As one of the most popular psychiatric, sedative-hypnotic prescription drugs in the United States, Valium, also generically known as diazepam, has been used for the treatment of anxiety, seizures, muscle spasms, symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and more. A member of the drug classified benzodiazepine family, Valium works to “numb” the central nervous system. It has become used recreationally to give users a euphoric, calm “high” feeling. However, the drug itself can be very addictive and has been known to produce very painful withdrawal effects. The following are some of the most common side effects associated with this drug for short-term use:
- Lack of coordination
- Slurred Speech
- Rapid heart rate
- Stomach cramps
If Valium is used long-term, the side effects may be more severe and even more dangerous:
- Memory loss
- Difficulty breathing
- Slow pulse
- Heart attack
As a depressant drug, Valium works to strengthen the effects of a neurotransmitter in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). As a person begins to take more and more of the drug at more frequent times, the brain becomes accustomed to the influx it receives. Sudden cessation of the drug can be detrimental to a person’s health, even risking death. If you’ve been struggling with Valium addiction, treatment is available. Speak with a professional from a reputable treatment center to learn more about which program would be most appropriate for you.
Treatment typically begins with a period of detoxification, in which your body naturally dispels of the toxins acquired while you engaged in the addiction. Thankfully, medicine is most often available to help you manage some of the harmful withdrawal symptoms, making a treatment center a better option for detoxification. From there, you may participate in a residential or outpatient treatment program.
Psychotherapy, also known as “talk therapy”, will serve as a way for you to work on issues that have led you towards addiction and will provide you with opportunities to develop healthy coping mechanisms for life’s challenges. Don’t wait any longer to seek treatment. Recovery is possible.
Avalon Malibu is a world-renowned, California state-licensed mental health and substance abuse recovery center. If you are ready to seek treatment to develop the tools you need to overcome life’s obstacles and be on the road towards happiness, health, and well-being, contact us today at 888-958-7511 for a consultation. It’s never too late, and there are people here ready to help you.