Like many benzodiazepines, Valium is best used on a short-term basis because of their severe dependence and withdrawal symptoms. Combining Valium with another central nervous system depressant, such as alcohol or an opiate painkiller, can stop breathing.
Valium addiction, dependence, and withdrawal syndrome are serious and unpleasant health problems that often require professional addiction treatment. Without help, people are likely to feel symptoms such as intense anxiety, insomnia, seizures, depression, and, of course, cravings to use Valium again.
Valium is one of the most frequently prescribed drugs in the world. It is a member of the benzodiazepine class that includes drugs such as Xanax, Klonopin, Ativan, and others.
Valium is used to treat anxiety, seizures, muscle spasms, symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and insomnia. It also works alongside anesthetics to induce sedation and is a commonly prescribed muscle relaxer. Valium is available as a generic drug.
Between 1969 and 1982, Valium was the most prescribed drug in the U.S. Peak sales occurred in 1978, with more than 2.3 billion pills sold.
During the 1980s and 1990s, however, the use of Valium and other benzodiazepines became controversial. Though many psychiatrists continue to see these drugs as a valuable tool in treating anxiety, concerns about overprescribing benzodiazepines, as well as their potential for abuse and dependence mounted.
These concerns have led to a decline in the popularity of Valium in recent decades.
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Valium in the Body
Also known as diazepam, Valium is extremely addictive. It produces physical dependence and tolerance in those who abuse it. it can be ingested, injected, insufflated, or taken via suppository. Combining Valium with another substance, such as alcohol, can end in overdose and even death.
The half-life—that is, the time it takes for half of the drug to be eliminated by the natural processes of the body—is long, at 20 to 80 hours. However, the typical half-life of Valium in a young, healthy person is more around 24 hours.
Valium can stay in the body and be detected in urine for five to seven days after taking it. Chronic use, or use over one year, can be detected much longer. The detection window for Valium in urine screens can be up to six weeks.
As a central nervous system depressant, Valium slows brain activity. It also slows breath, which is why combining it with other substances can be deadly. The effects of Valium are decreased with caffeine or cigarettes.
Side Effects of Valium
Valium is associated with a long list of side effects that occur even in those who take it as prescribed. These side effects include:
- tired feeling
- spinning sensation
- ataxia (loss of balance)
- memory problems
- muscle weakness
- dry mouth
- slurred speech
- blurred or double vision
- skin rash
- lack of interest in sex
Valium Addiction Symptoms and Side Effects
As a Class IV drug, valium has a relatively low risk for addiction when compared to other drugs (like Vicodin, Codeine or Oxycodone). But if you take a larger dose of Valium than prescribed or more often than prescribed, you may develop tolerance to the drug.
If you’ve been prescribed Valium but you are concerned you may have developed an addiction, you may want to 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 some of these signs, it might be time to seek valium addiction treatment.
Valium Addiction Treatment
If you are ready to quit using Valium, 12 Keys can help. Even if you have tried treatment before, our methods of medically managed detox and comprehensive aftercare represent best in class addiction treatment.
We help manage those difficult days of drug withdrawal through managed detox. Next, we design a comprehensive holistic recovery plan to address the core reasons for the drug abuse. This involves taking an integrated treatment approach for co-occurring disorders, which are mental health disorders that occur alongside the substance addiction.
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.
Integrated treatment is the coordination of substance use and mental health interventions as opposed to treating each disorder separately, ignorant of the other. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recommend this integrated treatment approach.
Integrated treatment helps patients think about the role that alcohol and other drugs play in their life. It offers them a chance to learn about how certain substances like Valium interact with mental health disorders. It also educates patients to identify and develop recovery goals.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.
Don’t let an addiction to Valium define your life choices. Call us now for more information. The call is free, confidential, and there is no obligation to enroll. Let 12 Keys help you find your path to freedom today!