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Ativan Addiction Treatment

Ativan is a drug that is in the same class as Valium. It is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety, insomnia and muscle spasms1. It is a “downer,” much in the same way that alcohol is, and acts on the brain in the same way that consuming alcoholic beverages does.

Ativan Addiction Facts

  • Ativan works by slowing down the central nervous system and brain function in the user. As a result, they feel relaxed.
  • A new Ativan user may feel sleepy and become uncoordinated until they become accustomed to having the drug in their system.
  • This drug is not meant to be used for a long time; ideally it should not be used for more than four months.
  • A person who is taking Ativan for anxiety issues may become addicted to the drug if he or she starts taking it at a higher dose than what was originally prescribed, or takes it more often than directed by the doctor.
  • Another problem associated with Ativan use is that over time the person develops a tolerance for the drug. He or she must take more of it to get the same effects that he or she got from it initially.
  • This can be very dangerous, since Ativan has the potential to depress the user’s nervous system and respiration if taken at high levels. Taking too much Ativan can cause lethargy and clumsiness, which can lead to accidental falls and other injuries.

How Ativan Addiction Treatment Works

The first step in treating someone for Ativan addiction is to get them free from the physical effects of the drug. A person who stops taking the drug all at once2 may experience withdrawal symptoms. The severity of the symptoms will depend on how long the person was using the drug and what dosage they were taking.

Withdrawal symptoms3 that an Ativan addict may experience include sweating, muscle aches, stomach pain and vomiting. Some people feel feverish, and a rapid heartbeat and heart palpitations are not uncommon.

The person may also experience tremors, and in some cases their condition may escalate into full-blown seizures. It’s not unusual for a person going through Ativan withdrawal to become confused, anxious or depressed. They may have memory loss or exhibit a change in personality. Throughout this process, the individual may experience unusual thoughts, irritability and anxiety.

For that reason, the detox stage of treatment should be done under the supervision of people who have been trained to deal with Ativan addiction. Not only can they monitor the addict’s physical condition, but they can also reassure the person in treatment that what they are experiencing is normal and that these feelings of discomfort will pass.

Ativan addiction treatment is not a single-step solution to the issue. An addiction treatment professional will recommend that the detox stage be followed by getting help from an Ativan rehab or a drug treatment center specializing in Ativan addiction. Going through all the steps will give the addict his or her best chance for recovery.

Citations

1Non-benzodiazpeines.org.uk
 Conditions the drug is used to treat.
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2EdMedTV.com
 Signs of addiction and withdrawal symptoms
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3Drugs.com
 General information and weaning off drug slowly
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