Ativan is a very powerful benzodiazepine that is generally prescribed for short-term treatment of anxiety. It is very addictive, and some people experience Ativan dependency just from following dosages prescribed by their physician. Since an Ativan addiction can occur quickly, physical and psychological dependencies also develop quickly.
Signs of Ativan Addiction
Just like with other prescription medications, the signs of Ativan abuse may not always be obvious. If you’re concerned a loved one is abusing Ativan, and not following their doctor’s orders, signs to look for include:
- Crushing the pills before ingesting
- Snorting or injecting the pills after crushing them
- Taking Ativan with alcohol or other drugs
- Going to multiple doctors and coming back with an Ativan or similar prescription from all
- Often complaining that they have lost pills or claiming extreme pain to go to the emergency room for more medication
Ativan Withdrawal Symptoms
Typically, Ativan withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Anxiety and panic attacks
- Weight loss
If you or someone you love is engaging in Ativan abuse it is recommended that you seek professional assistance for medically assisted detox prior to involvement in a therapy-based addiction treatment program. Many comprehensive addiction treatment programs offer detox as part of their program.
Getting Help for Ativan Addiction
The best way to overcome an Ativan addiction and maintain sobriety is to attend a residential inpatient program. The therapies used at residential programs will help you create new thought patterns and develop new ways to combat anxiety and stress in a healthy environment that does not include Ativan abuse.
A few of the treatment methods used at residential facilities include:
- A thorough evaluation that will determine the presence of any untreated co-occurring disorders that may have contributed to, or stemmed from, the Ativan abuse
- Cognitive behavioral therapies that are designed to provide you with the tools and skills you need to overcome unhealthy thoughts and behaviors
- Alternative therapies, including yoga or meditation, that provide you with the skills you need to deal with anxiety or stress in a healthy manner
- Group therapy that can provide balanced relationships with others who have similar experiences
- Family therapy that can address not only your relationship with others in your family unit, but also address the needs of family members who may have been negatively affected by your Ativan abuse
Once the initial phases of treatment have been completed at an inpatient treatment center, it is highly recommended to continue treatment in an outpatient setting, as healthy habits are built over time. f you are, or someone you love is, suffering from addiction, please call Futures Recovery Healthcare today.