What is Lorazepam (Ativan)?
Lorazepam is an intermediate-duration benzodiazepine drug. Lorazepam is most commonly prescribed for anxiety, but also to treat other conditions like insomnia or epilepsy.
The most wide-spread lorazepam brand names are Ativan and Almazine. Common slang terms for Ativan include goofballs, heavenly blues, stupefy or benzos.
Lorazepam is not a long-term use medication and should not be used for more than a few weeks. It can lead to physical withdrawal even in patients who follow the doctor’s recommended dosage.
What is Lorazepam (Ativan) prescribed for?
Lorazepam is a tranquilizer, usually prescribed for a range of anxiety disorders. Ativan is the most widely-prescribed lorazepam-based medication. Ativan treats sleep disorders, muscle spasms, anxiety, seizures and it might also aid in managing withdrawal in alcohol detox. Ativan may be combined with other drugs such as cocaine, amphetamines, methadone, alcohol by the abuser.
Lorazepam increases the level of GABA neurotransmitter, leading to low brain activity. This in turn gives feelings of euphoria, satisfaction, reducing stress and inhibitions. Negative signs of lorazepam abuse are: impaired judgement, drowsiness, respiratory depression, memory loss, skin irritation, agitation, depression and mood changes.
Lorazepam (Ativan) / (Almazine) Rehab Treatment
Detoxification from Lorazepam (Ativan)
Physical addiction to lorazepam manifests through several withdrawal symptoms: intense cravings, palpitations, headaches, stomach cramps, fever, seizures, agitation, anxiety, difficulty concentrating or sleeping and mood swings.
At Castle Craig we make sure lorazepam withdrawal effects are gradually managed under medical supervision so that patients are comfortable and safe during lorazepam detox.
Our on-site nursing staff provide 24/7 assistance by regularly monitoring patients’ medical progress, so that their detox dose can be adjusted to comfortably minimise lorazepam withdrawal symptoms.
Our specialised lorazepam (Ativan) / (Almazine) detox programme starts with a thorough mental and psychological evaluation by our Consultant Psychiatrist. Based on this assessment, each patient is prescribed a personalised lorazepam detox regime, which is then carried-out by our nurses and supervised by the Resident Medical Officer.
The safest lorazepam detox method is slowly weaning the drug over time by gradually reducing the medication dose. In order to ease lorazepam withdrawal symptoms, other safe medication may be prescribed.
Each patient has their own personalised treatment plan, tailored to tackle their individual issues. They attend daily personal therapy sessions, as well as a structured combination of specialist group therapy, complementary therapies, 12-step support groups, lectures and shared activities, regular meals and exercise.
Throughout Lorazepam (Ativan) addiction programme, during cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and dual-diagnosis therapy, the patient is helped to identify the psychological and emotional root causes of the Ativan dependency, for a long-lasting recovery.
We care for our patients before, during and after rehab treatment at our rehab clinic. To this purpose, each patient has a personalised two-year aftercare plan which requires them to keep in touch, take advantage of our recovery network and follow the steps they learned during treatment.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | June 14, 2021