Ativan (lorazepam) is a brand-name prescription drug used to treat anxiety disorders, seizures, and insomnia. It is among the country’s most frequently prescribed medications. Persons addicted to Ativan will experience withdrawal when they quit using the drug or rapidly decrease their dose.
Doctors recommend tapering off of Ativan rather than quitting cold turkey, as this can be dangerous. Those who stop taking Ativan without weaning themselves off the drug first may experience severe withdrawal symptoms, including seizures, hallucinations, and psychotic reactions.
Those addicted to Ativan will benefit from medically-assisted detox. Medications can help to reduce Ativan withdrawal symptoms and make the detox process more comfortable. It’s also safer to detox with a physician, as they can monitor the user during detox and intervene if any of the withdrawal symptoms become life-threatening. If you or a loved one are struggling with substance use or addiction, contact us today for information on support and treatment facilities available in your area.