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What is the Deal with Ativan Addiction?

What is the Deal with Ativan Addiction?

Ativan is a sedative medication, 3-hydroxy benzodiazepine drug, commonly prescribed to treat anxiety. Lorazepam is mainly available as tablets and a solution for injection. The brand name, Ativan, contains lactose, microcrystalline cellulose, and other ingredients. Learn more about Ativan and why people may struggle with addiction to this drug.

Ativan Use

Ativan is usually divided into 2-3 doses at certain periods of the day. The starting dose is 2-3 mg a day for adults, or 2-6 mg as a typical dose. The maximum dose is 10mg a day. Ativan can be habit-forming. It is not recommended for long-term use. People use Ativan for short-term management of severe anxiety. It is fast acting, because of its high-potency, Ativan use is recommended for treatment of fast onset panic and anxiety. Ativan may also treat:

  • Agitation and seizures in case of overdose
  • Ease symptoms of vomiting and nausea for people in chemotherapy
  • Insomnia
  • Sedation of aggressive patients

Ativan abuse is defined as taking the medication other than prescribed. While Ativan is mostly abused for its anti-anxiety-relaxing, hypnotic and sedating effects, some people use Ativan recreationally to achieve a euphoric high. Crushed tablets can be snorted. Ativan injection also has a potential for abuse and may lead to dependence. Some people who mix Ativan with alcohol to produce sedative-hypnotic effects may use it on other people to get their way with them, including sexual assault or robbery.

Addictive Properties

Ativan taken repeatedly over a prolonged period of time may result in physical and psychological dependence. This may include withdrawal symptoms. Doctors do not recommend Ativan use for longer than 3-4 months. The likelihood of dependence is relatively high with Ativan. Signs of addiction include:

  • Compulsively taking Ativan
  • Continued use in spite of  consequences
  • Craving Ativan
  • Taking it to cope with daily life

If you have been taking Ativan for a longer period of time, you may have developed addiction to Ativan. Treatment is recommended if you have been increasing dosage frequency or use it on your own without being under medical supervision.

We provide detox and support for all you need to recover from addiction. It is not easy but it starts with a decision that comes from wanting to get well. If you are ready, we are here to walk with you every step of the way. Call us 24/7 at our toll-free number: 866-294-9401