Valium, also known as diazepam, is one of the most frequently prescribed drugs in the world. It is used in the treatment of anxiety, seizures and insomnia; it also works alongside anesthetics to induce sedation and is a commonly prescribed muscle relaxer. Valium is also extremely addictive and produces physical dependency and tolerance in those who abuse it; it can be ingested, injected, insufflated and taken via suppository. Combining Valium with another substance such as alcohol can be deadly, and it can end in overdose and death.
Information About Valium
Valium is a member of the benzodiazepine class that includes drugs such as Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan and others. They slow the central nervous system but do not relieve pain; individuals who take Valium exactly as directed will likely notice problems with concentration, memory, balance, coordination and dizziness; depression can also result. Over time, the brain develops a tolerance to Valium, which forces the user to take more and more of the drug to achieve the same effects. Just like other benzodiazepines, Valium is generally best used on a short term basis because of the severe dependence and withdrawal abusing the drug can produce. Combining Valium with another central nervous system depressant, such as alcohol or an opiate painkiller, can stop breathing.
Benzodiazepine dependence and withdrawal syndrome are serious and unpleasant health problems that usually require professional help. Quitting Valium suddenly is never advisable, especially if you have abused it for a long period of time. Without help, you are likely to feel symptoms such as intense anxiety, cravings to use Valium again, insomnia, seizures, severe flu-like symptoms, depression and more.
Addiction Symptoms and Side Effects
If you’ve been prescribed Valium but you are concerned you may have developed an addiction, ask yourself the following questions:
- Have I continued taking Valium, even though I know I don’t need it anymore?
- Do I take a lot more Valium than I used to?
- Do I combine Valium with other drugs or alcohol to get a stronger high?
- Do I keep buying Valium even though I can’t afford it?
- Do I keep taking Valium to avoid withdrawal?
- Have I developed problems at work, at home, with my relationships or with money — even if they don’t seem related to Valium?
- Do I still spend my free time doing the healthy things I love, or have I stopped my hobbies almost entirely?
- Do I hang out alone or with a new crowd of “friends” who use drugs?
- Do I feel confused, or do I have difficulty concentrating?
- Have I ever engaged in risky behavior while using that I felt ashamed about afterward?
- Have I started visiting more than one doctor, hospital or pharmacy to get multiple prescriptions filled, just in case I run out?
If you recognize these signs, it’s time to get help.
Don’t Let Drugs Define Your Choices
When you make the decision to get treatment for drug abuse, you’re taking control of your life — instead of letting Valium control your life for you. At 12 Keys, our qualified and compassionate staff will help you feel comfortable during withdrawal, so you can focus on making a complete recovery. We’ll design a customized plan created for your specific needs, whether physical, psychological or spiritual. Quite simply, you’ll learn how to manage cravings and triggers while rebuilding the person you were before drug addiction defined your lifestyle.
Call us now for more information, and find out why our recovery center is one of the premier programs in the country. At 12 Keys, you can find your path to freedom, starting now.