Lorazepam is a prescription benzodiazepine that enhances the effects of the natural chemicals in the brain. It stimulates gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) to produce the following effects:
- Relieving severe anxiety or panic attacks
- Relaxing muscles
- Treating seizures
- Producing relaxation or sleepiness
The following side effects are possible with lorazepam use:
- Loss of balance
- Short-term memory loss
These symptoms can be serious and even life-threatening. It is important for patients to share any history of substance abuse with their doctors before accepting a prescription for lorazepam. Furthermore, when they receive their prescription, they should follow dosage instructions carefully.
How Lorazepam Causes Addiction
Lorazepam slows neurological activity in the brain to calm users and produce a high when first taken. As lorazepam enhances the effects of “feel-good” chemicals, the brain then stops producing its own supply of these chemicals, and also builds a tolerance to the drug. This means that the user will need larger and more frequent doses to feel calming effects.
Because lorazepam treats psychological disorders related to anxiety, these symptoms may return even stronger when patients stop taking the drug. Users may fear withdrawals and seek illegal supplies when their prescription runs out just to avoid these problematic symptoms. Some of the symptoms of lorazepam withdrawal include the following issues:
- Severe panic attacks and anxiety
- Use of other drugs or alcohol to treat symptoms
- Aching and pain in muscles, bones and joints
- Flu-like symptoms
- Suicidal thoughts or actions
Because of the severity of lorazepam withdrawal, addicts should not quit cold turkey or on their own. The staff in a medically supervised detox monitoring their patients as the chemical gradually leaves a user’s system. Alternate medications can often relieve many withdrawal symptoms as well.
Long-term Recovery from Lorazepam Addiction
Most lorazepam addicts who get off of the drug will eventually return to it. To establish lasting recovery they will likely require professional rehab from experts who specialize in benzodiazepine addiction treatment. Effective programs treat all aspects of addiction, including the underlying psychological disorder that led to drug abuse in the first place. Through a combination of medical treatment, counseling, education and other techniques these programs help addicts reclaim the physical and emotional health they may not have experienced for years.
Lorazepam Addiction Help
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