Valium is the brand name for diazepam, a drug categorized under a class of tranquilizers known as benzodiazepines. Valium is used to treat a variety of issues, including acute alcohol withdrawals, seizures, and muscle spasms. However, it is mainly prescribed to patients suffering panic attacks and other anxiety disorders. It most often appears as a pill or tablet.
While Valium is an effective solution when used properly, it can lead to a variety of issues. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, over 24,000 emergency room visits in 2011 involved diazepam. That’s up from about 16,000 emergency room visits in 2004.
Symptoms of Valium Addiction
Drug addiction is driven by a chemical dependency. Valium affects the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). Increasing GABA inhibits certain brain activities to create the characteristically calming effect. However, this flood of GABA also activates dopamine, the hormone involve in gratification and pleasure. By constantly using the drug, you trigger those reward pathways that make you feel good.
Some common symptoms of Valium addiction include:
Using Valium despite the problems it is causing in your health and personal life; Neglecting responsibilities to take Valium; Stealing or lying to obtain Valium; Taking more Valium than is prescribed; Using Valium to cope with everyday stress; Persistent cravings
Valium Withdrawal Symptoms
Hypersensitivity to light, sound, and touch; Depression; Paranoia; Heightened fear and anxiety; Insomnia; Convulsions; Psychosis; Suicidal thoughts
The Effects of Valium
Diazepam works as a depressant on the brain and central nervous system to create an immense sense of calm. Someone who has taken Valium may seem slowed down or more laidback than usual, thereby relieving anxiety problems.
Valium, like any other drug, has a potential for addiction and abuse. Addiction to Valium can not only destroy your personal health and immune system, but also cause a wide range of problems in your life. Addiction can take complete control of your actions. You may find yourself doing or saying hurtful things to loved ones and exhibiting reckless behavior in order to obtain more Valium. Valium generally isn’t prescribed for more than 4 months as longer prescriptions can often cause tolerance leading to abuse.
You should also avoid grapefruit and grapefruit juice while taking Valium. Grapefruit can interact with the drug to cause increased sedation, which can be even more dangerous if you have to drive or operate any heavy machinery.
Recovering from addiction can seem difficult, but medical intervention can help you back on the right road. Combining medication and therapy, you can work the chemicals out of your system and address underlying issues that may have triggered your initial drug use. Medication can also ease withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings.
For Valium and other benzodiazepines, your doctor may prescribe:
These medications will often be coupled with co-occurring disorders therapy, a form of therapy designed to help patients with substance abuse disorders and mental health disorders at the same time. In this case, the therapy would address your Valium abuse and any underlying anxiety issues.
The Road to Recovery
Detox often leads directly into a longer rehab program. While detox aims to work the toxins out of your system, rehab applies therapy, counseling, and classes to equip you with the knowledge and tools for a safe transition into long-term sobriety. A comprehensive detox program gives you the guidance and medical assistance you need to manage withdrawal symptoms.
At Georgia Drug Detox, we can help you find an inpatient detox center that fits your personal needs. If you have questions about the treatment process or need help with insurance, please don’t hesitate to contact us. When you’re ready to take the first steps to recovery, call us at (678) 771-6411 to begin the admission process.