Valium (Diazepam) Overdose: What Are The Signs?

Valium AddictionHave you become addicted to Valium? You are not alone, as most people prescribed this drug end up with a dependence on it. A treatment program can empower you to quit the use of Valium and provide a safer detox process than you would experience on your own.

Valium, which is the brand name of diazepam, is a type of benzodiazepine. This drug is prescribed for anxiety as well as for insomnia, panic, seizures and muscle spasms. Valium and other benzos, which are sedatives, are also used for anesthesia.

Benzos like Valium are legal prescription drugs, yet they are also addictive. Also, this class of drug should be taken with caution, because there are dangers associated with its potential side effects and its potentially life-threatening symptoms of withdrawal.

Long-Term Effects of Valium Abuse

Intentionally abusing benzos like Valium is not too common, although some people with a substance use history seek them out for this purpose. The drug’s calming effect can encourage people to keep taking it, and the fast onset of Valium’s effects is attractive to those looking to abuse the drug. However, it’s more often the case that legal prescription use leads to addiction.

Valium is less addictive than certain illicit drugs such as heroin and cocaine, yet it’s still an addictive substance. This medication is for short-term use only. However, many people continue to take it long term, which can contribute to addiction. Even when people take it at a therapeutic dose according to their prescription and for an extended period, their bodies can become dependent on it.

Also, some people combine these drugs with other addictive substances, such as opioids or alcohol. Combining is done in an effort to enhance effects for a better high. It creates more danger from more severe side effects and the potential for overdose.

Long-term use and abuse of Valium can lead to many negative symptoms. It can also cause fatigue, dizziness, depression, hallucinations, seizures and many other serious symptoms.

Long-term use can contribute to withdrawal symptoms if you suddenly quit Valium. Valium withdrawal symptoms include: muscle pain, sweating, vomiting, severe anxiety, irritability and confusion. Dangerous symptoms include tremors and seizures. Some people experience hallucinations, derealization or depersonalization—which involve being unsure of your environment, identity, feelings or thoughts—and extra sensitivity to sound, light and touch.

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Should We Do an Intervention if Someone Is Hooked on Valium?

An intervention is needed when someone you love shows signs of being addicted to Valium. Valium addiction is serious and can be dangerous for many reasons. Firstly, due to some of its side effects. Secondly, the risk of using it in combination with other addictive substances. Lastly, due to its potentially fatal withdrawal. An intervention might be a good idea. Nonetheless, consider talking to the person one-on-one first. Consequently, moving forward with a full intervention involving numerous loved ones and a professional first can backfire. You should think about what’s right in your situation, and you can ask a professional for guidance if needed.

It might work to talk to the person in a non-confrontational way about signs of addiction that you have noticed. Explicitly express that you want them to be healthy and free from dependence. Find out whether the person thinks they have an addiction and whether they’re willing to get treatment, before springing an invention. You might find they’re already open to the idea of treatment.

If you decide to stage an intervention you could try having a non-judgmental gathering with supportive people. Invite a professional who can guide the intervention, manage conflict and help direct the individual to the right treatment.

How to Overcome Valium Abuse

Professional detox is not always essential, however it is strongly recommended for benzodiazepine withdrawal. Valium and other benzos withdrawal carry a high potential of fatal symptoms. A medical detox program makes the withdrawal process safer and more comfortable. It addresses the dangerous symptoms and provides monitoring to intervene if you need medical attention. Detox will often taper gradually from benzos and provide medications to prevent or manage symptoms.

Withdrawing from the substance is the first step of treatment. Once you have the substance out of your system and you are past the difficult symptoms of withdrawal, you can focus on rehab treatment. This stage involves therapy and other tools to help you work through your addiction. You will learn how to live in a healthier way. Rehab treatment aims to help you understand how to recover. Therefore you can reduce the chance of a recurrence of symptoms. An aftercare program can provide a helping hand if you need it after you have finished the rehab program.

Treatment for Addiction

At Transformations Treatment Center, we offer the types of treatment that can address a Valium addiction. Our addiction treatment professionals understand how to assess a benzo addiction. Additionally, we create an individualized care plan to address your unique needs. We use a holistic therapeutic approach to focus on the different aspects of addiction, such as physical dependence and psychological effects.

We can help you get past Valium withdrawal symptoms through our facility Summit Detox. Then, we tailor rehab treatment plans to your needs to help you have the best chance at recovery. We will work with you to find the ideal track and level from our available options. We provide a variety of programs, including an intensive outpatient program. In addition we offer outpatient programs, partial hospitalization, and different housing options depending on the program. After rehab treatment, we will stay in touch through our aftercare program. We ensure you are able to stay on the new path you have chosen. If not, we are here to help you get back to it if needed.

Valium recovery can be safer and more successful with a quality treatment program. Valium withdrawal is dangerous. To talk about our treatment options and find the right one for you, contact us at Transformations Treatment Center today.

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