Ativan, which falls into the benzodiazepine class of drugs, is widely available in medical settings and medicine cabinets across the U.S. Unfortunately, its accessibility, combined with its seemingly innocuous nature, make it even more susceptible to abuse.
Most who use Ativan start taking the drug innocently enough, simply seeking its calming effects to soothe anxieties and cope with everyday life. However, due to its addictive nature, an increasing dependency can develop, making Ativan addiction treatment a necessary intervention to get you or your loved one back on track.
If you or a loved one needs Ativan addiction treatment, contact us online or by calling (678) 379-3111.
Symptoms of Ativan Addiction
The terms “symptoms” and “signs” of addiction are sometimes used interchangeably, but they are actually very different. A symptom is felt by the person who is experiencing it while a sign is the visible reality of the symptom, thus making it observable by outsiders. If you are addicted to Ativan, you may experience any number of the following symptoms:
- Blurred vision
- Lack of motor coordination
- Muscle pain
- Slurred speech
- Trouble breathing
In severe cases of Ativan addiction, and when it is used in combination with alcohol or other drugs, misuse can lead to coma, seizures, or an overdose.
Signs of Ativan Addiction
An Ativan addiction can evolve in several ways, which is one of the reasons it can be difficult to recognize. Some develop a dependency on Ativan after receiving a valid prescription from a doctor. For others, the addiction may have started by buying Ativan from others with access to it or simply by going into the medicine cabinet of a friend or family member.
If you suspect a loved one may have an Ativan addiction, you should be on the lookout for signs such as:
- The person searches the internet for Ativan
- The person asks friends and others for their Ativan tablets
- The person takes Ativan for a longer period than anticipated
- The person has expressed the need to cut back or eliminate Ativan use, but has been unable to do so
- The person’s Ativan misuse has impacted their ability to meet work, school, or home obligations
- Without Ativan, the person experiences symptoms of withdrawal
If you have noticed one or more of these signs in a loved one, intervention may be necessary. The immediate and long-term impacts of Ativan addiction can have tragic consequences and forever alter a person’s life trajectory if not properly treated in a professional setting.
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At Atlanta Treatment LLC, we employ the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM) assessment guidelines to develop a comprehensive support plan fit to you as an individual. In our safe and secure environment, we offer individual and group therapy, as well as informal workshops and 12-step programs. We also offer a variety of holistic program elements, including:
- Wellness activities
- Nature walks
- Personal care
- Neurofeedback, or “brain-mapping,” to teach your brain a healthier way to function
- Adventure-based counseling
- Culture and arts events
- Volunteer work
These holistic activities allow a person to experience releases of dopamine, serotonin, and other neurotransmitters to help the brain during early-recovery. Furthermore, these are deepening experiences that reinforce lessons learned during talk therapy and offer positive coping mechanisms for stress, anxiety, fear, and other emotions that may have led to Ativan use in the first place.
Atlanta Treatment LLC is here to provide you with the support you need to see the light at the end of Ativan addiction. You do not have to do this alone. Our team is here e to meet you as an individual with a unique background, your own needs, and your individual recovery plan.
While Ativan use may be widely accepted and often prescribed, its dangers of abuse should not be underestimated. In fact, the high risk of developing a dependence on the drug generally makes it only recommended for short-term use and under supervision of a doctor. Some of the long-term side effects of Ativan addiction include:
- Abdominal bleeding
- Kidney problems
- Learning disabilities
- Loss of appetite
- Memory loss
- Mouth sores
These are just some of the physical impacts Ativan addiction can have on a person. Continued misuse of the drug can also have profound impacts on a person’s life that include:
- Marital difficulties
- Financial troubles
- Legal challenges
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