Lorazepam, the generic drug found in products such as Ativan, is a psychotropic depressant that sedates the central nervous system to help with anxiety and seizures. Patients with a pre-existing tendency toward addiction or who struggle with significant personality disorders are the most likely to become addicted, especially if they take more than the recommended dose.
If anyone who abuses Lorazepam believes there won’t be significant damage to one’s health, mind or loved ones, think again. The effects of Lorazepam are devastating and pervasive, so it’s important to know the facts and take action immediately.
Lorazepam Withdrawal Symptoms
Withdrawal symptoms reinforce the Lorazepam addiction and can include the following:
- Mild depression
- Nausea and vomiting
Once the body becomes accustomed to lorazepam, quitting is no longer something that be pursued alone. Not only is it difficult to kick on your own, but it’s not safe to detox without enlisting professional help.
What to Know About Lorazepam
Due to the body’s eventual tolerance for lorazepam, users must take higher and higher doses to achieve the following effects:
- Possible hallucination
By increasing your dosage without consulting a physician, overdose becomes more likely.
- Hypotension (blood pressure below a healthy level)
- Hypnotic status
Even if someone survives an overdose and endures detox, the long-term effects can still be damaging.
Long-Term Effects of Lorazepam Abuse
Whether by a one-time overdose or a prolonged period of abuse, lorazepam can permanently damage a patient’s body and mind.
- Mental impairment
- Severe amnesia
- Liver damage
Not only does the body suffer, but the person struggling with addiction’s way of life suffers as well. Abusing lorazepam can drive away loved ones and present or future employers because of the following effects:
- The addict may begin to act self-important
- He may forget his friends and acquaintances due to the amnesiac effects of the drug
- He will seem restless and unsatisfied when not under the influence of lorazepam
The seemingly desirable effects of recreational Lorazepam abuse are not worth the risk.
Help For Those Struggling With Lorazepam Addiction
Our toll-free helpline, 706-914-2327, is available 24 hours a day and can help you escape the devastation of lorazepam abuse. Call us today to find caring, professional recovery help for yourself or your loved one. Let us lead you toward recovery and a reclaimed life.
By Christa Banister, Contributing Writer