The Benefits of Medically Supervised Ativan Detox

Ativan, a benzodiazepine, is a medication given to those suffering from anxiety disorders. Long-term use of benzodiazepines can result in cognitive decline and dependency and requires the assistance of trained professionals accustom to Ativan detox.

In the United States alone, more than 23 million adults are struggling with a substance abuse disorder. And at some point in their lives, over ten percent of American adults, those aged twelve years and older, will struggle with drug abuse. When most people think of drug abuse, they picture dirty needles and rusty spoons, and the darkness of run-down alleyways with the bitter smell of smoke. But unfortunately, even legally prescribed medications can become addictive, leading to health, legal, and financial problems.

Fortunately, there is a treatment for benzodiazepine addiction. Interventions, therapy, and substitution can all aid in the recovery of addiction to benzodiazepines.

Can Ativan cause physical and psychological dependence?

Yes. Abuse of prescription Ativan or long-term use of the drug can cause dependence, physical and psychological. Withdrawal symptoms can appear in three to four days after last use, sometimes sooner.

How painful can Ativan withdrawal be?

Withdrawal from Ativan can be painful and scary. The sudden cessation of benzodiazepines, including Ativan, can cause seizures. Slips and falls are particularly common in older patients. Complications from slips and falls can lead to further health problems, and sometimes, these can be deadly. Also, Ativan withdrawal can result in depression, putting the one in recovery at risk for self-harm and suicide.

Withdrawal symptoms can include the following:

  • Anxiety
  • Muscle aches and pains
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Dizziness and faintness
  • Hallucinations
  • Grand mal seizures
  • Irritability
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Perceptual Distortions
  • Depression

How long do Ativan withdrawal symptoms last?

Ativan withdrawal symptoms present themselves in different stages. The first stage is considered short-lived, lasting from about one to four days after cessation. The half-life of the drug determines how long this stage will last. Usually, those recovering from addiction will experience what is considered rebound anxiety and insomnia.

Ativan is initially prescribed to treat anxiety and insomnia. Once an addiction or dependency has formed and then the drug is suddenly stopped, the original anxiety and insomnia the user was trying to treat will return. This discomfort alone can cause someone to be so averse to stopping the drug that they will hold off receiving treatment.

Once the first stage ends, the second stage consists of the full, unpleasant withdrawal effects of benzodiazepines. This stage can last from ten to fourteen days and includes the previous list of withdrawal symptoms. The abrupt cessation of Ativan can cause serious and possibly deadly withdrawal symptoms—grand mal seizures, hallucinations, and slips and falls.

The third and final stage of addiction withdrawal is the return of the original – anxiety and insomnia. These problems can persist until a new and more effective and less risky form of therapy is introduced into the patient’s treatment regimen.

What medications can help treat Ativan withdrawal symptoms?ativan detox center

Since withdrawal from Ativan can be particularly harsh, those in recovery would be wise to consider a harm-reduction strategy.

The cessation of Ativan often results in the return of the original anxiety and insomnia symptoms. Certain long-acting anxiety medications can be introduced into the treatment regimen to lessen this harm.

Also, grand mal seizures are a risk one takes when quitting Ativan. Grand mal seizures can cause a host of complications and are scary for the sufferer and their loved ones.

In a medical Ativan detox facility, medications can be administered to lessen the discomfort from withdrawal.

How can a medical Ativan detox program help?

A medical Ativan detox center can help soften the blows of withdrawal. Trained staff can oversee a chemical treatment option, including the use of gentler, long-acting anxiety medications.

Certain therapeutic regimens, such as cognitive behavioral therapy and group therapy can help treat an anxiety disorder. Trained therapists and supportive staff are available in a medical Ativan detox center.

Patients can be monitored in a safe environment to prevent slips and falls that are common with Ativan cessation. Grand mal seizures, should they unfortunately occur, can also be adequately treated in a medical Ativan detox facility. Individuals can also be monitored and treated for any resulting depression from Ativan cessation.

The trained professionals at Casa Capri recovery are dedicated to helping those in recovery. Comfort and care are given at the medical detox facility, and medications can be given to stave off some of the discomforts from Ativan detox and withdrawal. Patients are then able to make the transition to an individualized, therapeutic treatment plan.

Recovery is within reach. Please contact Casa Capri today and gain lifelong freedom from Ativan addiction today.

At Casa Capri’s Ativan addiction rehab, we are deeply committed to giving you the therapeutic tools, structured support and unconditional love you’ll need to build a fresh and happy new life in recovery. It begins on your very first day, in our medically supervised Ativan® detox. This cozy, nurturing space feels like a warm hug—a far cry from cold, impersonal hospital detox centers—and you’ll feel safe, supported and cared for during this critical step on your path to wholehearted healing. Give us a call today to learn more about how our innovative programs can help you get your life and your joy back; dial 855-816-8826.

As you transition off addictive chemicals in Casa Capri’s prescription drug detox center, our aim is to keep you feeling as comfortable and supported as possible. Often our staff doctors will prescribe medications to help you find relief from difficult and distressing withdrawal symptoms. Once your physical body is purified, you’ll begin to feel much better and be ready to begin your unique and personalized addiction treatment program.

You are unique! So your road to recovery at Casa Capri Recovery’s accredited rehab for Ativan addiction will be as unique as you are. Whether you’ve struggled with a co-existing condition, multiple addiction types, an eating disorder, trauma, depression, anxiety or a combination of these, we can help you heal it all and learn healthy, new behaviors. We promise to deliver exactly what you need to recover in body, mind, and spirit. It’s our belief that happiness is essential to lasting sobriety and we are committed to helping you rediscover your joy. Our intake team is available to take your call 24 hours a day. It’s time to live a life you love; please call us now at 855-816-8826.


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