For some, Ativan can be a lifesaver. For others, it’s a gateway into addiction.
Ativan is the brand name for lorazepam, a member of a class of drugs known as benzodiazepines (benzos, informally). Used to treat epilepsy, anxiety and even alcohol use disorder, Ativan plays a useful role in medicine.
Unfortunately, like all benzos, Ativan can be highly addictive when abused. Drug abuse isn’t just for illicit drugs, it also applies to prescriptions when someone:
- Uses someone else’s prescription
- Uses prescriptions recreationally
- Takes a larger dose than instructed
Ativan abuse, like all benzos, can be difficult to treat. Ativan detox can include medical complications, including seizures. It’s important to undergo Ativan detox with medically trained professionals in a 24/7 monitored environment. Not only is it safer, but they can also help with withdrawal symptoms.