How to determine if a loved one needs to enter Valium treatment and rehab
If you or a loved one is addicted to Valium treatment and rehab at an accredited addiction treatment center offers your best chance for a successful recovery. Valium is the brand name for diazepam, a benzodiazepine drug commonly prescribed to treat a broad spectrum of conditions including anxiety, panic disorder, and seizures. It has been around since the 1950s, and is one of the top 15 most prescribed drugs in the United States. Part of its popularity comes from the fact that Valium is listed as a Schedule IV medication, meaning it is supposed to have a low abuse and addiction rate. Unfortunately, Valium’s low addiction potential only applies when the medication is taken as directed. Tolerance develops swiftly once individuals begin taking Valium, and they need increasing amounts to achieve the same effects. This leads to Valium abuse, and addiction swiftly follows.
How valium addiction progresses
Taking Valium creates feelings of sedation, euphoria, and relaxation. Once a person starts abusing Valium, they will keep increasing the amount of the drug they take in an effort to recapture the same feelings they initially experienced. This can lead to Valium overdose and death. Valium and other benzodiazepines were involved in around 30% of prescription overdose deaths in 2013, second only to opioids, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Valium overdose symptoms include excessive drowsiness, confusion, low blood pressure, loss of muscle coordination, and respiratory depression. If you recognize these symptoms in someone taking Valium, get medical help immediately.
Once individuals become addicted to Valium, the addiction affects every aspect of their lives. If you are unsure if you or a loved one is becoming addicted to Valium, there are clear behavioral, physical, psychological, and emotional symptoms to look for. Valium addiction symptoms include mood changes like irritability, confusion, aggression and depression. An addicted individual will begin displaying physical signs of Valium addiction including sedation and drowsiness, nausea, constipation, drooling or dry mouth, skin rash, and slurred speech. Amnesia, memory problems, loss of inhibitions, hallucinations, and associated psychological symptoms become apparent. The individual will begin engaging in risky behavior and eventually will focus on obtaining more Valium to the exclusion of other activities.
Valium withdrawal and detox
Abruptly stopping Valium use can produce intense physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms that are extremely unpleasant. Trying to stop taking Valium “cold turkey,” may even be life-threatening, depending on the length and severity of an individual’s addiction. Physical Valium withdrawal symptoms include muscle cramps, tremors, rapid heartbeat, excessive sweating, vomiting, seizures, and in some severe cases, coma and death. The psychological symptoms of Valium withdrawal can include insomnia, anxiety, irritability, and rage. The safest way to detox from Valium is through medically supervised detox, as part of a comprehensive Valium addiction treatment and rehab program.
Valium Treatment and rehab
Once an individual has gone through detoxification from Valium abuse, he or she will need to get addiction treatment to overcome the addiction to Valium. Valium treatment and rehab options include inpatient and outpatient addiction recovery programs. In cases of severe Valium addiction, a stay at an inpatient addiction treatment program where patients focus on recovery 24/7 is probably the best option. In cases where Valium addiction is less severe, an outpatient drug rehab program may be appropriate. In both treatment options, patients engage in group and individual therapy and learn coping strategies to help with relapse prevention. Treatment ranges from 30 days to more than a year.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the WhiteSands Treatment at (877) 855-3470. Our addiction specialists can assess your recovery needs and help you get the addiction treatment that provides the best chance for your long-term recovery.