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How to treat Ativan addiction

Ativan (lorazepam) is a sedative used for the short-term treatment of anxiety, insomnia, muscle spasms and seizures. While Ativan can help many people, Ativan addictive potential has been rated as a relatively high potential for abuse. Why?  Lorazepam, the main ingredient in Ativan, works by slowing brain activity and can induce a high when taken in large doses.  In this way, Ativan can create feelings of euphoria and well being.

Psychological dependence on Ativan can be paralyzing. So how do you help Ativan addiction and where can you find help? Here, we explore treatment options for problems with Ativan and invite you to ask questions at the end.

Am I addicted to Ativan?

Do you think that you are addicted to Ativan or that a loved one is? Here are some signs and symptoms of Ativan addiction that you can look out for. Symptoms of Ativan addiction can include:

  • anxiety
  • behavioral changes/switch in friendship circle
  • cold clammy skin
  • consuming lorazepam longer than doctor directed
  • increased chemical tolerance
  • increasing dosage without medical supervision
  • insomnia
  • loss of coordination
  • low blood pressure
  • vomiting

Treating Ativan addiction

There are multiple ways Ativan addiction can be treated. Quitting Ativan cold turkey is not recommended, and ending chemical dependence on lorazepam will require professional help. Treatments for Ativan addiction include:

1. Ativan addiction detox

Continual use of Ativan can lead to both physical and psychological dependencies. Eventually inpatient detox programs will be required to help treat the addict after long term use. Detox usually occurs after a gradual taper off Ativan under medical supervision. Detox centers provide professional medical staff and therapists who are also present to help Ativan addicts with anxiety problems and avoid relapse.

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2. Behavioral treatments for Ativan addiction

After lorazepam has left the system, psychotherapists can provide cognitive-behavioral therapy for Ativan addicts and will often recommend participation in a 12 step program. These programs are offered at rehab centers and help assist Ativan abusers in setting goals addressing dysfunctional emotions. Behavioral treatment programs can be highly successful, if the patient is willing and determined to change.

Treatment for Ativan addiction

Where can you find help for Ativan addiction?

Addiction treatment centers– Treatment centers can provide professional care for Ativan addicts in need of help. These centers can provide both acute detox services and therapy, as well. Treatment centers will also provide aftercare solutions to minimize risk of relapse after program completion.

Detox clinics – Detox clinics are important for heavy users and address physical dependence on Ativan. After initial detox, clinics may offer referrals to counseling and therapy. Detox combined with support groups and counseling can be highly effective solutions for preventing relapse and helping support the patient psychologically.

Medical professionals – You can ask a number of medical professionals for help with Ativan addiction. This includes your family doctor, general physician, a psychiatrist, or psychologist.

Social service workers – A licensed clinical social worker can also refer you to addiction treatment services in your area. Additionally, community or religious leaders can also point you int he right direction when seeking help for Ativan addiction.

Support Groups – Support groups for Ativan addiction are provided in 12 step programs that meet on a voluntary basis. Joining a community to share experiences with others and seek advice offers help for free where Ativan addicts are welcomed.

How to treat Ativan addiction questions

Ativan addiction is treated both physically and psychologically. However, dedication from the individual is required.

Do you still have questions about Ativan addiction? Please leave your questions below and we will try to respond to you personally within a reasonable time.

Reference Sources: NIH National Institute on Drug Abuse: Mechanisms of Benzodiazepine Addiction

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6 Responses to “How to treat Ativan addiction
Jonathan
6:48 pm April 1st, 2014

Hi, I started taking Ativan 1mg at around the end of may 2013. I tried stopping it but after the withdrawal I started having chronic anxiety and tension so I got back on ativan around november, and this time a higher dosage (2,5mg).and still taking it. My question is, will I still be able to stop the drug since it’s the only thing that keeps the chronic anxiety and tension at bay. Any advise would be appreciated.

10:03 am April 2nd, 2014

Hi Jonathan. Anxiety is a tough one, but can be treated using behavioral and psychotherapeutic techniques. Have you tried to address underlying issues which compel the anxiety with the help of a psychiatrist or psychologist?

jonathan
5:22 pm April 4th, 2014

No I haven’t. But on April 15th I have an appointment with my psychiatrist, I will ask her for a psychologist to talk about my underlying problems. I have a hard time stopping the Lorazepam because I have chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia together with chronic anxiety so I just can’t find the courage to stop it, feeling depressed as well, scared that I can’t stop the lorazepam. I’m also growing tolerant to the drug, I only get half the effect now, which is also a big concern.

11:57 am April 7th, 2014

Hello Jonathan. Totally hear you. Your challenge may not be the motivation to change, but learning the coping mechanisms for change. With guidance, you can progress pretty quickly. So, check out the APA’s pyschologist locator…and get started with the CBT or behavioral therapy soon. Good luck to you!!!

Cary
8:46 am October 6th, 2015

what drug is used to detox from ativan?

pamee
6:16 pm January 12th, 2016

If I take 2 mg Lorazapam 3x a day (6mg a day) for 7 days straight then stop for 7 days then continue this schedule for several months am I addicted or will I become addicted?
Thank you

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