WHAT IS ATIVAN?
For all intents and purposes, Ativan is used to treat anxiety. It is part of the benzodiazepine class of drugs. Benzodiazepine-based medication acts on the brain and the central nervous system to produce a calming effect for the user. This occurs as Ativan influences the GABA (gamma-aminobutyric acid) chemicals inside the brain.
In some cases, Ativan, or drugs similar to it, are used to reduce the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, as well as by preventing nausea and vomiting due to chemotherapy and insomnia.
The drug is also utilized for these conditions:
- Manic bipolar disorder (as an adjunctive treatment)
- Chronic sleep problems
- Muscle spasms
Ativan is an extremely addictive drug which, ironically, is used to avoid withdrawals from other addictive substances, such as heroin.
Any questions or concerns that you may have in regard to the addictive nature of Ativan should be immediately directed to your physician.
HOW CAN ATIVAN REHAB HELP?
Quitting Ativan can be difficult. However, with hard work, dedication, and a strong will to stop abusing Ativan, you could enjoy a substance-free lifestyle.
To help avoid relapse, you’ll be encouraged to take part in group work to shore up your newly discovered sobriety, and keep you on the road to a clean lifestyle.
Along with helping you recover from Ativan dependence, our qualified healthcare professionals will also help you identify your emotional triggers.
When taking the first crucial steps in recovery from Ativan abuse, a full support staff can make a huge difference.
ATIVAN INPATIENT REHAB
Inpatient rehab occurs when a patient’s addiction is too severe for them to detox and rehab by themselves. This type of care is reserved for long-term sufferers of acute addiction who need around-the-clock monitoring and support by qualified healthcare professionals.
Visiting a loved one during inpatient recovery can be helpful for the person in receiving treatment. When you visit someone in rehab, you let them know they are not alone and you still care about them.
Of course, the rehabilitation center will have restrictions as to when loved ones and friends can visit. During the initial Ativan detox, you likely won’t be allowed to visit.
The emotional stability of the person in recovery will also affect your ability to visit. When the person in recovery is positive and doing well, a visit is more likely to be allowed. Whereas, if the person in treatment is struggling with the recovery process, it may be best to wait.
As always, check first with your loved one’s assigned counselor to make certain a visit will help, not hinder their progression to sobriety from Ativan.
ATIVAN OUTPATIENT REHAB
Not every addiction case is severe enough to require inpatient rehab. Some patients choose outpatient Ativan rehab, despite its reputation not being as strong among the rehab community.
As to the care outpatient facilities give, it is intense, but less expensive than inpatient care, and does not provide the level of urgency should something go wrong with the patient during Ativan detox or recovery.
THE PROCESS FOR ATIVAN REHAB
Addiction can destroy your mental and emotional wellbeing, but it can also cause physical damage to your body, including fluctuations in weight, illness, and increased likelihood of injury.
Along with fighting addiction, rehabilitation can include getting back into good physical health. Many of our programs offer exercise activities, including stretching and yoga.
Our recovery programs address the mental wellbeing of the patient along with the physical detox process.
Part of our treatment involves learning how to maintain sobriety as life’s stressful situations, like birthdays and holidays come at you. We delve deep to find the potential stressors or triggers that could lead to relapse.
Our treatment professionals get to the root causes of substance use and help you identify usage patterns.
Because Ativan use has spread across all strata of society; our recovery programs are designed to fit the needs of each individual patient’s situation.
THE LENGTH OF ATIVAN TREATMENT
Because each addiction is different, each timeline as to the length of treatment is also different. With Ativan, treatment can last from a matter of a few days to a month or more, depending upon the severity of the abuse.
Remember, treatment for Ativan abuse is more involved than just detox. To increase the likelihood of continued sobriety, your treatment will also involve extended counseling sessions.
It isn’t just about not using Ativan, it’s also about building up your physical, mental and emotional tolerance to the point that when you leave, having a relapse has less likelihood of occurring.
HOW IS ATIVAN USED?
As directed by your doctor, Ativan is taken orally. It can be taken with or without food. Dosages of Ativan are determined by medical condition, age and response to treatment.
Ativan may cause withdrawal reactions, especially if a person has used the drug on a regular basis, and in high doses.
Withdrawals may also occur if a person has a history of alcoholism, drug abuse, or a personality disorder.
The withdrawal symptoms can include seizures, trouble sleeping, mood swings, loss of appetite, stomach pain and hallucinations.
Numbness/tingling of arms and legs, muscle pain and fast heartbeat are also symptoms, as are memory lost (short term) high fever and sensitivity to noise, touch and light.
Many of these symptoms occur when a person sharply reduces their use of Ativan. It is for this reason that a doctor should be consulted before reducing use of this drug.
Ativan should also not be used with alcohol or any other drugs.
If you feel your medication may no longer performs as well as it used to, mention this to your doctor.
DRUGS THAT DON’T INTERACT WELL WITH ATIVAN
It’s impossible to know how Ativan will react with every drug that we know about. Responsibility, instead, should be brought to the patient’s attention to reveal any and all medications to their doctor. This includes prescription and nonprescription drugs, as well as herbal products.
Some products that are known to interfere with Ativan include clozapine, kava, sodium oxybate (also known as gamma hydroxybutyrate or GHB).
Products that cause drowsiness including certain antihistamines, such as diphenhydramine as well as other medicines for sleep or anxiety, should not be taken with Ativan. Nor should muscle relaxants, narcotic pain relievers (such as codeine), or psychiatric medicines (such as chlorpromazine, risperidone, amitriptyline, trazodone).
Double check the labels on any allergy or cold products as when combined with Ativan, they may cause drowsiness. Confirm with your pharmacists as to whether or not these products and Ativan are compatible.
During the Ativan rehabilitation program, we will keep your Patient Health Information (PHI) to the utmost degree of privacy.
Fighting through the struggle of Ativan recovery will be difficult enough, so our focus on privacy should help keep your mind at ease.
You can take comfort in knowing your PHI is safe so you can concentrate on your recovery.
HOW ARE PAYMENTS HANDLED
If you stay with us for a long period of time, we will bill on a bi-weekly basis, otherwise it will be on a monthly basis.
Just like keep your Patient Health Information safe and secure, we do the same for your payment information. We don’t save your credit card information or any other financial records.
GOING AWAY FOR TREATMENT
Sometimes rehabbing away from home can be very beneficial. Getting away from the environment that led you to use Ativan in first place can pay big dividends.
Sometimes being around what’s familiar will also leave you susceptible to relapse. By rehabbing from Ativan away from home, you can reduce distractions and concentrate on your treatment. It can also introduce you to new interests, philosophies, sights, thoughts and most importantly, people.
With our rehabilitation facilities located throughout the country, you are bound to find a recovery center that will appeal to you as well as your efforts toward sobriety.
All the Ativan detox and rehabilitation in the world won’t help unless you have a substantial network of people to whom you can turn for consultation and/or help.
Fortunately, out rehab programs help you create this support network. Patients are encouraged to maintain these relationships after leaving the recovery center. This support group can also come in handy when staying sober becomes difficult.
The knowledge that you are not alone in living a sober life away from Ativan will go a long way to keep you on the path of sobriety.
If you or a loved one have an addiction to alcohol, contact BLVD Treatment Centers. At BLVD Treatment Centers we custom tailor our recovery programs within the safe and nurturing confines of our rehab treatment centers. Located throughout California, in Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and in Portland, OR, our mission is to assess the severity of your addiction to help you achieve true recovery within 30 days.