Lorazepam is an addictive drug because it causes extreme relaxation and feelings of calm. It boosts brain chemicals called GABA, which enables the brain to calm down, helping the user to feel more tranquil and worry-free. Users report feelings of intense euphoria and satisfaction, less stress and worry, and the ability to sleep better.
As Lorazepam is abused, users may experience the following side effects:
- Itchy, irritated skin
- Problems with muscle coordination
- Feeling unsteady
- Memory loss
- Panic attacks
Look out for the following signs that may suggest that a person is addicted to Lorazepam:
- Tiredness and fatigue
- A continued craving for Lorazepam
- Delays in brain reaction times
- Slow breathing and heart rate
- Poor judgment
- Skin rashes and itching
- Communication and speech difficulties
- Memory loss
- Suicidal thoughts
- Extreme changes in mood and personality
- An inability to function without taking the drug
- Trying to obtain Lorazepam through any means (even if illegal)
- Getting in debt to fund a drug habit/spending excessive amounts on Lorazepam
As Lorazepam is so addictive, it doesn’t take long for withdrawal symptoms to occur. A medically assisted detox is recommended to safely remove the drug from the body and help the user cope with any discomfort.
Other withdrawal symptoms include:
- Vomiting and nausea
- Muscle cramps
- Abdominal and stomach pain
- Tremors and shaking
- Extreme changes in thoughts and behaviour
- Breathing problems
- Numbness in the legs and arms
As Lorazepam is so addictive, it can be very difficult to get through to someone who may be dependent on the drug and is frequently abusing it.
To help a loved one get back on track, it might be worth staging an intervention. Many people who are addicts are in denial about their problem, therefore getting them to volunteer themselves to a detox and treatment centre can prove very difficult and challenging. An interventionist can guide you through the intervention process and what happens. An intervention should be considered and planned in advance very carefully. Try to involve as many loved ones and friends as possible to convince the addict that they need help and that you are there to support them. Before staging an intervention, thoroughly rehearse how you will approach the situation and be prepared for any outcome or reaction.