Detox Timeline for Ativan Withdrawal
The detox timeline and severity of withdrawal symptoms will depend on the length of time Ativan was abused, the usual daily dosage, if additional substances were abused, the general health of the individual, and whether there are any co-occurring mental health disorders present. A tapering program will help diffuse much of the intensity of the withdrawal symptoms.
The early withdrawal stage of detoxification involves increased blood pressure, increased heart rate, insomnia, and pronounced anxiety symptoms. The acute withdrawal stage starts around day 2-3 and may involve symptoms that last for up to two weeks. Symptoms might include tremors, cravings, muscle aches, irritability, nausea, confusion, sweating, and panic attacks. To date there is no drug to help mitigate withdrawal symptoms for an Ativan addiction.
Next Steps After Detox and Withdrawal
Once the medical detox is safely completed, the next phase of Ativan addiction recovery involves the active treatment phase. Without learning how to manage stress, triggers, and change habits, it is impossible to sustain recovery.
A rehab program can be obtained in an outpatient format or a residential format. Outpatient treatment offers three different intensities based on the history of the Ativan misuse and other factors. Outpatient programs provide more flexibility and they usually cost less than the residential programs.
However, sometimes the outpatient program does not provide enough structure, which can result in relapse. Some individuals do better in a residential program where there is 24-hour support. Whichever type of rehab format is selected, the fundamental treatment elements will be similar. These include:
- Psychotherapy. Individual sessions allow for delving into past emotional pain, traumas, mental health conditions, current stressors, and help to process and heal these using evidence-based therapies. Clients learn how to reshape thought patterns so that new productive behavior patterns will replace the dependency on Ativan.
- Group sessions. Group counseling and family counseling sessions are excellent opportunities to share your experiences with others who have similar challenges. This helps to foment peer support, which is helpful while going through addiction treatment as it makes participants feel they are not alone.
- Addiction recovery tools. Rehab programs will equip the individual with the tools needed to avert any temptation to return to Ativan use. Relapse prevention planning and strategizing is a high priority in rehab.
- 12-step programs. A.A.’s 12-step program is incorporated into many rehab programs to one degree or another. Meetings can be helpful to those in early recovery, offering a safe place to share and learn from each other.