loss of balance
- Loss of coordination
- Changes in appetite
More serious side effects of Ativan addiction and abuse may be:
- Suicidal Thoughts
Signs of Ativan Addiction and Abuse
Ativan along with other Benzodiazepines are some of the most frequently abused drugs prescribed to patients due to their fast acting ability and their availability. Patients showing Ativan addiction signs may feel that they cannot function without the drug.
Ativan addiction can develop quickly or slowly sometimes creeping up on the user as it make take some time to notice there is a problem. On the other hand, patients can develop a tolerance and dependence even after short durations of using Ativan.
Drugs such as Ativan, in the “Benzo” group, alone and in combination with other drugs can cause a type of euphoria “high”.
Ativan addiction signs can be nonspecific and vary from person to person. The signs become more apparent as the addiction changes in severity.
Ativan addiction signs and abuse can include:
- Taking the drug without a prescription
- Taking more of the drug than what is prescribed
- Using the drug in other manners than what is prescribed such as snorting or dissolving it in liquid
- Attempts to obtain the drug illegally
- Use of the drug other than what it is intended for, looking for the “euphoria”
- Inability to function without the drug
- Mixing Ativan with other substances such as other drugs or alcohol
- Financial problems due to the drug
- Neglection of family, friends and work
Ativan addiction symptoms and abuse may include:
- Changes in pattern of rhythm and speech
- Increased sweating
- Mental states of relaxation
- Slowed response time
- Poor coordination
- Unsteady walk
- Slurred speech
- Low blood pressure
- Memory issues
- Lack of motivation
Withdrawal Symptoms of Ativan
Ativan withdrawal symptoms can vary on the severity of the addiction but when the medication is abruptly stopped the withdrawal symptoms can be severe and sudden. The sudden stop of Ativan may cause withdrawal symptoms that are similar to anxiety.
According to the US National Library of Medicine the possibility of death due to any type of drug within the Benzodiazepine family is low, in 2009 there were only two cases reported in English literature.
Ativan withdrawal symptoms both behavioral and physical can include:
- Panic attacks
- Muscle pain
Treatment for Ativan Addiction and Abuse
Adoptions of recovery in the behavioral health systems in the recent years is showing a grand change in the amount of positive outcomes for people who suffer from a substance abuse conditions. Treatment for Ativan addiction begins with a detoxification or a gradual weeing off of the drug with medical supervision.
There are four dimensions according to SAMHSA that support a life in recovery and they are health, home, purpose and community. These four dimensions are embodied in the treatment of Ativan addiction in centers that embody hope that all challenges can be overcome.
Once impatient treatment has been completed at a center, such as detoxification or weeing off, it may be possible that other outpatient treatments are put in place such as building healthy habits.
Ativan Addiction can be easily managed here at White Sands Tampa. If you or a loved one is suffering from Ativan addiction, please call us at 1-877-640-7820.