Ativan (lorazepam) is prescribed to help relieve anxiety disorders or for the short-term relief of the symptoms of anxiety, or anxiety associated with depressive symptoms. It is prone to abuse, and addiction to Ativan can have many negative effects. In order to encourage an Ativan addict to receive treatment, you may need to have an intervention.
Signs of Ativan Addiction
In addition to craving Ativan, a primary symptom of Ativan addiction is the way a person responds when drug intake stops. Withdrawal effects of Ativan may include:
- Restlessness or irritability
- Personality changes
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Numbness or tingling
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- A rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
- Heart palpitations
- Memory loss
- Panic attacks
Ativan Overdose Symptoms
If someone you know is addicted to Ativan, be on the watch for symptoms of possible overdose. Abusing or overdosing on Ativan presents with symptoms that vary according to amount of use, but they generally include:
- Central nervous system depression
- Mental confusion
- Paradoxical reactions
- Dysarthria (slurred speech)
- Ataxia (lack of coordination of muscle movements)
- Hypotonia (reduced muscle strength)
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
- Cardiovascular depression
- Respiratory depression
- Hypnotic state
Information about Interventions
The primary purpose of a drug intervention is to help a drug addict recognize the extent of their problem. While that may appear to be a relatively simple message to convey, it is more complicated because people who are addicted to drugs usually do not know their addiction is out of control. While it is very obvious for a person who is not addicted to drugs to see how reckless or harmful an addict’s behaviors are, the person in the midst of the addiction does not have an objective perspective. When an addict has a social circle of other drug abusers, they may not see how trapped they are within their own addiction. For many, when they look at other addicts, they believe that their own actions are “not that bad.”
People who participate in an intervention need to understand that you and the addict are approaching the addiction from two very different points of view. Therefore, to be most helpful, the abuser needs to receive objective feedback on their behavior. By presenting this feedback in a non-judgmental, non-critical, systematic way, the individual is able to see their own lifestyle choices more clearly. Participants of an intervention need to clearly explain the impact that the drug addiction has on them in an effort to help the addict see they are hurting those around them.
Anticipate that the individual who is suspected of having a substance abuse problem might try to minimize their use, change the topic, joke about their use, or say, “My substance use is no worse than anyone else’s.” Even if the individual begins to share some life problems that they have been experiencing, know that those problems won’t get better unless the person quits their substance abuse.
The process of conducting a successful drug intervention is difficult, so most addiction counselors suggest getting advice from a trained professional to help determine the proper strategy and timing for your intervention. Drug intervention is the first step. Professional treatment is the second. Both are necessary steps, but with intervention, up to 85% of addicted people seek treatment to become free of their dependencies.
Ativan Intervention Help
Intervention is an effective strategy for many people who are addicted to drugs. However, planning and conducting an intervention is not always easy, and we can help. Please call our toll free number today. We are available 24 hours a day to answer any questions you might have about interventions. Life is too short to be wasted on addiction—call us today.
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