Ativan is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety disorders and anxiety disorders associated with depression. Benzodiazepines like Ativan are highly habit forming. Using the drug in ways other than prescribed by a physician can lead to addiction. Ativan works by controlling brain chemicals that may become imbalanced and cause anxiety. Ativan is used to treat these conditions so that those who suffer from these types of mental illnesses can lead a normal life. But when the drug is misused, the person struggling with anxiety and depression can see an increase in his or her symptoms. This can lead to difficulty with marriages and other relationships because the person using the drug is unable to control her reactions to everyday situations.
Ativan Addiction Symptoms
Because Ativan works in the central nervous system, the side effects of the drug can negatively impact day to day functioning and behavior. Ativan side effects can include the following:
- Drowsiness, dizziness, tiredness
- Blurred vision
- Muscle weakness, lack of balance and coordination
- Amnesia or forgetfulness
- Trouble concentrating
- Nausea, vomiting, constipation
- Appetite changes
- Skin rash
With proper drug use, many of these symptoms diminish or disappear over time. But using the drug in larger amounts or for longer periods of time than prescribed by a physician can lead to addiction. If you or a loved one uses Ativan to control depression or anxiety, look for these signs of addiction:
- Needing more of the drug to achieve the same level of symptom relief
- Needing more of the drug before the next dose is due
- Wanting a supply of the drug on hand at all times
- Becoming preoccupied with getting and using the drug
- Going into debt to get and use the drug
- Engaging in illegal behaviors, like stealing, to get and use Ativan
- Participating in dangerous behaviors, like driving, while under the influence of Ativan
- “Doctor shopping” to get new prescriptions for Ativan
If you or a loved one has any of these symptoms, it is time to get help.
Ativan Addiction and Marriage
Ativan side effects can be severe, especially when using the drug for the first time. The person who uses Ativan to treat anxiety or depression may already have difficulty maintaining healthy relationships, which means her marriage may have been in jeopardy before starting the drug. Adding Ativan side effects and dependence to an already difficult situation can make matters within the marriage even worse. Committing to regular marriage counseling and individual therapy while being treated with Ativan can help. Learning to control negative outbursts and deal with side effects in healthy ways can increase the chances of a marriage surviving while a loved one is getting treatment for depression, anxiety and Ativan addiction.
Finding Help for Ativan Addiction
If you or a loved one struggles with Ativan addiction, we are here to help you. Call our toll-free helpline 24 hours a day to speak to an admissions coordinator about treatment options.