Ativan Detox Program
Ativan Detox Program
What is Ativan?
Ativan is the brand name for a benzodiazepine class prescription drug called lorazepam. Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that produce central nervous system (CNS) depression and cause people to feel calm and relaxed and sleepy. Ativan/lorazepam is most commonly prescribed for anxiety, before, during, or after surgeries, after a traumatic experience such as car accidents or other instances where a person experienced danger. Or to prevent seizures, as well as being widely used as a medication for alcoholics who are experiencing delirium tremors.
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Ativan/lorazepam is a sedative and anxiolytic (anti-anxiety) medication that was first developed in the 1970s. It is a standard medication prescribed in most emergency rooms for victims of car accidents or other serious health and mental health conditions. Dosages for Ativan range from 0.5 mg, 1 mg, and 2 mg tablets. The most common dose that medical doctors prescribe for anxiety, as anxiety is the most common condition treated with Ativan, is 2 to 6 mg/day given in divided doses. Doctors are often hesitant to prescribe Ativan before attempting other non-addictive medications to treat anxiety and other medical conditions.
What Schedule Drug is Ativan?
The Drug Enforcement Agency lists Ativan as a schedule IV-controlled substance under the Controlled Substances Act. The DEA considers Ativan to be a highly addictive drug that is often sought after illegally or through doctor shopping (seeing more than one doctor for an Ativan prescription). The DEA states that in 2017 over ten million prescriptions for Ativan were filled.
There is the potential for dependence on and abuse of benzodiazepines, particularly by individuals with a history of multi-substance abuse… Lorazepam (e.g., Ativan), and other popular benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Restoril) are the five most prescribed, as well as the most frequently encountered benzodiazepines on the illicit market. According to IQVIA™ (Institute for Human Data Science), there were 12.6 million diazepam prescriptions dispensed in the U.S. during 2017. (DEA)
Treatment for Ativan Dependency
Since Ativan is most commonly acquired from a medical doctor, the people who abuse Ativan are usually seeing a doctor get it. However, since Ativan causes addiction, most addicts will develop a tolerance to the effects and need more of the drug to get high. A strong indicator that a person is addicted to Ativan is when they see more than one doctor or change doctors frequently to get Ativan. Another sign that a person is struggling with an addiction to Ativan is a change in behavior or routines. This may include sleeping more or less, becoming agitated easily, forgetting where they put important items such as house keys or their medications, as well as not attending work or school or other important responsibilities. Also, buying Ativan off the street or from other addicts is usually a solid determinant of an addiction.
Other signs and symptoms of Ativan addiction is physical withdrawal. The hardest struggle Ativan addicts face when they are addicted to Ativan are the withdrawal symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms usually mirror the exact experience that Ativan suppresses or minimizes. For example, a person who experiences panic or high level of anxiety and takes Ativan to reduce those symptoms will experience them if they are unable to take Ativan. Ativan is also dangerous because it is a benzodiazepine which will cause seizures to occur once a person stops taking it suddenly when they are abusing it or addicted to it.
Signs and Symptoms of Ativan Addiction
The withdrawal symptoms for someone who is addicted to Ativan can be life-threatening. It is always recommended that anyone who is addicted or abusing Ativan receive medical supervision to prevent them from having seizures or other dangerous medical conditions. The Ativan detox symptoms can be treated medically to prevent seizures and other medical emergencies as well as providing the addict relief from their anxiety or other symptoms. The withdrawal symptoms that addiction to Ativan causes include:
Our Ativan Detox Center
Since Ativan causes dangerous withdrawal symptoms Evoke Florida relies on a taper down regimen of medication to help our clients detox from Ativan. A taper down regimen for Ativan detox provides smaller and smaller doses of Ativan to help the person slowly detox Ativan from their system. Our medically supervised detox program for Ativan and benzodiazepine addiction is overseen by expert staff members who are experienced in identifying and treating Ativan withdrawal symptoms.
Each client is regularly screened by medical doctors, psychiatrists, and mental health counselors during their detoxification. We allow all clients to rest and sleep until they are physically able to engage in more activities. Our detox center allows clients to attend onsite group counseling, individual counseling, as well as relaxing freely outside. Our detox center allows smoking in designated areas, but we do encourage clients to consider quitting smoking.
The amount of time it takes for a person to detox from Ativan dependency varies on how much and for how long they have been taking Ativan. The most common range for Ativan detoxification is between 10 days up to two or more weeks. Once a person has completed our Florida Ativan detox, we invite and encourage them to participate in one of our specialized drug treatment programs. We offer Ativan addiction treatment programs that utilize evidence-based forms of therapy, one on one counseling, group counseling, stress and anger management, relapse prevention, holistic therapy, and 12 step meeting or other supportive recovery philosophy.