The sad and desperate aspect of addicts is they’re always trying to get a newer and better high. As they continually attempt to reach a certain level of euphoria, they simultaneously fall deeper into addiction and afterward, dependency. In this instance we are speaking about when someone has mixed Ativan and other substances to increase the intensity of the high.

In the medical world, simultaneous dependency of two or more substances is referred to as polysubstance abuse.

It’s also at this point of dependency that three instances can occur next in the addict’s life:

  1. Rehabilitation at a credible rehabilitation center
  2. Overdose with potentially devastating physical, mental and emotional consequences
  3. Eventual death

The addict, however, may not realize this. They are too invested in their next high to understand the consequences of their continued use.

Some of those who do continue to polysubstance abuse, often do so with Ativan and other substances. Needless to say, this is very addictive and dangerous proposition.



We know about Ativan. It is a very strong drug that is used to temper anxiety. As part of the benzodiazepine family, Ativan comes out as stronger than valium, klonopin, Librium and Halcion.

Secondly, Ativan is usually prescribed quite conservatively within the medical community. With doctors realizing the addictive nature of Ativan, the drug is given for only a week or two, and in very small dosages.

The dangers of such a powerful drug, and it being mixed with anything alcoholic or narcotic, is that no one knows what the reaction might be.

In fact, no one has professionally tested, much less potentially thought of combining Ativan with cocaine or heroin.

So it’s for that reason that the medical community cannot give a definitive answer as to the effects of taking Ativan with other drugs.

Nor in some cases will they know how to treat a person who has overdosed due to combining Ativan with another substance.



Name it, and it’s probably been mixed with Ativan. Undoubtedly, alcohol has been mixed with Ativan, particularly because alcohol is so readily available.

Other prescriptions that can be found around the house that family members may use, can also be abused with Ativan.

In short, it’s a matter of mixing and matching, experimenting to try to reach the same, or possibly a different and more intense high, that gets an addict to try one substance with the other, Ativan notwithstanding.



First, lock up the meds. And make sure when doing so, that the meds are spread throughout your home. Keep nothing together that can be combined.

If you suspect alcohol may be involved in polysubstance abuse within your home, monitor your alcoholic substances carefully.

If they are depleting faster than normal, consider hiding or locking away your booze just as you had with the prescription pills and other substances in your home.

Keep in mind that at the same time you are “disposing” of these chemicals, including the Ativan, that whomever is taking these substances will soon go through Ativan-related withdrawals (as well as other drug withdrawals).

In any case, watch out for the following withdrawal symptoms:

  • Headaches
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety

Many of the prescription drugs given to us have beneficial effects if taken responsibly. If you sense that drug abuse, whether from a single drug or a multitude of drugs is occurring in your home, take the necessary precautions to make these drugs less available.

At the same time, notify a trusted doctor about the abuse, then consider a reputable rehabilitation center, who can help your loved one detox, rehab, then recover from their substance abuse.


If you feel you or a loved one has an issue with Ativan and other substances, 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. Call us now at 1-866.582.9844.