What is Ativan?
Ativan, which is also known as Lorazepam, is a short acting benzodiazepine that is normally prescribed to treat:
- Anxiety Disorders
Ativan works by slowing down or stopping certain nerve signals in the brain. The effect of this drug is to decrease excitement in the brain.
Is Ativan addictive?
Ativan is a highly addictive substance and may be habit forming. Within a few weeks of consistently taking Ativan, the body adjusts to the presence of the drug and a tolerance develops. As a tolerance to Ativan develops, the body requires more and more Ativan to achieve relieve the symptoms the drug was prescribed to treat.
Signs of Ativan Addiction
- Overwhelming desire to take ativan at a specific time or several times a day
- Attempting to stop using ativan and failing
- Needing higher and more frequent doses of ativan to receive the same effect
- Symptoms of withdrawal from ativan if a dose is missed or reduced
Under the supervision of the professionals at Outpatient Detox, patients do not need to fear experiencing ativan withdrawal symptoms. Patients may detox off of ativan in the comfort of their own homes with personalized treatment plans consisting of a gradual taper off the medication until the medication is no longer needed. Outpatient Detox professionals will also use other non-addictive medications to help with the taper and to keep the patient safe, calm, and able to sleep at night throughout the detoxification period.