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Valium Addiction Treatment

Many people receive relief from panic, seizures and other types of muscle pain by taking Valium, also known as diazepam. While it is not the intention to become addicted, the drug’s addictive nature is a slippery slope for many users.

What is Valium Addiction?

Drug addiction typically starts with casual or social usage, and eventually turns into a habit. Over time, users need higher doses in order to feel the desired effect. As Valium use increases, it may be more and more difficult to function without it or to shake intense cravings.

Signs of Valium Dependence

Signs that the body and/or mind have developed an addiction to Valium are:

  • Feeling like you have to use the drug every day or even several times a day
  • Being unable to quit using the drug
  • Buying the drug even when you cannot afford it
  • Doing things you would not normally do to get the drug, like lying or stealing
  • Feeling like you need the drug to cope with problems
  • Driving or partaking in other dangerous activities while under the influence of the drug
  • Putting increasingly more time and energy into getting and using the drug

Causes of Dependency

Even with proper usage, the body begins to make adjustments to regular, consistent doses of Valium and can quickly build a tolerance to it, thus requiring users to increase dosage to feel the same initial effect. Many people develop a physical dependence to Valium while following a doctor’s prescription. A psychological dependence typically follows physical dependence. At this point, users cannot stop craving more Valium and want to take it before it is time for their next dose or want to take more than is prescribed.

Effects of Use

Valium is a prescription central nervous system depressant, and affects the body much like alcohol. It helps to reduce feelings of panic and anxiety, and can also reduce certain types of muscle pains. Common effects are sleepiness and clumsiness.

Complications and Long Term Effects of Valium Abuse

Valium is highly physically and psychologically addicting, and is also considered one of the most difficult addictions to break. Once the body has grown accustomed to regular use, it is extremely dangerous to abruptly stop using and can coincidently cause seizures and sometimes even death. Other effects of use and dependence include drowsiness, slurred speech, lack of coordination, memory impairment, confusion, slowed breathing and decreased blood pressure, dizziness, depression and sensitivity to pain. The long-term effects of abuse also include anemia and impairment of liver function. Babies of Valium abusers may show disturbed sleeping patterns, irritability and fever, as well as trouble breathing and feeding.

Help and Treatment for Valium Addiction

Treatment for Valium addiction begins with detoxification. Withdrawal symptoms come on quickly and strong and include restlessness, insomnia, anxiety, seizures and sometimes death. Beyond breaking the physical addiction, psychological addiction to Valium is a chronic issue and requires continued care and treatment.

Beyond Quitting: Valium Recovery and Rehabilitation

Rehabilitation facilities offer addicts the tools and support they need to complete the withdrawal process and overcome their addiction. Seeking counseling, including group therapy and family therapy, can be helpful. There are also programs for relapse prevention and aftercare planning. [540]

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