What is Lorazepam Addiction?
Lorazepam, also known as Ativan, is a benzodiazepine drug usually prescribed for anxiety, insomnia, and seizures. Dentists also use it as a sedative. Lorazepam is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs due to its widespread use and availability.
Taking Lorazepam reduces inhibitions and relaxes the body the same way alcohol does. In fact, some users (including teenagers) take Lorazepam and alcohol together. It magnifies the sedative effect and gives a strong feeling of euphoria. However, this pairing can cause health complications and increases the potential for addiction.
Lorazepam also causes drowsiness and affects a person’s ability to perform everyday tasks, much like codeine. People under the influence of Lorazepam should avoid driving.
Long-term effects include personality disorders, psychosis, kidney problems, and skin disorders.
Even people with a properly issued prescription are at high risk of Lorazepam addiction. The body develops a tolerance for Lorazepam the more you take it. This lessens the drug’s euphoric effects and prompts the user to take progressively larger and more frequent doses. Some users won’t even realize that they’re addicted at all, especially if they’re still under a prescription. Teenagers who abuse the drug often steal their parents’ prescriptions to either consume or sell.