Ativan Withdrawal

Ativan Withdrawal

Ativan or Lorazepam withdrawal should never be done quickly or abruptly, as the FDA warns. However, Alternative to Meds Centers offers an efficient and streamlined withdrawal treatment program that allows a person to bypass the excruciating Ativan withdrawal symptoms.  


Over the last ten years, our medical and clinical team developed a proven program that utilizes the most effective means available to relieve the horrific withdrawal symptoms that typically accompany benzodiazepine tapering.  

Doctors commonly prescribe Ativan and other benzo drugs for patients suffering from anxiety or sleep related disorders. Unfortunately, these substances are highly addictive and can lead to dependence, both psychologically and physically even after taking them for a short time. Professional help is required and recommended when the patient decides to come off the drugs.  

Ativan Withdrawal Symptoms 

  • respiratory complications, trouble breathing
  • insomnia, rebound insomnia
  • spasms of the muscles
  • depression
  • heightened anxiety (can be severe, as in panic attacks)
  • heart complications and more. 

Never Go Off Ativan Cold Turkey

One should never go off Ativan or other benzo drugs cold turkey, meaning all at once. To do so places the person at risk of extreme and even life threatening reactions such as seizures, psychotic episodes, or convulsions that can lead to death. Even after as short a time as two to four weeks, one should not ever stop taking Ativan abruptly. 

Not only can it be life threatening to do so, the person can be thrown into a very long period of rebound anxiety, worsened insomnia, and other severe symptoms that can linger on for years if not properly treated. The most highly recommended method is to taper gradually and safely under careful medical monitoring and guidance. 

Addiction to Ativan - Symptoms 

Since Ativan is now known to be a highly addictive substance, the symptoms of addiction should be known. They include: 

  • loss of appetite
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • hallucinations
  • confusion, loss of short term memory
  • dizziness
  • sweating
  • pronounced withdrawal symptoms after skipping a dose

Helping the Body to Heal After Addiction

Addiction throws the body chemistry out of normal function and balance. A drug disrupts normal neurochemistry.  Simply stopping the drug may not be enough to allow the body to reset back to normal. A relapse could be called a desperate attempt to do so. This repeating scenario could be called active addiction, and the difficulty to reset neurochemistry back to normal is what could be called withdrawal from a drug. 

It can be said that withdrawal from any addictive drug is what out-of-whack neurochemistry of the body looks and feels like. In fact, from a chemistry point of view, much of what is seen as withdrawal symptoms and drug cravings are the body's failed attempts to rebalance or normalize its chemistry. 

There are few things that feel worse or more debilitating than a body with dysfunctional neurochemistry. But there are things that can be done to help the body heal and successfully reset back to normal.  Getting rid of neurotoxic elements in the body is a tremendously effective strategy to accomplish healing after addiction. 

Why Purge Accumulated Toxins Before Ativan Withdrawal Treatment

An uncompromised central nervous system can create and distribute essential neurochemicals, such as serotonin and dopamine. However, the CNS may have become damaged over a lifetime of accumulated toxins. We call this toxic overload. When toxins are present in the body, the CNS can no longer function as it should.  

Some examples of toxins that build up in the body include: 

  • heavy metals
  • pesticides
  • food additives
  • food preservatives
  • toxic exposure to harsh chemicals found in cleaning supplies and industrial environments
  • toxic exposure to chemical laden water, air, even clothing

Even after this chemical exposure, adding drugs such as Ativan to the mix finds the person in an increasingly compromised state. To simply stop the drug without preparing and repairing the toxic overload first, is setting the person up for failure. 

Symptoms of Toxic Overload 

Heavy metals become trapped in the body and as a result, reduce absorption capability of the cell walls, and disable the receptors responsible for sending and responding to messages. An example of what this might result in is lingering anxiety, where no cause for anxiety in the real world can be found. Compare this to turning on a light switch that can't be turned off. Or, turning off a light switch that can't be turned back on. Or, a light switch that flicks back and forth randomly, like an out-of-control strobe light. Getting rid of heavy metals accelerates healing of damaged receptors and, as a result, opens the channels that regulate proper cell and nerve synapse function. The switches can begin to turn on when needed and can turn off when not needed and the body can return to normal efficient function. 

Nutritional support also accelerates the repair of these damaged receptors. Other helpful therapies are also employed to support this needed healing, such as massage, sauna, counseling, mineral baths, and many others. An efficiently functioning body, in other words, a healthy functioning neurochemistry system, feels wonderful. Joy is joy. Fear is fear. Serenity is serenity. Emotions which provide the currency of enjoying and responding to life and all its challenges become useful once again and can serve to enrich, rather than destroy, our quality of life.

Find the Best Help for Ativan Withdrawal

At the Alternative to Meds Center, our goal is to provide the tools, strategies, in an ideal environment for removal of barriers to healing, in order to support stopping Ativan safely and comfortably. Then a person can return to healthy and robust life after Ativan addiction and dependence.  

Call our friendly and informed admissions department to find out how you can enroll at the Alternative to Meds Center. Begin your successful healing journey back to life, and far from the tortures of Ativan withdrawal symptoms.   


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