Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine that is used to treat anxiety disorders and is also used for short-term relief of anxiety symptoms. It has a high potential for dependence and addiction, especially when used for a prolonged period or in higher doses than prescribed. Addiction can occur in as little as two to four weeks of regular use, but it can also take longer for some people. It is important to follow the prescribed dose and to use lorazepam only as directed by a doctor to avoid the risk of addiction.