Christian Treatment for Ativan Addiction
Ativan is a prescription drug that can cause physical dependency in some people. That means your body becomes physically dependent on the substance, making it difficult to stop using it without serious discomfort and sometimes danger. In some situations, this dependency can become an addiction, plunging the person into a cycle of drug use that seems inescapable.
When faced with a substance abuse disorder or addiction in someone else, many Christians often advise the person to seek comfort and strength in Christ. This is absolutely not bad advice, but it’s also not complete advice. For many people, prayer and faith aren’t the only tools necessary to battle an addiction. If you would go to the hospital – in addition to prayer – when battling heart disease or cancer, why wouldn’t you seek professional assistance when dealing with the chronic disease of addiction?
If you want to find out more about how medical and therapeutic treatment can stand alongside faith to help you battle an Ativan addiction, call us today at (844) 402-3605. We always answer the phone, and our caring counselors keep every call confidential so you don’t have to worry about judgment for seeking answers and help.
What is Ativan?
Ativan is a brand form of the drug lorazepam, which is classed as an anti-anxiety and muscle relaxant medication. Lorazepam is also a form of benzodiazepine, which is the same type of drug as Xanax and Valium.
Ativan is typically used to treat anxiety symptoms or disorders and is taken in either tablet or liquid form. The tablet form, which can be better controlled through prescription dosing, is preferred by many providers and patients.
How does Ativan affect your body and life?
Ativan and other benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants (also called CNS depressants). They work in your body to slow down reactions in the nervous system, which is a good thing if your system is firing too quickly and driving you to anxiety. In some cases, Ativan might also be used to treat seizures or other medical conditions because of the way it acts on the nervous system.
Ativan side effects can include:
- Drowsiness or fatigue
- Dizziness and loss of coordination
- Problems with memory or concentration
- Nausea and vomiting
- Blurred vision
- Changes in appetite
These side effects are experienced by some people who take the medication following physician’s orders, but they can also be signs that someone is taking too much Ativan or seeking an Ativan high.
Can you become dependent on Ativan?
Benzodiazepines like Ativan work in your body to make changes in your nervous system. They can create a physical dependency, and ongoing use of the drug can lead to an addiction that is both physical and psychological.
Whether you started taking Ativan because it was prescribed to you or you are using Ativan as part of more general substance abuse disorder, it can quickly take control of your life.
2 Peter 2:19 says “They promise freedom, but they themselves are slaves to sin and corruption. For you are a slave to whatever controls you.” (New Living Translation) While this verse isn’t specifically about drug use, it does explain what can happen in some cases when you take drugs, including Ativan. You might have been promised freedom from anxiety or worldly troubles, but instead of freedom, you fell into the control of addiction.
What are some signs of Ativan abuse?
In addition to the physical side effects noted above, Ativan abuse often comes with behavioral side effects. If you think you or someone you love is abusing Ativan or addicted to lorazepam, ask yourself these questions. Answering yes to any of them could be an indication of substance abuse.
- Are you or someone you know acting out in irritation and anger more than normal?
- Are you or your loved one sleeping more than normal or experiencing sudden changes in sleep habits?
- Have you or your loved one given up things that used to bring pleasure and interest?
- Are you putting yourself in danger or making risky choices, or do you see someone else doing this when it’s out of character for them?
- Are your inhibitions lowered or do you notice someone else engaging in risqué behavior that isn’t like them?
- Have you or your loved one lied to cover drug use or addiction?
- Have you or your loved one stolen drugs, money or other objects in order to obtain another high?
While the presence of one or more of these behaviors doesn’t always mean substance abuse is present, these are all known signs of Ativan abuse. Even if you aren’t sure your loved one is struggling with an Ativan dependency or you question whether you’re addicted to your prescription, it’s worth a call to find out more.
Call us now at (844) 402-3605 for assistance. Making a call is one way you can reach out for help or to help a loved one.
Proverbs 15:22 gives us this item of wisdom: “Without counsel, plans go awry, but in the multitude of counselors they are established.”
Without professional assistance, getting off of Ativan can seem nearly impossible. It could also be dangerous. Lorazepam withdrawal symptoms can range from minor inconveniences to major discomfort and medical risks. Some possible Ativan withdrawal symptoms include:
- Muscle aches and pains
- Digestive distress
- Loss of appetite and unhealthy weight loss
- Problems sleeping
- Mood swings and irritability
- Tremors and coordination problems
- Memory and concentration issues
- Changes to heart rate and blood pressure
Dealing with Ativan withdrawal symptoms
One of the first steps that can be offered in a professional Christian Ativan treatment facility is medically assisted detox. We can help you deal with withdrawal symptoms by tapering off Ativan use under the care of a physician, by providing proven medications to help you stop using drugs and by treating your withdrawal symptoms through 24-hour care.
Christian counseling to combat Ativan addiction
It’s not enough to get Ativan completely and safely out of your body. You also have to come to terms with the root causes of your addiction or drug use. We help you do this through:
- Group and individual therapy with caring Christian counselors who help you understand addiction cycles and work on identifying the root causes and triggers of your drug use
- Education about healthy coping mechanisms and ongoing recreational and other activities to help you build confidence in new habits and life tools
- Bible study and pastoral counseling so you can integrate your faith more fully into your life to support your relationship with Christ and your sobriety
Creating a drug-free lifestyle and support system
Following Ativan detox and residential treatment, it’s critical that you seek support through appropriate aftercare. Ecclesiastes 4 reminds us that “two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, one will life up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.”
This verse rings incredibly true for anyone who is dealing with chronic addiction. Clearing your body of the drug makes an enormous difference in the present, but in the future you’re likely to face the causes and triggers of drug use again. Whatever those are, it helps to have a support system who can stand alongside you as you face these issues.
Our counselors work with you to develop a strong aftercare plan that includes options such as Christian and pastoral support, individual counseling and participation in NA or other group meetings. Like your inpatient treatment plan, your aftercare plan should be unique to your needs and lifestyle, and we can help you accomplish that.
Don’t hide in the darkness of addiction anymore. Make a call today to start your journey on the Road to Freedom, where Christian counselors and other professionals can help you find light on a regular basis. Call us now at (844) 402-3605.