Ativan Treatment & Rehab

While Ativan (lorazepam) is a highly potent habit-forming drug that often requires treatment to stop usage of, it does also tend to respond well to treatment. After someone completes a medical detox for Ativan and any co-occurring addiction, that person could then move onto treatment and rehab. Ativan does cause changes in the brain, and those can last for days, weeks or longer, which is why it’s so important to seek treatment for an addiction to this drug. Along with stopping the use of the drug, a good treatment program should focus on helping people address any other addictions they have because an addiction to Ativan and other benzodiazepines rarely occurs alone. These addictions often occur alongside addictions to alcohol and opioids, and treating these addictions can be a complex situation.
Not all addictions are the same, nor are all people who have addictions. For example, a person with an addiction to Ativan (lorazepam) or another type of benzodiazepine isn’t going to have the same experiences or needs of someone who’s addicted to alcohol or opioids. People with varying addictions can’t be treated in the same way for the best results, which is where the focus of The Recovery Village lies.

The Recovery Village is a full-service drug and alcohol facility with intensive residential inpatient treatment programs for people with Ativan addictions, and other addictions as well. In addition to inpatient residential programs, other treatment solutions offered by The Recovery Village involve outpatient care, partial hospitalization, family programs, and aftercare.

When someone comes to The Recovery Village with an addiction to Ativan, the first step is to assess them and determine whether or not they require a medical detox, and if so, what their level of care needs to be during that detox. Medically supervised detox is a critical component of treating an Ativan addiction because, without it, the results can be dangerous or deadly. Withdrawal from Ativan can lead to symptoms of withdrawal that range from headaches and nausea to seizures and psychosis, which is why medical supervision is essential. This also provides the foundation on which the rest of treatment will be built, and many of the initial steps of recovery can begin during the medical detox phase of a treatment program.

Once a detox program is completed, patients can then move to other programs, which in many cases with very severe addiction problems is to the residential inpatient treatment program.

Some of the elements of Ativan (lorazepam) dependency and addiction treatment that might occur in a residential inpatient program include:

  •       In-depth evaluation and treatment planning tailored to the individual
  •       Constant supervision from the nursing staff
  •       Management of medication
  •       Meeting with a psychiatric care provider at least once a week
  •       Group therapy sessions
  •       Continual review of treatment and objectives
  •       Individual therapy
  •       Recreational therapy
  •       Specialty group therapy with focuses such as substance abuse, the 12-step program, and grief and loss
  •       Aftercare and discharge planning

The unique component of Ativan addiction treatment at The Recovery Village is the fact that it is holistic and looks at every element of the person being treated, through an individualized lens. This is what sets people who attend treatment at The Recovery Village up for success when it comes to tackling a serious addiction to Ativan or any type of benzo.

If you or someone you know is coping with an addiction to Ativan, there may be some common questions you have. These might include:

  •       Do I really need inpatient care?
  •       What happens during treatment?
  •       How long does treatment last.
  •       Should I choose treatment near home vs. traveling to a different city or state?

First, if you’re addicted to Ativan or other drugs classified as benzos, inpatient care is probably your best option. This is mainly due to the fact that the withdrawal symptoms can be severe or even deadly, including seizures, psychosis, and coma. Many residential inpatient programs including The Recovery Village incorporate medical detox into their treatment programs, and then treatments facilitated during detox can be seamlessly continued and monitored throughout treatment.

An inpatient rehab program may also be best if you’re addicted to multiple substances, which is commonly the case with Ativan, or if you have underlying mental health issues, also common with the use of Ativan.

During treatment, there are a wide variety of therapies and activities that occur. During treatment you’ll begin your 12-step program, and you’ll also start building the life and recovery skills you’ll require for your life without Ativan or other substances. Specific elements of inpatient treatment for people with Ativan abuse issues may include group and individualized therapy, recreational therapy, and specific programs based on your needs, such as sexuality or trauma survival programs.

A program can last anywhere from 30-90 days in most cases, although you should plan accordingly for the medical detox phase of a program, which can last for several weeks with Ativan.

For people trying to decide whether they should attend rehab treatment near their home, or they should travel to a different city and state, if insurance coverage isn’t an issue, many addiction specialists recommend traveling. Traveling is beneficial because it removes the addicted person from their normal environment, which also means they’re away from the triggers that tend to lead them to use Ativan and other drugs.

So what is the difference between inpatient/outpatient rehab? This is important to understand if you’re in the midst of making a treatment decision or helping someone else do so. Outpatient rehab may be something that’s provided as part of a continuum of care following a more intensive, inpatient, residential program, or it may exist as a standalone form of treatment. The main difference between inpatient/outpatient rehab may seem like the residential component, versus outpatient rehab where you live at home or outside the facility, but there are other distinctions.

Outpatient rehab can be helpful for addictions that aren’t long-term or severe, but they may not be ideal for people with heavy Ativan usage. During outpatient rehab, a patient will usually still attend a combination of individual and group therapy sessions, and they can meet with a psychiatrist for medication management as needed.

Some of the therapeutic focuses of outpatient rehab might include cognitive behavioral therapy, planning for ways to remain sober, and family therapy. In an inpatient setting, people with Ativan abuse issues are more likely to have success in the early parts of their recovery because their single focus is on recovery, and they’re removed from everyday stresses of life, as well as triggers.

Inpatient rehab can also be most advantageous for people with co-occurring disorders that have a dual diagnosis, or addiction to multiple substances including Ativan.

With outpatient rehab, the benefits can include the reduced costs since patients aren’t charged room and board fees, as well as access to friends and family which can provide valuable support in some cases.

Ultimately the decision between inpatient or outpatient rehab is based on a myriad of complex factors, from the level of addiction to underlying mental issues, as well as what type of detox protocol might be needed.

Treatment programs for drugs like Ativan require a combination of two distinct elements for success in most instances. Those elements are individual and group therapy. Bringing together these two types of therapy is the basis for treatment at The Recovery Village, as it is a comprehensive, full continuum, treatment option for people who have addictions to drugs like Ativan.

There are some rehab centers that might see individualized and group therapy as being antagonistic to one another, and that’s something that sets The Recovery Village apart. At The Recovery Village these two types of therapy aren’t oppositional. Instead, they can be seamlessly integrated with one another to not just help people stop using Ativan, but also identify deep-rooted issues that led to that drug abuse, and also help them be more successful in the long-term.

Along with drug education that occurs in a group setting, individualized group therapy at The Recovery Village includes intensive treatment planning based on personalized objectives and psychoeducation. With a combination of individualized and group therapy, patients can get a deeper understanding of addiction, learn healthy ways to manage stress in their lives, increase the motivation to continue a drug-free life, and improve coping skills in situations that are high-risk or could trigger drug use.

Individualized group therapy is also beneficial because patients learn to build healthy relationships and their self-worth.

For many people who enter a treatment program for Ativan abuse or the abuse of any substance, it can be frightening to look at themselves on such a deep level and discover the reasons for their drug use. With individualized group therapy, this is easier to navigate, and there are more robust support systems surrounding you as you being this process.

During individual therapy at The Recovery Village, a client will work with a mental health professional in private sessions, to gain self-knowledge and insight. During group therapy, people can initiate their newly learned coping and communication skills, and also gain strength from their peers.

Some of the other therapeutic components and activities that may be part of a treatment plan include:

  • Dietary counseling
  • Self-care counseling
  • Family education
  • Art therapy
  • Meditation
  • Acupuncture
  • Therapeutic gardening
  • Discharge planning
  • Continuum care planning
When you’re choosing a rehab facility for substance abuse including Ativan (lorazepam), it’s imperative to consider a concept called “paired dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders.” When someone is addicted to one or more drugs or alcohol, research shows there is often an underlying mental disorder or more than one disorder that they also suffer from. This doesn’t necessarily mean one causes the other, but it could be that someone with underlying mental illnesses or disorders could be more susceptible to addiction.

Also relevant is the fact that with a drug like Ativan is that for many people the reasons for initially taking it could have been related to a mental disorder. For example, someone might take Ativan to help them deal with anxiety or panic attacks.

It’s important during treatment that the whole person is addressed, and that includes underlying mental illnesses/disorders common with Ativan addiction. That’s a fundamental component of therapy at The Recovery Village. We offer dual diagnosis and co-occurring disorders treatment, which we find provides the best possible outcomes for many patients. Our programs work on helping people deal with their substance abuse, but the integrated treatment approach also helps people with their mental illnesses, so they have not just a more favorable short-term result, but long-term success over their lifetime.

Someone with co-occurring disorders needs treatment that takes into account the fact that the disorders are completely separate from one another, but that they can also be intricately intertwined.

The significance of dual diagnosis is the fact that it takes into account that both disorders exist and that treatment approaches must address both simultaneously. Also, co-occurring disorders often exist without a proper diagnosis for extended periods of time, and this can be alleviated through treatment at The Recovery Village.

As it pertains to insurance coverage, some of the most frequently asked questions include:

· Does insurance coverage include rehab treatment?
· How much is drug rehab without insurance?
· Does insurance cover outpatient addiction treatment?

The specific answers to these questions can be mainly related to your specific policy as well as the state you’re insured in, but in most cases, insurance will cover Ativan (lorazepam) treatment or at least a portion. This can include both inpatient residential treatment outpatient addiction treatment.

Without insurance the cost can vary significantly, from around $5,000 for a month of therapy, to upwards of $25,000 for a 30-day program. This is why it’s wise to check your insurance coverage and summary of benefits to see what portion would be covered by your policy.

Along with questions about how rehab works and what happens during treatment, some of the other most common questions are related to costs and paying for it. Key issues frequently heard regarding the cost of rehab include:

  •       Do you have to pay to go to rehab?
  •       How much does it cost, or what is the cost of treatment?

It does cost to go to rehab, but people often don’t realize they have many payment options available to them, ranging from insurance to personal loans. There are ways to have some or all of the cost of rehab covered, and it’s an important investment in your future and your life.

What if you don’t have insurance, or your insurance won’t cover the cost of rehab? Many people feel as if they will die if they’re not able to get treatment for their Ativan addiction, as well as any related substance abuse or mental disorders, and they question “what do I do if I can’t afford drug rehab” or “how can I afford treatment.”

If you have insurance and it will only cover a portion, or none of your rehab stay at all, you have alternative payment options including personal financing, personal loans, and referrals for low-cost treatment. There are also opportunities to take advantage of state and local government assistance programs and work with a state substance abuse agency if you need help to pay for addiction treatment.

Finally, there are also financing and substance abuse treatment options available through the Veterans Administration, and Medicare and Medicaid may cover this type of treatment in some cases.

Medical Disclaimer: The Recovery Village aims to improve the quality of life for people struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder with fact-based content about the nature of behavioral health conditions, treatment options and their related outcomes. We publish material that is researched, cited, edited and reviewed by licensed medical professionals. The information we provide is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. It should not be used in place of the advice of your physician or other qualified healthcare provider.

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