Treatment & Rehab for Ativan Addiction

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If you have developed an addiction to Ativan, you will almost certainly require professional help to get your life back under control.

Treatment for Ativan addiction is typically a two-pronged approach, with the physical addiction treated with detox and the psychological addiction treated with rehab. Rehab programmes can be inpatient- or outpatient-based and your choice will depend on your own needs and circumstances.

Despite its usefulness as a treatment for certain medical conditions, Ativan is a highly addictive drug abused by both prescription and recreational users alike. It is also a tough drug to kick if you are addicted. The best way to deal with an Ativan addiction is through professional rehab treatment.

An Ativan addiction is not something to be taken lightly. Like all addictions, an addiction to Ativan slowly but gradually ruins everything. From troubled finances to broken relationships and potentially permanent side effects, long-term use of this drug almost always results in negative consequences. It can even kill you.

If you are misusing or abusing Ativan, whether you started using by way of a legitimate prescription or not, help is available. Addiction treatment and rehab furnished by trained professionals is your best hope for overcoming the addiction. The sooner you reach out for the help, the sooner your treatment can begin.

Importance of Ativan Addiction Treatment

Ativan is a benzodiazepine sometimes used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, and insomnia. It is used recreationally by drug abusers, as well. The mechanism behind how this drug works underscores the importance of Ativan addiction treatment.

The drug offers a calming effect by influencing how certain brain chemicals known as neurotransmitters pass messages to various brain cells. This effect relaxes the muscles, calms the mind, and offers general feelings of euphoria. Herein lies the problem with this drug.

By increasing the amount of the GABA neurotransmitter in the brain, Ativan reduces brain activity. In cases of addiction, those using the drug have reached a point where their body is depending on Ativan for daily function. A return to normal function is not possible without stopping the drug. But stopping is easier to talk about than actually do.

Ativan addiction treatment is so important because it represents the best hope addicts have of stopping. Addiction is, by its very nature, a condition in which a person can no longer control him or herself. Professional treatment helps a person take back control, thereby promoting abstinence.
Failing to get treatment results in the drug taking over increasingly more control of a person’s life. Some Ativan addicts end up with permanent physical or psychological problems as a result of long-term Ativan use.

Treatment Philosophy and Benefits

The philosophy behind Ativan treatment combines both detox and rehab in a long-term, holistic approach. Modern treatments seek to facilitate withdrawal gradually rather than expecting patients to quit cold turkey. Through gradual detox, a patient’s body learns to depend less and less on Ativan as the amount being used is incrementally reduced.

Due to the potentially serious and very uncomfortable side effects of Ativan withdrawal, modern treatment is also medically supervised around-the-clock. Doctors and nurses are always on hand to monitor patient progress and respond should a medical emergency arise. Constant medical monitoring is one of the most important benefits of professional treatment.

In terms of rehab therapy, the underlying philosophy with Ativan is similar to other addictive substances. Patients learn the mechanics of addiction, how their addictive behaviours are triggered, and how to avoid returning to drug use following rehab. The entire process can take anywhere from 4 to 12 weeks, depending on the severity of a person’s problem.

The benefits of professional Ativan treatment should be self-evident. Professional treatment addresses both the physical and psychological aspects of addiction in a safe and supportive environment. It looks to establish permanent abstinence rather than merely treating symptoms. Upon completion of rehab, patients are prepared to return to their normal lives equipped with the tools they need to prevent relapse.

Getting Ativan Addiction Treatment

Availing yourself of Ativan treatment begins by reaching out to someone who can help you. It has been said that the most difficult aspect of addiction recovery is admitting to having a problem. Hopefully you have already come to that place. If so, the next step is to talk with your GP or one of our counsellors to learn more about treatment.

Contacting your GP may result in a recommendation to seek out treatment at an outpatient clinic. This is fine in and of itself, but you can also contact us as well.

When you do, we will walk you through each of the available treatment options. We will explain the difference between inpatient and outpatient care, detox and rehab programmes vs detox only, and everything else you need to know about getting treatment. You will ultimately choose what treatment is best for you.

Note that you must ultimately make the choice to be treated. No one can make that choice for you. Should you decide to undergo detox and rehab, they will mark the beginning of a long journey to addiction recovery. It will not be easy, but you can overcome Ativan addiction with professional treatment and the right kind of support.

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Ativan Addiction Treatment Modalities

Treatment modalities for Ativan addiction are well-established in the UK. A comprehensive treatment regimen begins with detox, follows up with rehab, and provides long-term support by way of aftercare services. The kinds of treatments utilised depend on the rehab facility chosen and the general physical and psychological health of the patient.

Detox is medically supervised and gradual. Prescription medications are used to accomplish gradual withdrawal and simultaneously ease withdrawal symptoms. Full detox takes between 10 and 15 days in most cases. Medication may be continued for a time after detox, in order to control drug cravings.

In terms of rehab treatments, they range from individual counselling to group support and life skills development. Treatments are provided by trained therapists who specialise in drug addiction recovery. Following rehab, aftercare services pick up to continue offering counselling, group support, and 12-step work.

Risks of Treatment

Yes, there are risks that come with Ativan treatment. But there are more serious risks related to not seeking treatment. A thorough analysis of all the risks still points to professional treatment as being the better choice.

The biggest risk of treatment related to Ativan is the potential for something known as ‘benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome’. This syndrome is an exacerbation of normal withdrawal symptoms clinicians would expect during detox. Those symptoms include irritability, anxiety, tremors, muscle pain and stiffness, confusion, changes in blood pressure and heart rate, palpitations, and more.

Should a patient develop benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome during detox, all the above symptoms will be exaggerated. In addition, patients may experience episodes of psychosis, hallucinations, and seizures. This is why benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome is considered potentially life-threatening.

The threat of developing the syndrome is more likely when withdrawal is sudden. As such, rehab clinics prefer a gradual withdrawal approach. This is not to say that protracted withdrawal symptoms and benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome are not possible with gradual withdrawal – they are – but rather, to say they are less likely.

Effective Treatment for Ativan Addiction

Suddenly stopping or greatly reducing Ativan use can be dangerous. As such, professional treatment should be sought if you are abusing or misusing this drug. Professionals know how to bring addicts through the withdrawal process as safely as possible so that they can move forward into rehab.

The most effective treatment for Ativan begins with detox. Detox is necessary in order to rid the body of the drug so as to allow the brain to return to normal. Without detox, it is nearly impossible to stop taking Ativan. Again, be reminded that Ativan detox is medically supervised and assisted in the average UK rehab clinic.

Effective treatment does not end with detox; it transitions to several weeks of rehab therapies following the completion of detox. While some people attempt to stop using Ativan through detox alone, this rarely works. Ativan has such a profound impact on the mind that most patients require a range of rehab treatments in order to fully recover.

The most effective treatments for Ativan addiction are those that help the patient understand the mechanism of addiction. They are treatments that teach patients coping skills and other strategies for maintaining long-term abstinence. When fully embraced by the patient, professional detox and rehab set a person up for a lifetime of drug-free living.

The effectiveness of any treatment you select will ultimately lie in your willingness to put forth maximum effort. Just like no one can make the decision to be treated for you, no one can do the hard work of treatment on your behalf. You must put in the effort yourself – with the help of therapists, of course.

Inpatient Ativan Treatment

There are two main categories of Ativan treatment, beginning with inpatient treatment. As the name suggests, addicts who choose this treatment are choosing to live at a residential treatment facility for the duration of detox and rehab. An inpatient setting provides everything the addict needs: medical supervision, physical and psychological therapies, room and board, meals, and recreational activities.

The strength of inpatient treatment is its ability to separate the addict from his or her present life. Such separation removes distractions and encourages the patient to focus fully on recovery. Meanwhile, patients live among one another so as to glean the benefits of mutual support and accountability.

Some inpatient rehab clinics are located in rural areas that afford patients plenty of open space and little to no urban distractions. Other clinics are located in urban centres, which are more convenient for patients and their families. There is no right or wrong choice in this regard.

There are cases in which urban facilities house treatments and accommodations in separate locations, with transport between the two. Such arrangements do not reduce the value of inpatient care. If you believe this sort of rehab clinic isn’t right for you, there are plenty of others that maintain all of their facilities at a single site.

Whether you were to choose a rural or urban rehab clinic, you would still have access to the same professional treatment and medically supervised care. Throughout your stay, you would be working with your doctors, nurses, and therapists to get well. You would be helping others travelling the same journey at the same time.

In terms of accommodations, drug treatment centres vary. Entry-level facilities provide shared accommodations along with common spaces and basic amenities. The next level up offers private or semi-private accommodations, followed by clinics offering exclusively private accommodations. Finally, there are luxury rehab clinics that offer private accommodations and a host of amenities that increase the cost of rehab.

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Outpatient Ativan treatment

The second category of Ativan treatment is outpatient treatment. As its name suggests, this treatment option allows patients to continue living at home while they are being treated. Treatments are conducted in a central location, like a hospital or clinic for example, to which patients travel every day. They return home at the end of each day’s treatment.

The advantage of outpatient treatment is being able to remain at home in comfortable surroundings. But this is also the primary disadvantage. By remaining at home, the patient is continuing to live in the same atmosphere that has enabled his or her addiction. It may be an atmosphere that encourages ongoing drug use despite the fact that the patient is in rehab.

Something else to consider is the fact that outpatient treatment often requires patients to seek additional services on their own. We are talking about things like group support and 12-step work here. Where those things are provided as a normal part of treatment at an inpatient facility, addicts seeking outpatient treatment must search out these extra services by themselves.

Next, note that routine medical care is as important to outpatient treatment as it is its inpatient cousin. Even in an outpatient setting, patients are gradually withdrawn from Ativan under the supervision of a doctor or registered nurse. Prescription medications are used in the same way as well. Should a medical emergency arise after treatment hours though, the patient is responsible for seeking care.

Ativan Rehab

It is best for Ativan addicts to follow-up detox with rehab. Otherwise, the psychological effects experienced while on the drug will not be properly addressed. This only increases the likelihood that an individual will relapse within the first year, establishing the need to go through detox again.

The rehab process is built around the philosophy that recovering addicts need to fully understand why they do what they do and how they can avoid repeating the sorts of decisions and actions that originally led to drug misuse. As such, therapists design treatments to be both interactive and educational. Here are just a few examples:

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

This is a counselling therapy based on setting and achieving specific goals. Within 12 to 15 CBT sessions, patients walk away with a better understanding of their own addictive tendencies. They also walk away with strategies for changing unhelpful thoughts and actions.

12-Step work

Many rehab clinics employ some version of the traditional 12-step programme. In so doing, they are taking advantage of a treatment philosophy that has been successfully employed for more than 80 years. You are likely to experience some form of 12-step work both during treatment and aftercare services.

Mindfulness therapy

The philosophy of mindfulness is to teach patients to relax and think in the moment. This particular therapy is especially effective for benzodiazepine treatments due to the ability of the drug to induce relaxation.

There are other treatment options, including one that will be addressed later in this guide: dialectical behavioural therapy. The most important thing to understand here is that there isn’t just one way to treat Ativan addiction. Therapies are chosen based on the patient’s condition, history, etc. What may work very well for you may be completely inappropriate for another patient.

A big advantage of inpatient treatment is that very few private clinics practice a one-size-fits-all approach to recovery. Treatments are individualised based on physical and psychological screenings conducted at the time a person enters rehab. Each individualised rehab plan can be modified along the way as necessary.

Choosing the Best Inpatient Ativan Rehab

So, how do you choose the best inpatient Ativan rehab? By gathering all the available information, getting advice from an organisation like UKAT, and then sitting down and talking things over with family members and friends.

It is important to note that there is no perfect Ativan rehab programme or clinic. If you were given five clinics to choose from, you would soon realise that each one has both pros and cons. The goal is to find the best rehab clinic for you based on your needs and circumstances. That is where we come in.

Part of our mission is to assist addicts and their families as they seek effective drug or alcohol treatment. Our counsellors work with patients to assess the extent of their problems before recommending a group of clinics. Next, counsellors walk patients through each of the treatment options answering questions, offering advice, and even explaining how to access treatment of a given clinic.

Are you looking for Ativan rehab for yourself or a loved one? If so, the first step in finding the best inpatient programme is gathering information. We have all the information you need in one place. Contacting us means not having to spend weeks researching treatment options yourself.

With information in hand, you can then sit down with those who are most important to you to talk things over. If you are ready to get treatment now, we can help facilitate enrolment in one of our inpatient clinics. Don’t be afraid to ask questions about accommodations, treatment length, facility location, cost, etc. We want you to be fully informed before you make a decision.

Residential Treatment Centres vs Outpatient Services

As previously mentioned, an inpatient treatment facility is a residential facility. Choosing treatment at one of these facilities would mean residing there for the duration. Outpatient services are just the opposite. You continue living at home while seeking treatment at a centralised location in your area.

We recommend residential treatment wherever possible. A residential setting and the distraction-free environment it provides lends itself well to very good results. Outpatient treatment, while effective for some people, can be more difficult for patients who struggle to live in the same kind of environment. Please take that into consideration when choosing a rehab clinic for yourself or a loved one.

Private Ativan Rehabs and Confidentiality

Please note that residential rehab clinics are private clinics. This means patients can expect both privacy and confidentiality throughout. Doctors, nurses, therapists, and support staff all practice the utmost discretion with the goal of protecting patient privacy.

Should you choose to enrol in a private rehab programme, no one else needs to know about your decision. Clinic officials will not publicly disclose your enrolment or your treatment programme. And because your treatments are confined to the inpatient facility, there is no interaction with outside clinicians or patients either.

How Long Does Inpatient Ativan Rehabilitation Take?

The average patient spends between 4 and 12 weeks in residential rehab. This is not set in stone, as some patients can recover more quickly while others require a bit more time. Your individual needs and progress will ultimately determine how long your rehab treatment takes.

Note that aftercare services will follow your residential treatment. Aftercare is discussed later in this guide but understand that it could go anywhere from 3 to 12 months depending on your needs. Aftercare is offered on an outpatient basis.

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What Happens During Treatment?

During treatment, you can expect to receive top-class physical and psychological care. Doctors and nurses provide the physical treatments you need during detox and in the weeks following. Therapists and counsellors address your psychological needs through a variety of therapies.

You can expect the first phase of your treatment to be the detox phase. During detox you will be in a separate environment that has been designed to maximise your access to quality medical care. Your physical health will be monitored throughout the detox period by trained clinicians with experience in benzodiazepine withdrawal.

Upon completion of detox, you will be ready to enter your rehab programme. This is where your therapists and counsellors take over. Medical care is still available during rehab, but the majority of your therapy will be based on treating the psychological aspects of addiction. Near the end of rehab, you will begin educational training to prepare you to return to normal life.

Paying for Ativan Addiction Treatment

If you were to seek outpatient services provided by the NHS, there would be no out-of-pocket cost to you. There is a cost associated with inpatient rehab at a private facility, though. Please check your private health insurance (if you have it) to see if drug addiction recovery is included. Most private health insurance plans cover at least a portion of recovery treatment. Others cover all of it.

Residential rehab clinics also accept cash payments. Payments can be made by credit or debit card as well. Regardless of the clinic you choose, we can help you understand the costs of treatment in relation to your budget. We urge you not to be dissuaded from seeking treatment out of fear that you cannot pay for it. Where there is a will, there is also a way.

Treatment Near Home vs. Different County or City

You might have questions about seeking treatment close to home as opposed to travelling to a different city or country. Don’t worry, we get these kinds of questions all the time.

Seeking treatment close to home affords a few advantages, including being close enough for your family members to visit. This is important to a lot of addicts and their loved ones. If it is important to you, we can help you locate a treatment centre as close to your home as possible.

For other addicts, remaining close to home makes stopping more difficult. Some people just want a clean break from the life they are currently living to the extent that they want to travel to a different city or, in some cases, a different country. Furthermore, there are still others who choose to go overseas in an attempt to maintain anonymity. Again, we can help.

We have access to treatment centres across the UK and many other parts of the world. Please be sure to let us know what you are thinking in terms of location.

Ativan Therapy Options

We are happy to say that there are multiple therapy options for Ativan addiction. As previously mentioned, there are both inpatient and outpatient options to start with. But even within those two main categories there are numerous options. We can help you discover which option would be best for you.

Ativan withdrawal and detox are almost always medically assisted in the modern era. But once detox is completed, the therapies you undergo will be customised to your unique needs. You may do very well with a 4-to-6-week therapy programme involving individual counselling and group support. On the other hand, you may need treatment for a dual diagnosis condition.

In a dual diagnosis setting, patients suffer from co-occurring conditions. For example, you may be suffering from both Ativan addiction and clinical anxiety. Both these conditions could be treated simultaneously by way of a dual diagnosis treatment plan for specialist treatment centre.

We offer options because there is no single Ativan treatment that works for everyone. We are more than happy to discuss those options with you when you contact us.

Is There Medication-Assisted Therapy for Ativan?

If you are worried about having to undergo treatment without the assistance of medication, you can put those worries to rest. Yes, there are numerous medication-assisted therapies recommended to Ativan addicts.

The purpose behind using medication to assist is to reduce the risks of withdrawal and make the process more comfortable than it otherwise would be. But even after withdrawal, medications may be used to reduce cravings. Wherever doctors believe medications are appropriate, they can be prescribed for Ativan treatment.

Individual and Group Therapy for Ativan Addiction Treatment

A big part of Ativan addiction treatment is counselling. Counselling therapies are offered both one-on-one and in a group setting. Both settings have distinct advantages.

Individual treatments are between patient and therapist. Depending on the treatment chosen, the therapist leads the patient through a learning process of understanding addiction and how to address it. Individual treatments can be confined to a single counselling therapy or embrace numerous therapies.

Group treatments occur by bringing a number of patients together to work with the same therapist. The size of such groups depends on the individual needs of each patient at a given facility. Above and beyond group therapy sessions are group support meetings where patients are encouraged to gather together for a time of sharing, support, and accountability.

Your treatment at a private rehab centre is likely to include both individual and group therapy. You may need to continue with both kinds of treatment during your aftercare period.

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Dialectical Behavioural Therapy for Ativan Addiction

Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) is a form of CBT originally developed to help patients suffering from certain psychological disorders. Both DBT and CBT focus on helping the patient change unhelpful ways of thinking and behaving. However, DBT goes one step further by addressing some of the intense emotions some recovering Ativan addicts face.

The main difference between DBT and CBT is DBT’s emphasis on helping patients accept who they are in addition to changing ways of thinking and doing things. It is more relationship focused than CBT, as well. A stronger relationship between therapist and patient is utilised as motivation to make the necessary changes.

Due to the effects that Ativan have on the brain, some patients respond better to DBT. Completing treatment better equips them to face stressful situations in the future without going back to drugs. Patients are better equipped to handle the raw emotions and thoughts.

What to Expect from Ativan Treatment & Rehab

You have a right to know what you can expect from Ativan treatment and rehab. First and foremost, expect professionalism. Everyone you encounter along the rehab journey will be a trained and certified professional with experience in drug addiction treatment.

Note that you can expect comprehensive medical care throughout your treatment. In the modern era, we recognise addiction as a disease requiring medical assistance. As such, your doctors and nurses will attend to your physical health from the start of detox until the completion of rehab.

Next, you can expect compassionate support staff who are committed to your success. Support staff work with therapists, doctors, and nurses to ensure you are comfortable. The entire rehab clinic staff will work together to help you along the journey of recovery.

 What Happens after Treatment?

After treatment comes the inevitable task of reintegrating into the community. But don’t worry, you won’t have to do it alone. Private, residential rehab includes aftercare services in the months and weeks following treatment. Aftercare picks up where rehab leads off, providing services that include counselling and group support.

It is important for you to take advantage of all the aftercare services made available to you. They are key to helping you avoid relapse within the first year. Note that the first year is critical. Patients who can remain abstinent for at least one full year are more likely to maintain permanent abstinence.

Plan right now to get involved with a local support group once treatment is concluded. Support groups are an invaluable resource that offers recovering addicts friendship, fellowship, support, and accountability. You may even decide to stick with your local support group after you have completed aftercare, just so you can give back to others in need.

What Are the Aftercare Options?

Aftercare options will vary according to where a patient lives. In most cases though, aftercare services include individual counselling, group counselling, support group participation, 12-step work, and ongoing medical care. The options you choose will be based on the kinds of treatments you received during rehab. Furthermore, your therapists can recommend the right aftercare services before you leave treatment.

Be sure to get involved with a local support group following treatment. More than one recovering addict has testified of the healing environment of support group meetings.

Relapse Prevention

It is important for you to understand that the whole point of aftercare is to prevent relapse. Do not make the mistake of thinking that once rehab is finished you are completely cured. Detox and rehab make up the lion’s share of what will be necessary for you to permanently abstain, but you are going to encounter situations after treatment that entice you to return to drug use.

Aftercare is designed to provide the necessary support so that you do not go back to Ativan. It is all about relapse prevention. So please take full advantage of all the help offered you during aftercare.

Treating Ativan Abuse at Home

While it is possible to treat Ativan abuse at home, it is not recommended. Here’s why: successful treatment requires detox which, as you already know, can be dangerous. Treating your problem at home only increases the risk of potentially serious consequences.

If you absolutely believe you need to treat yourself at home, be sure to reduce the amount of the drug you use gradually. A gradual reduction is the safest way to wean yourself from Ativan with minimal risks of serious side effects. Also note that you will still go through withdrawal and its related symptoms. Keep in mind that withdrawal is likely to have you craving Ativan. You must fight those cravings if your self-treatment is going to work.

Assuming you understand the risks of treating Ativan abuse at home, we want to offer you an opportunity to at least learn about professional treatment. Having all the information at your fingertips will help you make a wise decision.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know if I’m addicted to Ativan?

Ativan abuse results in very specific symptoms that are easily recognised by clinicians. You can look up the symptoms online. If you exhibit the systems and you simultaneously find that you cannot control your Ativan use, you are addicted. Addiction is essentially the inability to stop taking the drug no matter how much you want to.

Can Ativan cause addiction?

Absolutely. Like all benzodiazepines, Ativan is a highly addictive drug that anyone can get hooked on. Statistics show that upwards of 40% of people who use Ativan for more than six weeks will eventually develop addiction.

How can I stop Ativan addiction?

The only way to stop Ativan addiction is to stop using the drug. As you understand from this guide, the best way to stop using the drug is through professional treatment rooted in gradual withdrawal.

How do I treat Ativan addiction?

Ativan addiction is best treated by professionals in either an outpatient or inpatient setting. Through a combination of gradual detox and effective psychotherapeutic treatments, it is possible to beat the addiction.

Can Ativan rehab be done at home?

It is possible to undergo Ativan rehab at home. However, it is not advised. There are too many risks involved. Rather, it is better to seek out professional treatment by way of an outpatient clinic or a private, residential rehab facility. Private treatment is safer, more effective, and medically assisted.

Can I get Ativan rehab on NHS?

According to NHS Choices, it is possible to get Ativan rehab through the health service and one of its trusts. The NHS recommends seeing a GP to get things started. The GP may treat you at his or her practice or refer you to a local outpatient clinic.

What can I expect after Ativan rehab?

Following the completion of rehab, you can expect to experience stressful situations that encourage you to go back to using the drug. You can also expect a range of aftercare services designed to help you deal with these situations. By taking advantage of ongoing counselling, group support and other therapies, you can meet stressful situations head-on and beat them.

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