Lorazepam is a benzodiazepine, a medication that slows brain function until the user feels relaxed and potentially experiences euphoric feelings. Lorazepam is taken orally in either tablet or liquid form and is commonly used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms and insomnia. Lorazepam is considered a Schedule IV controlled substance in the U.S. because of its addictive properties.
Just two weeks of regular use is enough to become dependent on lorazepam and begin experiencing tolerance. Tolerance is when your body adjusts to the chemicals it receives, and a person experiencing tolerance will need larger doses of lorazepam to get the same effect as they once did with smaller doses. At this point many people simply take a few more pills to continue receiving the desired results. Taking extra lorazepam once or twice can slowly turn into a habit and eventually cause addiction. Taking lorazepam too often or for too long can easily lead to tolerance, dependence and addiction.
Signs of Lorazepam Addiction
Doctor shopping involves going from one doctor to another to get multiple prescriptions for lorazepam. Taking more lorazepam than any one doctor is willing to prescribe is illegal and is a sign of lorazepam addiction. Other signs include the following:
- Hoarding or keeping stashes of lorazepam
- Buying lorazepam online
- Defensiveness about lorazepam use
- Needing lorazepam to feel “normal”
- Lorazepam tolerance
- Experiencing lorazepam withdrawal symptoms
- Continuing lorazepam use despite negative consequences
- Mixing drugs or alcohol with lorazepam to enhance the effects of the drug
What to Do If You Have Been Abusing Lorazepam
Don’t suddenly stop taking lorazepam, if you are abusing this medication. Withdrawal symptoms can be uncomfortable, disruptive and even dangerous without medical supervision. Talk to your doctor or an addiction recovery specialist before making any drastic changes. Medical professionals can help you safely, healthily and comfortably detox, and rehab programs can help make sure you stay clean.
Stop Taking Lorazepam Today
If you or someone you know needs help end lorazepam use, please call our toll-free helpline. We are available 24 hours a day and can provide information on safe dosage, insurance coverage for addiction treatment, recovery options and more. Please call today.