Anxiety disorders are very common amongst individuals with substance abuse issues. Often times, an individual with an anxiety disorder begins abusing drugs or alcohol in an attempt to self-medicate their unpleasant symptoms.
The most commonly abused substances by people with anxiety disorders are alcohol and various benzodiazepines. For those with anxiety or panic disorders, drugs like Ativan can provide temporary relief from symptoms on a short-term or episodic basis.
However, especially in comparison with other benzodiazepines, Ativan carries a high potential for abuse and addiction. With continued or excessive use, Ativan can trigger chemical dependency, with side effects such as dizziness, muscular weakness, memory loss, sexual dysfunction, and constipation. In serious cases of Ativan addiction, side effects can even include severe depression, suicidal thoughts, allergic reactions, respiratory difficulties, hallucinations and hostility. If you or someone you know is suffering from an anxiety disorder or substance abuse, Passages can help.