Ativan Withdrawal

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Ativan is a depressant in the group of drugs called benzodiazepines. It is most commonly prescribed to treat anxiety disorders and seizures. Ativan is prescribed for a fairly short amount of time because it is a highly addictive substance with many side effects. Anyone is at risk of addiction, and Ativan withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous. Because of these risks, no one should have to face Ativan withdrawal and detoxification alone. At BetterAddictionCare, we can help you find the addiction treatment option that is best for you or your loved one.

When the body becomes tolerant to Ativan and relies on the drug to function normally, a person will experience Ativan withdrawal in the absence of the substance. You can experience withdrawal even when following the prescription directions, and some have reported symptoms after only a week of use. Acute withdrawal from Ativan includes the following signs and symptoms:

  • Panic attacks
  • Mood swings
  • Confusion
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pains
  • Nausea
  • Sweating
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting

Long-term Ativan withdrawal symptoms usually psychological in nature. These can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Memory loss
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Cravings
  • Reduced interest in what was once important
  • Trouble concentrating

If you attempt withdrawal from Ativan abruptly, the symptoms are more severe and can be dangerous. These can include fever, hallucinations, and seizures. Use of Ativan should be tapered off under medical supervision. A person may be prescribed a medication called flumazenil, which blocks Ativan’s activity at the brain’s GABA receptors. A standard rehab schedule is four to 12 weeks long and can be undergone at inpatient or outpatient treatment centers. The most severe symptoms of Ativan withdrawal normally pass within ten days, and then, addiction counseling can begin. Cognitive behavioral therapy is often used to help recovering addicts control cravings and other mental and emotional symptoms. In order to have a successful addition recovery, a person should seek help from a medical professional to get safe detox and receive any necessary mental health counseling. Withdrawal and detoxification can be painful, scary, and dangerous, but by seeking help, an individual has access to a comfortable and supportive setting to begin recovery.

Support and connections are vital aspects of the addiction recovery process. Connect with BetterAddictionCare to find the help you need at an addiction recovery center near you. Our client care specialists can help you find alternative rehab programs that accept private insurance and offer customized, cost-effective addiction treatment. We offer personal pre-screenings and after-treatment support services. You are not alone in your journey to recovery from Ativan addiction. Call today or fill out our contact form to start healing.

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