Ativan is well-known in the medical and rehabilitation community for its ability to cause addiction and dependency. More often Ativan habits occur in people who have been prescribed the medication, but who now seek out the Ativan high.

Ativan is an anti-anxiety medication designed to release an abundance of feel-good chemicals into the brain. People with anxieties or other fears are often given Ativan if other medications and/or therapies fail to work.

Ativan may also be prescribed to treat severe seizures, insomnia and muscle spasms.

Of course, as much as Ativan can be helpful, it can also be harmful. Like any prescription drug, when taken in larger doses than prescribed, Ativan can have dangerous adverse effects.

Because the main property of Ativan is lorazepam – an addictive substance in itself, Ativan is prescribed over short time periods and in small doses.

Most prescriptions last only four months in which the patient takes Ativan two to three times a day. As a prescription ends, doctors usually prescribe smaller amounts of Ativan to prevent withdrawals.

The Ativan high a person experiences depends upon their body size and structure, as well as how large a dosage of Ativan they take. Their tolerance level is also key to how long an Ativan high lasts.

Remember, while a person’s initial Ativan high may have left them in a euphoric state, to replicate that same euphoria can require an increased dosage.



In many cases, Ativan abuse begins after one is legitimately prescribed the drug. How and what leads up to a point of addiction and dependency on Ativan, can vary from one person to the next.

The actual manner the drug is abused, however, may not vary as much.

Many potential Ativan abusers begin by taking larger than prescribed dosages of the drug. Or an abuser may overlap the times they take Ativan, which can mean taking too much of the drug during a certain predetermined time.

Some abusers choose to mix Ativan with other substances and/or drugs. Most popular is alcohol, which can lead to shallow or slow breathing and eventual heart stoppage.

Other drugs that are mixed with Ativan include medications similar to Ativan such as valium, Xanax and klonopin, all in an effort to intensify the initial high that Ativan provided.

Some physical traits that can point to Ativan abuse are:

  • Drowsiness
  • Dizziness
  • Blurred vision.
  • Syncope.
  • Muscle weakness.
  • Heartburn
  • Nausea or vomiting.
  • Changes in appetite.



Ativan addiction occurs when a person surpasses their tolerance level to find they are now dependent on Ativan.

Dependency becomes much more serious than just casual use of Ativan. An addiction to Ativan should be brought to immediate attention to a qualified addiction rehabilitation center, where the user can be given treatment.

Due to the inherent danger of Ativan, treatment for the drug should be administered as soon as possible. One should never attempt to wean themselves off Ativan without medical supervision.


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