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Ativan Addiction Treatment

Find an Ativan addiction treatment and rehab program that matches your recovery goals.

What is Ativan?

Ativan goes by the chemical name lorazepam and is a potent, immediate-duration benzodiazepine. This means it’s in the same chemical family as Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin. Ativan is most commonly used to treat anxiety and seizure disorders.

It works by suppressing the central nervous system enough to relax the person taking it altogether. In other words, they’re both central nervous system depressants that slow down our system. Side effects include dizziness, drowsiness, and disorientation. Ativan and alcohol both affect the same neurotransmitter, GABA.

This rapid onset of action is due to Ativan’s short half-life. It’s metabolized by the body very quickly and achieves peak blood levels within an hour. This makes it the fastest-acting oral benzo around and arguably more addictive than its counterparts.

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Ativan Addiction Treatment Programs

Individuals seeking treatment for Ativan addiction 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 medication management and psychiatric services and many auxiliary services such as brain mapping and gym access to treat addiction and anxiety effectively.

Medical Detox

When people start misusing Ativan and attempt to quit independently, they can experience side effects that can be life-threatening. To avoid overdose and fatal withdrawal symptoms like seizures, checking into a detox rehab center is paramount. With supervision from a medical professional, recovering drug addicts can have a better chance of sobriety. Usually, after detox, most patients transition to another level of care like inpatient rehab or outpatient treatment.

Inpatient Treatment

Patients seeking help for Ativan addiction enroll in this highly structured program to begin addressing core issues related to substance use and recovery. When patients seek addiction treatment while maintaining daily obligations like work, school, or caregiving, IOPs are a more flexible option that still gives people access to the help they need. Inpatient rehab can also be partial hospitalization programs for people who need medical and clinical attention.

Outpatient Rehab

When patients seek addiction treatment while maintaining daily obligations like work, school, or caregiving, IOPs are a more flexible option that still gives people access to the help they need. Outpatient rehab programs are a more flexible kind of rehab treatment but still provides structured guidance to help patients return to their regular daily tasks without relapsing. This level of care involves assisting at least nine to ten hours of treatment per week.

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While benzos are incredibly addictive, those who are willing to break the addiction cycle can seek treatment. We believe in treating each patient in a case-by-case scenario because no two addiction stories are alike. Start walking towards your recovery, and we’ll be here supporting you and your family every step of the way.

Why is Ativan so addictive?

Long-term use of Ativan and other benzodiazepines often leads to addiction. Over time the brain and body become accustomed to the effects of Ativan; physical and emotional dependence can form. People who use Ativan over a more extended period, even when under prescription, 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 getting an Ativan prescription

Even short-term use of Ativan carries risks, especially when combined with other substances, such as Percocet or Ambien. Ativan prescription length is a crucial factor. Those who use the drug for more than four months are at higher risk of developing a tolerance to the drug. So, the amount of time someone takes a prescription drug can be a risk factor in whether or not someone gets addicted to Ativan.

Most benzodiazepines stop working after this period of time and can even result in worse anxiety symptoms or panic attacks. Users don’t realize the dangers of not disposing of these opioids and continue to use them without realizing the negative consequences.

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.

How to recognize 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, some behaviors to watch out for 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 many ways and can experience shifts in their personality, routines, and relationships with friends and family.

What's the Ativan withdrawal process like?

People seeking recovery from Ativan addiction must 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, medical professionals must monitor individuals quitting Ativan and often take safe medications to reduce withdrawal symptoms and seizure risks.

Even when someone thinks they’re making the right decision by quitting their Ativan addiction, they risk suffering adverse consequences. Ativan withdrawal needs a tamper process that slowly brings the medication down until users can stop taking it. Thus, people are highly encouraged to seek addiction treatment at a facility that offers drug rehab with detox programs and partial hospitalization services to ensure they quit Ativan in a safe environment.

Fortunately, there are highly effective drug treatments for anxiety that don’t involve habit-forming benzodiazepines. Non-addictive medications, therapy, and lifestyle changes (such as meditation, yoga, exercise, and other beneficial practices) can be more effective at treating anxiety in the long term, without the risks of benzodiazepines.

Ativan and co-occurring mental health disorders

Most patients receive Ativan to treat an underlying anxiety disorder. However, when people misuse the medication, it leads to addiction and other adverse effects. The problem is that many people with co-occurring disorders tend to self-medicate and start abusing prescription medications to improve their conditions. When in reality, they’re paving the way for a physical dependency that could evolve into an addiction.

The same happens for people who start mixing alcohol and drugs. With these classes of medications like Ativan, sometimes combining these substances can have fatal consequences. In studies, 3% to 41% of alcoholics in the United States state that they abuse benzodiazepines to heighten alcohol or lessen withdrawal effects.

When mixing Ativan and alcohol, the effects of both substances magnify incredibly. Alcohol works to increase Ativan’s effects and can ultimately impair judgment, rational thinking, and common sense.

Mixing these two substances can lead to a potentially deadly blackout episode. Both substances release GABA neurotransmitters at a rapid pace, putting too much strain on the body. Because these are depressants, they work by slowing down our system, including critical functions like breathing.

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At any level of care, patients treated for substance abuse 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 Rehab?

Insurance plans will cover some or all the costs 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 looking to obtain detailed information about your insurance coverage, please call our trained and compassionate staff today.

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