Ativan Infographic

Last Edited: February 20, 2020

Patricia Howard, LMFT, CADC

Clinically Reviewed
Edward Jamison, MS, CAP, ICADC, LADC

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and certified by an addiction professional.

Ativan (Lorazepam) is a benzodiazepine that is prescribed mainly to help treat anxiety disorders, as well as seizures and insomnia. As a CNS depressant, Ativan slows down neurotransmitter activity in the brain. Like all benzodiazepines, Ativan is highly addictive in nature due to the body’s ability to quickly form a tolerance to the substance and is meant to be used on a temporary, “as-needed” basis. Visit the Ativan page to learn more.