Ativan Addiction Treatment
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What is Ativan?
Anxiety can cause significant problems in someone’s life, especially when left untreated. It can prevent sufferers from living healthy lives, enjoying families and friends, succeeding at work, and in severe cases, getting out of the house and completing daily tasks. Treating anxiety is vital for the well-being of the millions who suffer from the condition. However, some anti-anxiety medications, such as Ativan, can cause more long-term problems than they solve.
The short-acting effects of these drugs create reductions in anxiety and an overall sense of calmness. Using these psychotropic medications may seem like an effective way to treat anxiety, the unfortunate truth is that drugs like Ativan can cause addiction and even increased anxiety in the long run. Fortunately, Ativan addiction is a treatable condition in drug rehab.
Ativan Addiction Treatment Programs at Lighthouse Recovery Institute
Individuals seeking treatment for Ativan addictions often need drug treatment and clinical care for underlying anxiety disorders which can fuel benzodiazepine dependence. At Lighthouse Recovery Institute, we are proud to offer dual diagnosis care for patients suffering from substance use disorder and mental health conditions, such as anxiety. We offer individual and group therapy, DBT and CBT, medication management and psychiatric services, as well as many auxiliary services such as brain mapping and gym access to effectively treat addiction and anxiety. For those who need long-term solutions for anxiety, we have individualized treatment not only for addiction but the factors that may have contributed to drug dependence.
Inpatient TreatmentAfter completing medical detox, patients seeking help for Ativan addiction enroll in this highly-structured program to begin addressing core issues related to substance use and recovery.
Ativan and Addiction
Long-term use of Ativan and other benzodiazepines often leads to addiction. Over time the brain and body become accustomed to the effects of the drug, physical and emotional dependence can form. People, who use Ativan over a more extended period, even when it is prescribed, run the risk of becoming addicted. Ativan addiction can lead to even more severe anxiety than the user initially experienced, memory impairment, loss of coordination, disrupted sleep patterns, depression, loss of motivation, sexual dysfunction, and difficulty with relationships and daily life.
Ativan withdrawal symptoms are also a risk of long-term use. When someone dependent on Ativan ceases using the drug suddenly, they can experience severe and even fatal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms from Ativan include anxiety, depression, headaches, dizziness, vertigo, memory loss, confusion, sweating, delirium, and seizures. Acute Ativan withdrawal can be fatal for users due to the high risk of seizure activity during benzodiazepine withdrawal. This process can last for up to two weeks, with mild symptoms such as memory impairment or headaches lasting months in some cases.
Risks of Ativan Use
Even short-term use of Ativan carries risks, especially when it is combined with other substances, such as Percocet, or Ambien. Taking too much Ativan can cause an overdose, with symptoms such as blurry vision, slurred speech, slowed breathing, uncontrolled eye movements, low blood pressure, and loss of coordination. If someone suffering an overdose doesn’t receive immediate medical attention, they could experience a coma, brain damage, or even death. The risk of overdosing on Ativan is increased enormously when the drug is used along with alcohol, other benzodiazepines, and sedative medications. Unfortunately, because people who abuse Ativan are likely to abuse other substances, the overdose risks in this population are significantly heightened.
Recognizing the Signs of Ativan Addiction
Since Ativan is a prescription medication, it may be difficult to recognize signs of Ativan addiction in someone with an anxiety disorder who receives the drug from their doctor. However, there are some behaviors to watch out for that can indicate that someone is struggling with Ativan addiction. Someone dependent on the drug may take more than their prescribed dose or exaggerate symptoms to doctors. Furthermore, they might purchase the drug illegally on the street or tend to “doctor shop” which is when they visit multiple doctors to collect prescriptions. More signs to look out for include seeing if they spend lots of money on the substance or display signs of intoxication. Ativan withdrawal signs that are easy to identify include lack of coordination or mental confusion. Ativan addiction can often take over a person’s life in a multitude of ways and can be seen in shifts in their personality, routines, and relationships with friends and family.
Seeking Help for Ativan Addiction
It is vital that people seeking recovery from Ativan addiction complete a supervised, medical detox. Stopping taking abruptly or unsupervised can send the user into withdrawal, which can cause fatal seizures. To safely navigate the detox process, individuals quitting Ativan must be monitored by medical professionals, and often take safe medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms and seizure risks.
Fortunately, there are highly effective drug treatments for anxiety that don’t involve the use of habit-forming benzodiazepines. Non-addictive medications, therapy, and lifestyle changes (such as the use of meditation, yoga, exercise, and other beneficial practices) can be more effective at treating anxiety in the long-term, without the risks of benzodiazepines.
Our Ativan Treatment Center
At any level of care, patients being treated for Ativan addiction have access to weekly individual therapy and group therapy each week. Patients learn coping and relapse prevention skills, connect with recovering peers and address core issues during clinical sessions. The effect of group therapy regarding evidenced-based treatment is one of the most effective ways to help with drug and alcohol addiction counseling.
Additionally, patients can process issues such as trauma and grief, develop vocational and life skills, and have regular access to medical staff to tend to medical and mental health diagnoses throughout their care.
Does Insurance Cover Ativan Addiction Treatment?
Insurance plans will cover some or all the cost of Ativan rehab programs. Individual insurance companies each have specific criteria and medical necessity guidelines they follow. If you or a loved one are considering entering Ativan addiction treatment and are looking to obtain detailed information about your insurance coverage, then please call our trained and compassionate staff today.