Valium Addiction

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According to the Drug Abuse Recognition Training Report, over 60 million Valium prescriptions were written in 2010. Valium is a benzodiazepine that is commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and other medical conditions. Valium is generically referred to as diazepam, and is usually prescribed in pill form, although it comes in liquid form as well. Because there is no longer a patent for the Valium formula, there are now nearly 500 diazepam brands available for use.

Valium has increased in popularity and availability, and when it is abused, it can be extremely harmful. Addicts abuse the drug by:

  • Swallowing pills
  • Crushing the pills and snorting the powder
  • Drinking a liquid form, usually more than prescribed
  • Mixing Valium with other drugs to enhance the high

Is Valium Addictive?

With repeated use, and over an extended period of time, Valium can become addictive. When an individual is addicted to Valium, their brain becomes accustomed to the depressing effects of the drug, and becomes dependent on the drug for regular functioning. There is also a mental addiction that occurs when tolerance builds up to the drug. It takes more of the drug to feel the effects, and a deep need for the relaxing “high” ensues. This cycle of psychological and physical dependence continues with each dose taken.

Symptoms of Valium Withdrawal

Valium use and withdrawal can cause fever, stomach cramps, depression, and lack of energy to accomplish daily tasks, even simple ones. Long-term users of Valium will most likely experience withdrawals when stopping Valium suddenly.

  • Anxiety
  • Delusions and delirium
  • Shortness of breath
  • Respiratory distress
  • Rapid Heartbeat
  • Numbness in limbs
  • Seizures
  • Mood swings
  • Coma

How Does Valium Affect the Body?

Valium is a sedative and a hypnotic drug that works by depressing the central nervous system. It decreases brain activity, including the way the brain receives messages relayed by neurotransmitters. This often results in an uncoordinated sensation that produces a euphoric feeling. As Valium enters the body’s blood stream, the effects of the dose hit the highest point, and the user feels a rush of sensation. Valium may feel akin to being drunk, in that there is often clumsiness from the sedating effect.

As Valium wears off and the high dissipates, there is a comedown and crash. The easygoing feeling begins to disappear, and the brain begins to accelerate back to its previous condition. Often, an addict will attempt to counteract the crash with more Valium or another drug in an attempt to slow down the body.

Abusers of Valium become accustomed to the relaxing nature of the drug, and the body quickly builds a tolerance, making it much harder to reach the euphoric state with the same amount of Valium each time. Addicted individuals often find they need to take more and more to achieve the same results.

People who abuse Valium often suffer from other co-occurring disorders such as anxiety, general depression, fear, and panic. Individuals are afraid to face life without the effects of the high, and experience symptoms such as irritation and rapid heart rate when they go without the drug.

Valium addiction is known to cause isolation, job loss, and monetary difficulties. It can also lead to serious long-term physical damage from accidents that occur while taking the drug, especially when driving.

Avalon Malibu provides a continuum of care where individuals may get help from the withdrawal of Valium and other substances in a serene, peaceful, supportive and safe environment.

The Cottage House at Avalon Malibu specializes in physician-supervised residential treatment, including drug and substance abuse detox, where clients receive healing in a contained and nurturing environment.

Long-Term Effects of Valium Use

Extended use of Valium over a prolonged period can have a variety of consequences for the brain and body. Valium is a dangerous drug, and repeated use can impact memory, breathing, and pulmonary functions, even causing permanent and life-threatening damage. Valium addiction should be addressed and treated as soon as possible.

At Avalon Malibu, our Valium rehab center is committed to helping our clients to develop a sense of self-worth with renewed meaning to their lives. A Valium addiction treated at The Cottage House is tackled with a plan that is designed specifically for the individual, where our psychiatrists help you work with the underlying psychiatric disorders that often accompany a Valium addiction.

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