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Treatment for Valium Addiction

Valium could likely be considered a household word today. Almost every adult knows at least vaguely what valium is, and it's fairly easy to get a prescription for Valium if you have symptoms associated with anxiety disorders. Valium is also used to treat several physical ailments and is often prescribed in short-term doses to assist individuals who are dealing with very high-stress situations. 

Since Valium, also known as diazepam, has been around for decades, it can be easy to overlook some of the dangers involved in long-term use of the prescription drug. While Valium is generally considered safe when used under the care of a physician, it's also one of the most widely abused prescription drugs on the market. Numerous clinical studies have shown that Valium dependency is very possible and that the withdrawal symptoms associated with stopping Valium use can not only drive someone to increased use, but they could also drive someone to abuse other drugs.

If you are currently dealing with an addiction or dependency associated with Valium, first know that you are not alone. Our admissions counselors know first-hand what you are going through and are standing by now at (877) 392-3342. We are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Understanding Valium Abuse and Addiction

Taking Valium as part of a prescribed course of medication is not abuse and doesn't mean you are addicted to the drug. Many, many people take Valium for legitimate purposes every day. If, however, you are taking more Valium than you are prescribed, taking Valium that doesn't belong to you or experiencing any of the withdrawal symptoms discussed throughout this article, then you are likely dealing with more than regular or prescribed use. 

What is Valium?

Valium is one of the most widely prescribed and reportedly successful psychopharmacological medications on the market, and the generic form has been around since the 1950’s. Valium is used to treat a variety of disorders, according to the National Institutes of Health, and is often prescribed to help with seizures and anxiety. It works in your system to calm both your nerves and certain responses in your brain, effectively reducing the reactions that are associated with stress and anxiety.

Is Valium a Benzo?

Valium is part of a classification of drugs called benzodiazepines, or benzos. Other examples of benzos include Xanax, Klonopin and Ativan. Benzos are widely prescribed for short-term use because they work well to reduce anxiety and can be used in a variety of treatment regimes. While that's a benefit to both patients and the medical community, it also makes these drugs more readily available to individuals who develop an abuse or addiction issue.

Is Valium Addictive?

Valium addiction is very possible, though as with any addiction, some people might be more likely to be predisposed to clinical addiction than others. Anyone can become physically dependent on Valium, though, because it comes with withdrawal symptoms when you stop taking it. Once you understand how Valium works, it's not surprising that it can become addicting. If you are dealing with a high-stress lifestyle or a temporary high-anxiety situation, it can become easy to rely on the calming effect that Valium has. Once you begin to rely on it, though, you might find that you cannot make it through daily life without the drug.

A Valium addiction is not something to be ashamed of or hide. While it's understandable that you might want to treat such an issue with discretion and privacy, seeking assistance from professionals not only helps you recover and return to a drug-free life, but it can also save your life. Valium abuse does come with some dangerous potentials, including death from overdose. 

Before your Valium use goes too far, call us at (877) 392-3342. Our professional counselors answer the phone any time of day year-round. We provide free, confidential consultations that can help you understand what your options are for dealing with a Valium dependency.

The Potential Dangers of Valium and Alcohol

Addiction is not the only danger associated with Valium. Like any potent prescription drug, Valium can interact with other substances or physical conditions, which is why it's critical to take Valium only when you are under the care of a medical provider. One dangerous thing you can do is mix Valium and alcohol. Even if you are taking a prescribed dose of Valium, mixing it with alcohol can lead to:

  • Confusion
  • Memory lapse 
  • Problems concentrating
  • Clumsiness and accidents
  • Passing out
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Coma

In severe cases, combining Valium and alcohol can result in life-threatening complications. 

Identifying Valium Abuse or Withdrawal

Valium withdrawal can come with many unpleasant or even physically dangerous symptoms, which is one reason it's so hard for people to stop using on their own. Some common symptoms of Valium withdrawal include:

  • Cramping in abdominal regions
  • Digestive distress, including nausea and vomiting
  • Numbness in extremities
  • Hallucinations
  • Seizures
  • Severe feelings of anxiety, dread or panic
  • Confusion and problems concentrating
  • Restlessness and an inability to sleep
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Headaches
  • Muscle pains

Valium withdrawal occurs in part because a long-term exposure to the drug does alter some of the chemical function of the brain – this is, after all, how it does its job. But too much of that impact can be bad for functioning, and when the effect is suddenly removed, your body doesn't always know how to react.

The worst withdrawal symptoms usually occur within a few days to a few weeks of stopping use of the drug, but they can crop up again months or even years down the road. This is one reason professional treatment is so important for recovery – during treatment, you are not only helped off the drug and through withdrawal symptoms, but you're provided with education and counseling to help you deal with symptoms and triggers that could come up in the future.

How Do You Know You're Abusing Valium?

You might wonder if you're abusing valium, especially if you started taking the drug as part of a prescribed treatment. Some of the following signs could be indications that you are abusing the drug:

  • You experience any of the above withdrawal symptoms when you lower your dose or do not increase your dose
  • You have regularly dilated eyes or changes to your vision
  • You lose interest in hobbies, your career, your relationships or your sex life
  • You are weak or more fatigued than normal
  • You have thoughts of self-harm or suicide
  • You are hyperactive at times
  • You experience extreme and often unexplained hostile emotions toward others
  • You have a loss of bladder control or do not urinate as normal
  • You take risky actions to ensure you have Valium or that your use of Valium is not realized by peers, coworkers, family members or medical providers

If you are experiencing any of the symptoms associated with Valium withdrawal or abuse, then don't wait to find out what you can do. 

Evidence-based Drug Addiction Treatment Programs

Our medical team is comprised of board-certified doctors, licensed therapists, registered nurses and more. Throughout your stay at our drug treatment center, one of our addiction specialists will always be available to assist you with your recovery. Upon admitting to The Treatment Center, we will evaluate your medical history, mental health status and lifestyle in order to create a personalized treatment plan that matches your individual needs and recovery goals. 

Some of the evidence-based services, therapies and programs we offer at our drug rehab include:

You will also have access to 24/7 medical care, sober recreational activities and aftercare services as a part of your personalized treatment plan.

If you or a loved one are struggling with Valium abuse of a full-blown Valium addiction, don’t hesitate to call us today at (877) 392-3342. Every call is confidential and free. Our admissions counselors are standing by 24/7 to answer any questions you may have about our drug and alcohol rehab. 

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