Ativan (Lorazepam) is a common prescription drug used to treat anxiety and panic disorders.
Doctors usually prescribe the drug for short periods of time because the body becomes dependent on it after just a few weeks of use. Once this happens, the user needs the drug in their system to avoid withdrawal symptoms — which are notoriously uncomfortable.
Due to the prescription status of the drug, many users think it’s completely safe, placing it in a different category to other, more illicit drugs. However, this drug is highly addictive, and long-term abuse can bring permanent side-effects.