Lorazepam, also commonly known by its brand name, Ativan, is a prescription medication which is commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia, and seizures; while it’s generally safe when used as directed, it can be abused by those dependent on the sedative effects of the drug. Relinquishing an addiction to Lorazepam can be extremely difficult without professional help. This is partially due to the often-severe Lorazepam withdrawal symptoms people experience when they try to quit. Fortunately rehab centres like Liberty House are equipped with the necessary resources and staff to help people overcome Lorazepam addiction and go on to live full and healthy lives.
Lorazepam addiction means continuing to take lorazepam even though it’s causing negative consequences in your life. It can develop quickly, especially if you take the drug more frequently or in larger doses than prescribed.
Addiction typically develops in one of two ways: either people begin misusing the drug recreationally or they start taking it for legitimate medical reasons but then find that they cannot stop taking it.
Lorazepam works by slowing down the brain and nervous system, making it a helpful medication for people who suffer from anxiety or panic attacks. However, it is also this mechanism of action that makes Lorazepam so physically addictive.
In both cases, the individual builds up a tolerance to the drug, which means that they need to take larger and more frequent doses to achieve the same effects. As their tolerance progresses, people may find that they are taking lorazepam not only to feel good but also to avoid feeling bad as Lorazepam withdrawal symptoms can be extremely unpleasant.
Lorazepam addiction is both a physical and psychological condition with certain risk factors that make lorazepam addiction more likely. These include the following:
Recognising a prescription drug addiction like one to Ativan can be hard because you may have originally been prescribed Ativan for genuine reasons or believe that you need it for some medical purpose. Here are some questions to ask yourself which may indicate Ativan addiction signs:
If you answered yes to these questions, it’s possible that you need help for Ativan addiction. Liberty House has successfully helped many people overcome their addiction so get in touch with us today.
Lorazepam abuse and addiction can have a significant impact on physical and mental health. In the short term, lorazepam abuse can lead to impaired judgement, lack of coordination and memory loss. It can also cause slurred speech, confusion, and drowsiness.
Long-term lorazepam abuse can damage the liver and kidneys, and it can also lead to anxiety, depression and insomnia. Lorazepam overdose is also a serious risk, particularly if the drug is mixed with alcohol or other drugs. Lorazepam overdose symptoms include:
If you experience any of these lorazepam overdose symptoms, it’s important to get help immediately as lorazepam overdose can be fatal.
Ativan addiction can have a devastating impact on every aspect of a person’s life, including:
Lorazepam detox is when you stop taking the medication and allow your body to rid itself of the drug. It is a crucial part of addiction recovery as lorazepam detox will help to break the physical addiction to the drug.
Lorazepam withdrawal symptoms can be severe and may include:
For this reason, it is important to detox under the care of medical professionals at a detox centre like Liberty House. Detoxing at home can be dangerous as severe lorazepam withdrawal symptoms can lead to hospitalisation or even death.
The Ativan withdrawal timeline typically begins within twenty-four hours of the last dose, peaks around day three to four, and then gradually subsides over the course of a week or two. However, some people may experience prolonged or severe Ativan withdrawal symptoms as overcoming benzodiazepine addiction can last many months. In this case, Liberty House will discuss with your GP how you can receive additional support after you leave our Ativan detox centre.
As Ativan addiction is both a physical and a psychological condition, Ativan detox alone is not enough to overcome the condition. This means that you need to undergo Ativan rehab treatment alongside your detox programme to ensure that every aspect of your addiction is addressed. Rehab treatment will enable you to recognise the triggers and behaviours that led to your addiction and will help you to develop the skills and strategies to avoid relapse in the future.
The aim of Ativan rehab is to provide comprehensive care and support that will enable you to overcome your Ativan addiction and live a healthy, drug-free life. Liberty House offers inpatient Ativan rehab, which provides an immersive recovery environment where you will have no access to Ativan, won’t be distracted or stressed by your normal everyday life and will be able to focus on your recovery. Inpatient Ativan rehab also offers the opportunity to connect with other residents and therapists which is an important part of the recovery process.
The following Ativan addiction therapies and treatments are just some of those offered at Liberty House:
It is important to have a mixture of these therapies because Ativan addiction is a complex condition which requires a multi-faceted approach to treatment. These holistic therapies will address every aspect of your Ativan addiction to give you the best chance of long-term recovery.
To find out more about our Ativan addiction treatment programmes, get in touch with Liberty House today and we will be happy to answer any questions you have.
When you leave Liberty House, our Ativan addiction treatment doesn’t end there. We will help you to write your own personalised aftercare plan to help you stay on track with your recovery once you return home. This includes ongoing group therapy sessions for a full year which will help ensure that your recovery is long-lasting. We will also be there for you 24/7 should you need any support or advice – all you need to do is pick up the phone.
Relapse can be frustrating but it is very common (around 40-60% of those who have addiction treatment relapse) and can actually be a great chance to grow and learn. However, if you can avoid relapse altogether then you can really begin to look forward to a healthy future free of Ativan addiction. Here are some of the things that you can do to reduce the chances of Ativan relapse:
If you do relapse, make sure you don’t get too down or let it completely destroy all your hard work. Remember that Ativan relapse is part of recovery and that you can pick yourself up and carry on.
If you’re ready to start your Ativan addiction recovery journey, we’re here to help. Liberty House is a leading provider of Ativan addiction treatment in the UK and our team of expert therapists are on hand to support you every step of the way.
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