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How to Quit Taking Ativan

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Last Updated on July 19, 2021 by Carol Gillette

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Many people who end up taking Ativan wonder how to quit taking Ativan. Whether Ativan is given as a long- or short-term solution, it is very addictive.

Why Ativan Is Prescribed

Original reasons why Ativan and other benzodiazepines are prescribed by psychiatrists and physicians include anxiety, panic, insomnia, muscle-relaxation and anti-convulsion. This and other benzodiazepines often lead to constant dosage increases to over-ride the tolerance that is created and serious withdrawal symptoms if the dosage is decreased or discontinued.

Seek Professional Medical Guidance

difficult self-withdrawalTo quit taking Ativan, professional medical guidance is highly recommended due to the possibly severe consequences that an unsupervised Ativan withdrawal can present. Withdrawal from Ativan includes symptoms that are physical, emotional and psychological. Serious physical symptoms alone, including the possibility of seizures, make this a challenging withdrawal. The psychological and emotional effects make it almost impossible to manage the process of getting off this medication without help. The difficulty of self-withdrawal also often results in taking the medication again to relieve the uncomfortable symptoms one is experiencing. This can instill a sense of failure and fear of getting off Ativan due to the often horrifying experience faced with at-home withdrawals.

Guided Withdrawal at Alternative to Meds Center

Alternative to Meds Center knows how to address all aspects of withdrawal. For a successful, comfortable, and simple process of quitting Ativan at Alternative to Meds Center, each person we help receives a treatment protocol that is specifically tailored to their needs based on lab testing, physical and psychological assessments, and other observations. Case management ensures that if changes are needed, they are appropriately implemented. Throughout the entire program of quitting Ativan comfortably, each individual receives medical, psychological, and other professional supervision to make sure that the experience is smooth and comfortable. When discomforts or concerns occur, they are addressed right away.

quitting ativanClients receive counseling sessions in order to diminish anxiety and develop new coping techniques which are very important once Ativan tapering is over. None of the aspects of our program are forced. Tapering only starts when clients feel relief from the symptoms for which they are taking Ativan and when they feel stable enough to endure Ativan withdrawal. While withdrawal as a comfortable process is our goal, it does require some stability and willpower. Before, during, and after tapering, some of the therapies we provide include IV nutrient therapy, massage, acupuncture, yoga, supplementation, sauna therapy, chelation, body detoxification, holistic and orthomolecular medicine, counseling, group therapy, peer support, exercise, diet therapies, whole and organic food, neurotoxin removal, corrective techniques that address underlying symptoms such as anxiety, and multiple other treatments.

Aftercare at Alternative to Meds Center

Once a client has successfully completed tapering and they feel physically and emotionally stable, aftercare is offered. We aim to do more than get our clients off of Ativan. We also effectively address the underlying problems that led them to Ativan use so they can live a sustainable, healthy, medication-free life. Our counselors are here to assist you and are happy to provide free consultations that can lead you in the right direction for treatment. If you are looking for a permanent answer to how to quit taking Ativan, please call our team of counselors, they will be happy to speak with you.

Originally Published Sep 19, 2018 by Diane Ridaeus

How to Quit Taking Ativan
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