Acknowledging that you may have an addiction to Ativan is large and significant step toward your recovery from the drug. But unfortunately, in almost every case, those who are addicted will experience some symptoms of Ativan withdrawal when they quit using the drug.
At the same time, acknowledgement of your addiction begins a journey where, in all honesty, you may face some difficulties along the way.
Ativan withdrawal is one of those difficulties.
Withdrawal occurs when a person who is addicted to and dependent on a substance, is suddenly cut off from their drug or drugs of choice. These symptoms will of course vary from user to user, particularly with how much Ativan they’ve consumed due to their tolerance level.
As unsettling as it seems, in almost every case, those who are addicted to Ativan will experience withdrawal when they quit using the drug.
Unfortunately, this also includes responsible users of Ativan, who follow the prescription’s guidelines as well as take the recommended dosage of the drug. They too can have withdrawal symptoms.
Because it takes so little time (and effort) to become dependent on Ativan, doctors usually prescribe it for a week or two, but in very low dosages.
WHY DO WITHDRAWALS OCCUR?
Withdrawal occurs when our bodies are tricked into becoming dependent on a certain substance. In the case of Ativan withdrawal, once the drug is taken away, our brain, nervous system and organs go through a period of adjustment as they relearn to function properly without Ativan.
What makes Ativan so addicting is lorazepam, an addictive drug source in itself, which makes up a large portion of Ativan.
Within 24 hours of nonuse, a person can experience degrees of physical and psychological discomfort attributed to withdrawal symptoms. Again, the severity and duration of these symptoms will depend on how much of the drug was used and for how long.
Because the propensity of Ativan is to be a strong drug that deters anxiety, withdrawal from the drug is recommended only in professional environments such as an accredited rehabilitation center.
Ativan withdrawals are nothing to take lightly, especially as they can kill an unsuspecting user seeking recovery from the drug.
This makes the treatment for Ativan addiction that much more important. For one, a person should never try to stop their Ativan habit on their own. It is very important that an accredited and well-established rehabilitation center oversee the detox process that a person will go through as they wean themselves off Ativan.
This alone explains the dangers of detoxing from Ativan, which can cause many types of symptoms, some of which can lead to heart stoppage and death. Those symptoms are:
- Loss of appetite
- Abdominal cramps
- Involuntary movements
- Hypersensitivity to noise and light
- Panic attacks
- Irregular heart rate
- Short-term memory loss
It isn’t easy to quit one’s dependency on Ativan. Physical withdrawal symptoms can be extremely difficult, particularly as Ativan is known to have a rebound effect following cessation of high doses.
This is why the rehab center that an Ativan user chooses, should confirm that their Ativan cessation program offers a slow tapering-off of the drug.
As is the case with many substance abuses and addictions, therapy is an important element of the Ativan recovery program.
While insomnia, depression and anxiety are the main reasons a person is prescribed Ativan, these reasons are also what leads a person to Ativan abuse.
Be certain to choose a qualified and reputable rehabilitation center when experiencing insomnia, depression and anxiety. If these issues are treated properly with qualified medical professionals, there is less chance a person will return to Ativan use.
Therapy should begin while a person is an inpatient receiving treatment. It can also continue once the patient has successfully completed the residential program, and has gone on to outpatient status.
If you feel you or a loved one has an issue with prescription pills such as Ativan, 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.