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.
Have you become addicted to Valium? You are not alone, as many people are prescribed this drug and 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.
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 usually meant to be taken on a short-term basis, but 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.
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Also, some people combine these drugs with other addictive substances, such as opioids or alcohol. While combining is often 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, including some the drug was designed to treat, such as anxiety and trouble sleeping. 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. Withdrawal of Valium is associated with a range of symptoms that 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.
Should We Do an Intervention if Someone Is Hooked on Valium?
It’s worth considering an intervention when someone you love shows signs of being addicted to Valium or another substance. Since Valium can be dangerous due to some of its side effects, the risk of using it in combination with other addictive substances and its potentially fatal withdrawal, an intervention might be a good idea. Nonetheless, you might want to consider talking to the person one-on-one first before you move forward with a full intervention involving numerous loved ones and a professional. 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 and to express that you want them to be healthy and free from dependence. You could try finding out whether the person thinks they may have an addiction and whether they’re willing to get treatment, before springing an invention on them. You might find they’re already open to the idea of treatment.
If you decide to stage an intervention—perhaps because the person refuses to get help—you could try having a non-judgmental gathering with supportive people who care about this person. It is also advised to invite a professional who can guide the intervention, manage conflict and help direct the individual to the right treatment.
How to Overcome Valium Abuse
While a professional detox is not always essential, it is strongly recommended for benzodiazepine withdrawal due to the potentially fatal dangers of withdrawing from Valium and other benzos. A medical detox program makes the withdrawal process safer and more comfortable, because 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 is the stage that involves therapy and other tools to help you work through your addiction and learn how to live in a healthier way. Rehab treatment aims to help you understand how to recover, so you can reduce the chance of a recurrence of symptoms, and an aftercare program provides a helping hand if you need it after you have finished the rehab program.
Treatment for Valium 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 and 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, outpatient programs and partial hospitalization, and different housing options depending on the program. After rehab treatment, we will stay in touch through our aftercare program to make sure you are able to stay on the new path you have chosen or to help you get back to it if needed.
Valium recovery can be safer and more successful with a quality treatment program. Since Valium and other benzo withdrawal is dangerous, treatment is especially recommended in this case. To talk about our treatment options and find the right one for you, contact us at Transformations Treatment Center today.