Teenage Ativan Abuse
Life as a modern teenager can be incredibly stressful, from extracurricular activities in preparation for college to striving for academic perfection. While some teens handle the pressure through regular social interactions and leisure activities, others have trouble finding a balance. For those truly struggling to handle the expectations of parents, friends, teachers, and coaches, drugs like Ativan can sometimes seem like a compelling way out. Tragically, while this strategy may provide temporary relief, it can also be the start of a dangerous addiction.
Drug use is quite common among teenagers, and that includes the use of prescription substances to cope with life. Due to the nature of a doctor's role in providing medication, many teens believe that prescription drugs, even those obtained illegally, are safe to use as needed, but this couldn't be farther from the truth.
If your teen is abusing Ativan, help is a necessity. Benzodiazepines have severely addictive properties and can cause long-term harm when abused, no matter how benign they may appear. However, your teen doesn't have to suffer this fate. With the help of the Teen Treatment Center, your child can fully recover from Ativan addiction. To speak with an admissions counselor about our services, please call us at (844) 319-5239. We are available to answer your questions 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and 365 days a year.
What Is Ativan?
Ativan, also known by the drug name lorazepam, is in a class known as benzodiazepines, or benzos. These medications are extremely popular in the United States, with millions of prescriptions written every year. Ativan is among the most popular forms, providing relief to those with anxiety disorders, insomnia, seizures, and muscle spasms. Ativan is often legally provided to teens who suffer from:
Benzodiazepines are generally classified as depressants or tranquilizers, relaxing the body's functions and suppressing certain forms of brain activity. Benzos like Ativan work by activating the GABA system in the brain; essentially, these drugs target receptors in the brain that respond to gamma-aminobutyric acid. GABA, a brain chemical that limits nerve activities, can cause sedation, drowsiness, and relaxation. In comparison to other benzos, Ativan is rather long-lasting with effects that can persist for hours.
What Are the Effects of Ativan?
Ativan is extremely effective at reducing anxiety and maintaining a relaxed state. This can be a very important for those who suffer from conditions that can be treated with benzodiazepines, but this function simply offers pleasurable sensations for those who do not.
Despite its utility, Ativan has numerous short and long-term effects. For short-term users, Ativan offers symptoms like:
- A reduced sense of anxiety, tension, and worry
- Increased feelings of euphoria
- Increased sense of well-being
Proper dosage is extremely important, however. When doses are increased past a safe boundary, it can cause confusion, depression, and memory loss. In an effort to strengthen pleasant effects without risking these consequences, many teens mix alcohol and other drugs with benzos. Unfortunately, this is extremely dangerous; mixing alcohol with Ativan greatly increases overdose risk.
While Ativan can prove to be very useful when used as prescribed, long-term use is not encouraged. With years of doses, patients may suffer from more serious versions of the short-term effects, including extreme fatigue and an overall lack of energy. Other effects include cognitive impairment and dementia-like symptoms that may be temporary or permanent.
- Paradoxical reactions
- Respiratory depression
Due to the serious nature of these effects, Ativan overdose is incredibly dangerous. In order to minimize the risks of a potential overdose, teen Ativan abuse should be addressed as soon as possible in a licensed rehabilitation center.
Ease of Access
Ativan is rather easy for teens to acquire, although more challenging than popular drugs like alcohol and marijuana. Due to the frequency of prescriptions, many teens have family members or friends who use Ativan for a legal reason who are willing to sell it on the street.
The growing popularity of online pharmacies also makes it much easier for teens to acquire prescription drugs. Sold from other countries with more relaxed laws, these websites will dispense drugs to virtually anyone who is willing to pay.
Signs of Ativan Use
Despite the risks, Ativan is a highly abused substance, with an estimated 20 million Americans using lorazepam inappropriately at some point in life. Most teens enjoy Ativan for its sedative effects, but it can cause numerous problems when taken without a doctor's supervision.
Some common signs and symptoms of an Ativan addiction include:
- Poor judgment
- Slurred speech
- Changes in their sleep patterns
- Lack of coordination
- Missing prescriptions from the medicine cabinet
- Secretive phone calls or text messages
Teens with drug habits are often willing to go to extreme lengths to procure and use drugs. They may lie, steal, cheat, or turn away from family members, friends, and hobbies. Academic performance may also suffer.
Ativan does not require much in the way of paraphernalia to use properly. In general, teens take pills orally, but may also snort them for a quicker high. Be on the lookout for small white pills that are shaped like an A or have a large A on the front.
Teens who are addicted to Ativan may show withdrawal symptoms when their access to medication is removed, like:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Excessive sweating and shaking
- Sensitivity to noise and light
- Suicidal thoughts
These symptoms are indicative of a serious addiction. If you feel that your teen is addicted to Ativan or is demonstrating signs of withdrawal, please contact Teen Treatment Center as soon as possible for assistance.
Rehabilitation for Ativan Addiction
As a controlled substance, Ativan has a high likelihood of abuse when used regularly or in high doses. If you suspect Ativan abuse or have found evidence of an addiction in your teen, the help you need is here.
Teen Treatment Center is a licensed and accredited facility specializing in adolescents aged 13 to 17. Combined, our medical doctors, psychiatrists, licensed counselors, and nurses have decades of experience with addiction treatment, providing a safe, secure location for your teen to overcome his addiction.
We believe in a personalized approach to care, utilizing a balance between group and individual therapies to help your teen explore the depths of his addiction, discover the root cause of his actions, and learn healthy, well-adjusted coping techniques. We realize that Ativan addiction affects every teenager differently, and we craft our treatments accordingly. Our staff will develop a treatment plan that is tailored to your teen's physical, mental and educational needs, with services like:
- Medically safe drug detox
- Individual therapy
- Group counseling
- Academic support
- Family therapy
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Recreational therapy
No matter what you and your teen need to move forward, Teen Treatment Center can make a difference.
Due to the nature of benzodiazepines, detox is normally recommended for teen substance abusers who have developed an addiction to Ativan. An addiction to benzos is both physical and mental, and the withdrawal process can cause numerous medical consequences if not managed by a professional.
In order to keep your teen as safe as possible, we personally assess each and every new patient at our center to determine the efficacy of detox. Throughout this process, teens will be overseen by doctors, nurses, and support staff who are able to provide assistance as necessary to guarantee a successful departure from the risks of physical addiction. Upon the conclusion of detox, teens will transition into a more comprehensive rehabilitation program, working with counselors, medical staff, and their peers to embrace sobriety.
The teenage years can be extremely trying, with or without drugs. The social pressure, the rocky path to self-discovery, and the looming presence of romantic relationships can be hard to deal with, especially for those who turn to drugs due to these challenges.
At Teen Treatment Center, we believe that a gender-separate facility can make a significant difference for teens in need, providing a safe, secure place to work through problems. This process is designed to foster growth and independent development without the distractions or negative emotions that can arise in a mixed-gender setting, giving your teen the best possible chance at a successful recovery.
Let Us Help Your Family
We understand how difficult it is to watch your child struggle with addiction, but there is hope. With the proper treatment and support, your teen can win their battle and emerge stronger and healthier than ever before. From targeting the source of addiction to providing a medically-supervised environment for detox, we can do it all.
To find out how Teen Treatment Center can help your teen, call us now at (844) 319-5239. All consultations are strictly confidential.
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