Can You Get Addicted to Ativan?

Written by Chloe Nicosia

Can You Get Addicted To Ativan When Your Doctor Prescribes It?

Ativan is the brand name for lorazepam, which is very strong sedative prescribed primarily for anxiety disorders. Individuals suffering from insomnia and seizures may be treated with Ativan. Can you get addicted to Ativan? Yes, it is highly addictive. In spite of its successful management of anxiety, Ativan should not be prescribed for long-term use.

Can You Get Addicted To Ativan?

When someone asks, “Can you get addicted to Ativan?” the answer is yes. Ativan is addictive and should only be prescribed for between two and four weeks and used exactly as prescribed. Individuals using Ativan long-term are at risk for tolerance, dependence, and addiction. Combining Ativan with alcohol to increase the sedative aspects of the drug can result in respiratory depression, which is the cause of many overdose deaths.

When Ativan is combined with another drug (polysubstance abuse) to lessen some of the unpleasant side effects of stimulant abuse it has resulted in coma and death. How do you know if someone close to you is addicted to Ativan. If he or she has a prescription (or had) for Ativan and displays the following signs and symptoms, it’s very possible addiction is now a real problem.

  1. The prescribed dose no longer is providing relief for anxiety, and the individual increases the dose without his or her doctor’s consent. Because the body builds a tolerance to the relief the Ativan provides, the drug no longer provides the normal relaxing effects.
  2. Too often an individual is prescribed Ativan to use when experiencing a panic attack, but they start using it every day instead of just when needed. This is a sign of addiction.
  3. Another indicator of addiction to Ativan is when an individual feels unable to function normally without taking Ativan.
  4. If a person becomes desperate when his or her prescription runs out, and the doctor won’t renew it. Individuals who are addicted will try any means to get more of the drug including buying it illegally, changing doctors to get another prescription, and some go so far as trying to forge a prescription.
  5. Having a supply of Ativan is more important than paying bills and other financial and family obligations.

If you recognize these signs of Ativan addiction, seek help for yourself or the loved one you are concerned about.

Ativan Addiction

Ativan addiction occurs when the drug is abused by taking higher than prescribed doses or when purchased illegally to crush for snorting or injecting. Ativan is a benzodiazepine drug, and in high doses it can cause feelings of euphoria. When the user can’t stop taking Ativan without feeling very uncomfortable and sick, they are experiencing withdrawal. When that happens, the addict will try to get more quickly to get rid of the withdrawal symptoms.

Even when Ativan addiction is not a problem, an individual may experience harmful side effects such as dizziness, weakness, diarrhea, nausea, constipation, urination problems, blurred vision, and decreased sex drive. Extremely dangerous side effects include fever, shuffle when walking, persistent small tremor, inability to be still, severe rashes, jaundice, arrhythmias, vertigo, and difficulty breathing. If someone is experiencing any of the dangerous side effects, he or she needs to go to the emergency room.

Ativan Addiction Treatment

Better Addiction Care (BAC) is a free drug treatment referral service that connects the addict with the best facility to meet his or her treatment needs. Very often people abusing Ativan are abusing it with another substance. Ativan addiction treatment should include therapy for polysubstance abuse, and BAC will direct you to the treatment center that offers the specific personalized programs the patient needs.

Everyday an Ativan addict does not receive help is a day closer to possible overdose and death. Waiting is not an option. Call BAC at 1.800.429.7690 and arrange for treatment before it is too late.

If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, get help right away. Make a phone call that will connect you to a professional drug treatment center. The call you make may save your life or the life of someone you love. Call us today at 1.800.429.7690.

Sources:

https://www.drugs.com/ativan.html

https://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/benzodiazepine-abuse#1

https://www.dea.gov/druginfo/drug_data_sheets/Depressants.pdf