Ativan Recovery

Recovering from any form of substance use disorder or addiction is difficult but a few drugs can make the process especially hard. Ativan is one of those drugs. As a central nervous system depressant, Ativan disrupts critical processes to the point where serious problems can develop when drug use stops. Ativan recovery is designed to provide you with the level of support you need to make it through detox and live a drug-free life.

What Does Ativan Do? 

Ativan belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines or benzos, which are sedatives. Like most sedatives, Ativan acts on your body’s central nervous system (CNS), slowing down the chemical activities that regulate CNS activities. It does this by stimulating GABA production. GABA is one of several chemical messengers that transmits information throughout the brain and CNS.

GABA’s effects work to slow down chemical and electrical activity in the brain. For these reasons, Ativan is commonly used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and seizures. Unfortunately, your body can only tolerate Ativan’s effects for so long before serious problems start to take shape. Through Ativan recovery, key treatment supports are used to help you undo the harmful effects of the drug on your body and mind.

Treating Ativan Abuse & Dependence

A dependence on Ativan can develop within a week’s time regardless of whether you’re taking it as prescribed or using it on a recreational basis. While each person’s body responds differently, the way this drug interacts with the brain’s chemical system makes it likely that dependence will develop. If you’ve only been using Ativan for a short time, treatment for dependence is designed to help you make it past the withdrawal symptoms that develop when Ativan use stops.

Withdrawal symptoms that develop may include:

  • Headaches
  • Panic attacks
  • Trouble sleeping
  • Irritability
  • Anxiety
  • Shakiness
  • Depression

Ativan withdrawal effects tend to be extremely uncomfortable, which can make it hard to stop using this drug. Also, as your brain and CNS try to function in the absence of the drug, rebound symptoms may develop. Rebound symptoms are the same symptoms a person experienced before starting the drug, such as anxiety, insomnia, or panic attacks. The only difference is rebound symptoms tend to be more severe than before, making it that much harder to stay off the drug. This aspect of benzo recovery requires medical care and treatment.

The Effects of Ativan Addiction

Addiction, of any kind, takes the form of an out-of-control compulsion that consumes a person’s life. When Ativan is the drug involved, addiction can quickly become a death sentence. According to the Journal of Public Health, benzodiazepine mortality rates increased by 500 percent between the years 1996 and 2013. Not unlike today’s opioid epidemic, drugs like Ativan have become a menace all their own.

Along with the dangerous physical effects of Ativan abuse, addiction attacks your mind, particularly your ability to think and act, rationally. In effect, chronic Ativan abuse not only disrupts the brain’s chemical system but also warps the physical structures that make up the brain and CNS. Ativan addiction recovery entails helping you see the effects of addiction in your life and develop coping strategies that support a drug-free lifestyle.

Important Considerations

If you or someone you know struggles with Ativan abuse or addiction, the need for treatment cannot be ignored. Repeated attempts to stop using Ativan on your own will only make the recovery process more difficult. Serious medical and mental health problems can also develop as an Ativan addiction worsens. Not only that, but there’s a very real risk of developing brain damage when going through withdrawal without needed medical detox supports. In other words, the sooner a person takes steps to get rehab help the better.


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