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Ativan is used to treat anxiety, irritability, manic-depressive disorders and can also be used prior to surgery to calm a person. It is not as harmful on the liver and can be used by persons taking ulcer medication.
Ativan addiction is as serious as other prescription or illicit drugs. A person can become addicted to it very quickly. The fact that it makes a person feel so calm is the reason many people misuse it. Alcohol use with Ativan makes this effect more pronounced and can even cause respiratory failure. It is also used as a "date rape drug" because of the tranquilizing effect it has.
If a person stops taking Ativan suddenly they can have very bad withdrawal symptoms and that is why it is so hard for a person to quit on their own. It takes 18 to 36 hours for them to get out of the body and during that time a person's craving can become so strong and the effects of withdrawal so unpleasant that most addicts start taking it again.
Of all the emergency room visits for abuse of prescription drugs Ativan and drugs such as Xanax rate third in all these type of cases. Almost 60% of suicide attempts that involved prescribed medication were caused by drugs such as Ativan.
Ativan is one of the most widely-prescribed medications and therefore it is easy to get. On the Internet it can be bought without a prescription. Sometimes a doctor cannot determine if a patient is addicted to a drug or it their anxiety is getting worse. When a person returns to the doctor after taking Ativan or some similar drug and it is not working, they do not want the doctor to say that they are becoming addicted. They want help in feeling better.
A person who becomes addicted to Ativan or other prescription drug may have a genetic disposition. A family history of drug abuse can make a person more likely to become an addict. Often a person misuses a drug because of the feeling of worthlessness. There is even evidence that molestation, or physical abuse can cause a person to turn to drugs.
Prescription drug use by an age group ranging from 18-25 has been on the increase in the past several years. At many parties, prescription drugs are passed around and the results of these experiments are often deadly.
Rehabilitation for Ativan addiction can differ from patient to patient and usually depends on the level of their dependency. Some of the ways treatment is preformed is that a person is gradually withdrawn from the drug, substitute drugs that are not as harmful may be given or a total detox program may be administered.
A person who is addicted to Ativan or any other drug must first admit that they are addicted and ask help from family, friends or a physician. Substance abuse treatment is the only way to rid themselves of the drug. A person in this situation needs all the support and love they can get.