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Ativan is a potent benzodiazepine that has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Slang terms for Ativan include goofballs, heavenly blues, stupefy or simply benzos. Taking Ativan for any period of time can lead to physical and psychological dependence based on a number of factors, including genetics and personal history. People with a history of drug and/or  alcohol abuse or untreated mental health disorders are at a greater risk for developing an Ativan addiction.
Those who are addicted to Ativan may experience cravings and continue to use despite any problems it may cause in their life, such as:
Issues with family or friends
Failing to follow through with work, school or home obligations
Getting into dangerous situations
Losing interest in what used to matter
Social isolation
Financial issues