Valium, also known as diazepam, belongs to a class of benzodiazepines and is used to treat anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, and seizures. Valium is most commonly taken in pill form and is used to treat muscle spasms and to provide sedation before a medical procedure. More than 3 million people use Valium for medical reasons, but many abuse this drug as well. Valium can become very addictive if taken for longer or in higher doses than prescribed.
Valium acts as a depressant and calms the central nervous system. People who take this often feel euphoric, less coordinated, and may even feel “drunk”. Other side effects of Valium are dry mouth, decreased respiratory rate, slurred speech, delayed reflexes, nausea, appetite changes, blurred vision, confusion, and more. Valium is often taken with alcohol to enhance the drug, or may be taken with cocaine to “tone down” the high. With short term use, Valium causes people to feel “numb” regarding their emotions. The drug helps people to feel less anxious and more relaxed, and helps people to sleep.
A tolerance to Valium can develop in as little as 3-4 weeks. As a person takes more of the drug and more often to achieve the initial “high” they experienced, they could become dependent on it. Dependency often leads to addiction, as people develop a sense of “need” for the drug to feel relaxed and happy. Signs of dependency or addiction could include using Valium when one is feeling withdrawal symptoms, always using more than one intends to, using Valium even though it has negative effects on one’s life, becoming preoccupied with using the drug, and neglecting family, work, and social obligations to use.
Treatment for Valium addiction typically begins with detoxification, in which the body dispels all toxins. This can be rather unpleasant and painful, as the body and mind learn to recoup without the drug. The best way to treat Valium addiction is to never quit “cold turkey” and to seek a treatment facility that will help lower doses over the course of a few weeks. Treatment centers can provide the support needed and psychotherapy is a great option to help overcome deep-rooted issues. Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is often used to help people restructure their thinking to more positive, productive thought patterns.
If you suffer from Valium addiction, please speak with a doctor today. Seeking treatment could save your life and can get you back to a happier, healthier version of yourself. It’s time to take control of your life again. Call someone today.
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