Ativan Addiction and Treatment.
Laguna Trails Recovery is an Orange County rehab center offering science-based treatment for Ativan addiction. We specialize in custom treatment programs designed to meet the specific mental and physical challenges of your or your loved one’s unique addiction. Every person becomes addicted to Ativan differently, and with no two cases of addiction the same, Ativan addiction treatment requires a specialized approach. Our combination of medical support and psychological care will give you the tools to beat addiction and move on with your life.
How Does Ativan Addiction Work?
Ativan, or Lorazepam, is a benzodiazepine frequently prescribed to treat anxiety, active seizures, and insomnia. While DSM5 criterion suggest a maximum prescription period of just 4 weeks, many patients have been on it for years. Over time, the body becomes tolerant to Ativan, forcing patients to use more to get the same effects, causing dependence, and eventually, addiction. With harmful side effects, including causing worsening anxiety and depression when off the drug, long-term users may find themselves mentally dependent on the drug, to stave off panic attacks and strong withdrawal symptoms.
Health Risks of Ativan Abuse
Ativan is a sedative and muscle relaxant, which causes users to relax in the short term. Over the long-term, it causes weakness, low blood pressure, and respiratory issues. It may also cause increased depression and risk of suicide. The biggest risks to most addicts are liver and gastrointestinal damage, but Ativan can be especially harmful in older patients, and in persons with low blood pressure. Therefore, users become more prone to falls and bone fractures when on the drug. Ativan may be fatal if combined with opiates or alcohol.
Detoxing the Safe Way
Detoxing from Ambien is dangerous and can result in seizures, benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, anxiety, panic attacks, and rebounds. The medical staff at Laguna Trails can assist you with detox using medical supervision and prescription medication to reduce withdrawal symptoms and help you to recover more quickly.
We offer a fully customized treatment program, designed to tackle the unique aspects of your addiction – mental and physical. Laguna Trails’ medical staff is able to recognize the symptoms of a rebound and work to prevent it, while giving you the psychological and medical support you need to beat addiction.