Ativan Abuse and Addiction
Compassionate and Effective Treatment
Ativan is one of the more popular brand-name variations of the benzodiazepine lorazepam. It is commonly used to treat anxiety and has also been found to be effective in the treatment of seizure disorders and before surgery to help patients calm down. Although Ativan has multiple clinical uses, it is a controlled substance that has a high potential for diversion and abuse. Ativan can cause paranoia or suicidal ideation and impair memory, judgment, and coordination. Combining Ativan with other substances, particularly alcohol, can slow breathing and possibly lead to death. If you feel that you or a loved one is vulnerable to Ativan abuse, RU Encore is standing to offer effective, music-based care.
Not A Harmless Drug
Important Facts about Ativan Abuse
Ativan’s availability through prescription and the recent attention on the opioid crisis may have lulled Ativan users into a false sense of security regarding just how dangerous this drug can be. The reality is that benzodiazepines like Ativan are leading to more and more fatal overdoses each year.
- Nearly 13 percent of people who primarily abuse lorazepam also abuse another drug, and 82 percent of people who primarily abuse another drug also abuse lorazepam.
- Ativan-related hospitalization rates have increased nearly 300 percent over the past 15 years, with no signs of dissipating.
- Of the 350,000 ER visits in 2010, lorazepam was responsible for more than 35,000.
Ativan abuse can occur either from recreational abuse or from misuse of a legitimate supply.