Ativan, as with many similar drugs, is known to cause physical dependence. Ativan abuse and even just using the drug as prescribed by a physician poses a high risk for developing a physical tolerance, dependence and addiction. Ativan’s label warns individuals of the likeliness to become dependent and even addicted. Therefore, the prescription Ativan is meant to be used over only short periods of time, usually no longer than two weeks. In addition to the short duration period of use, Ativan is known as a PRN medication, in other words, to be used as needed and not as a daily long-term medication for treatment.
In terms of Ativan dependence, overtime, an individual’s body often becomes tolerant to the drug. Once an individual is physiologically tolerance to the sedating and tranquilizing drug it requires an increased amount to produce the effects initially experienced, which can also be referred to as the desired outcome for therapeutic purposes and effects. If an individual is abusing Ativan or other similar substance purchased illicitly as street drugs, as tolerance increases he or she will begin to need more to achieve the high sought or recreational “high. As an individual becomes physically tolerant to Ativan, the drug starts to create undesirable and even dangerous effects in the internal physiological system. In addition to the potentially dangerous changes Ativan can make to an individual’s body, those who abuse and are dependent on Ativan are expected to experience symptoms of withdrawal. Withdrawal begins whenever the drug and or medications starts to wear off in an individual’s system, and the body attempts to function independently from the substance. Even going to a lower dosage of Ativan when once being at a larger dose, will cause an individual’s body to go into withdrawal, which for some can feel like shock and be certainly debilitating.
It is critical to address the fact that being physically dependent on Ativan is much different from having an addiction to the drug. However, distinguishing the different between the two is not always simple. Sometimes dependence can be where addiction begins, although this is not always the case. Addiction, a disease that rewires the brain to need the Ativan, as it does food, water or shelter, can happen on an individual’s first time using the prescription or illicit drug. However, it is common for the disease of addiction to form over time, usually once an individual begins to become dependent on the drug. Ativan dependence is known as a likely component of addiction. Not all individuals who are physically dependent on Ativan are addicted. Consequently, all who are addicted to Ativan are without a doubt physically dependent on the drug.
As far as Ativan addiction goes, individuals who are addicted often display behavioral and psychological signs. Some of the displayed signs of addiction to Ativan are spending an extensive and increasing amount of time, as well as energy and resources focused on taking and having more of the drug. Many individuals who are addicted will partake in what is known as doctor shopping. Doctor shopping in other words is when an individual’s shows drugs seeking behaviors and frequently goes to the doctor meaning several different doctors more often the usual. Becoming addicted to prescription drugs like Ativan, in addition to other substances, often impacts an individual’s normal routine and life. It is quite common for prescription drug addiction to impact family life, work, school and personal responsibilities in a negative way.
Due to the high addiction risk that accompanies the prescription Ativan, it is important for you or your loved one to know if there is a history of drug addiction or abuse among the family. Ativan addiction and abuse affects each person in a different way, as no two individuals are the same. other commonalities among those addicted to Ativan are poly drug use and co-occurring disorders. Poly-drug use is when an individual takes more than one drug at a time, partaking in drug abuse. The most common substance abused alongside Benzodiazepines such as Ativan are opioids, prescription or illicit.
Although it is unsettling that an individual with Ativan addiction becomes impaired on a psychological and physical level, the overall nature of the disease of addiction is destructive and fatal. Ativan use, abuse and dependence has the potential to be fatal, especially when a person brain chemistry changes leaving him or her addicted. Addiction is a deadly disease and if you are living with an Ativan abuse problem, we encourage you to reach out for help and give us a call. It is possible to make changes to your life and with the right help you can get back on your feet, running your own life, rather than Ativan controlling your life for you. There is absolutely no problem too big and no addiction too strong to beat. We can walk you through the necessary steps to begin a better way of life. Get back to living life the way you want without anything, especially Ativan addiction getting in your way.