Ativan, or Lorazepam, belongs to the Benzodiazepine class of drugs, which act as a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. Benzodiazepines are prescribed for a multitude of reasons, typically panic and anxiety disorders. Ativan can also be used to treat seizures.
Ativan has the potential for abuse due to its habit-forming chemicals, and its sedative properties that can create a euphoric effect, or high. Like other prescription drugs, use of Ativan can start legitimately but quickly turn into an addiction. Ativan may be a user’s primary drug, but people typically take Benzodiazepines interchangeably to achieve the same effect.