Valium Abuse – Addictive Prescription Drugs

 Learn about Valium addiction withdrawal symptoms and how detox and rehab can help you.

Valium is a popular anti-anxiety drug and you or someone you love can become addicted to it quickly without even knowing it. It is a depressant benzodiazepine drug that affects the central nervous system and decreases brain activity. Valium abuse and addictive prescription drugs are a huge problem in the U.S. Diazepam is the generic name for Valium and the drug is used to prevent seizures, manage muscle spasms, relieve anxiety and other mental disorders, and help alleviate the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol.

As one of the five most prescribed benzodiazepines it is the most popular anti-anxiety medication in the world, with about 15 million prescriptions written for the drug in 2011. Valium can be taken orally as a tablet or in liquid form, as a rectal gel, and as a solution to be injected. Street names for the drug are VS, Blue VS, Foofoo, Howards and Yellow VS.

The drug can be addictive when abused and caution should be taken when prescribing or using this drug. Some signs of Valium abuse are:

  • Taking the drug more often than prescribed.
  • Taking a larger dosage than what is prescribed.
  • Taking the drug recreationally to get high or to increase the effects of other drugs.

Valium abuse can cause serous mental and physical complications and also death. The risk of death is much higher when the drug is taken with other central nervous system depressants such as heroin, alcohol and sleeping pills. Symptoms of Valium overdose include ataxia, slowed breathing, reduced heart rate, confusion, impaired reflexes, coma and death.

Valium may cause a variety of health effects on the user such as:

  • Relaxation
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Drowsiness
  • Tremors
  • Incontinence
  • Hypotension
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Delusions
  • Anger
  • Nightmares
  • Memory loss

Benzodiazepines are psychoactive drugs that possess properties that create a sedative effect in the user.  They also promote muscle relaxation, and hypnotic and anti-convulsive qualities. There are many different types of benzodiazepines on the market, some of which include:

  • Xanax is the brand name for Alprazolam, which is approved by the Food and Drug Administration to treat anxiety and panic disorders.
  • Restoril (Temazepam) is used in the treatment of anxiety, insomnia, convulsions, and as a muscle relaxant.
  • Valium (Diazepam) is used in the treatment of seizures, insomnia, restless leg syndrome, panic attacks and alcohol withdrawal.
  • Klonopin (Clonazepan) is an anti-epileptic drug that is also used to treat panic disorders.
  • Ativan (Lorazepam) is used as a treatment for sleep problems, anxiety disorders and alcohol withdrawal. It is also used to treat active seizures, and is used for surgery, and chemotherapy nausea and vomiting.
  • Librium (Chlordiazepoxide) is used to manage alcohol withdrawal.
  • Tranxene (Chlorazepate) is a hypnotic sedative used in the treatment of anxiety disorders and severe insomnia.

Valium addiction treatment should be received from medical professionals at a drug rehab center. Withdrawal from Valium can be dangerous and that is why a supervised medical detox process is needed. Some of the Valium addiction withdrawal symptoms that a patient may experience include:

  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Extreme sweating
  • Vomiting
  • Tinnitis
  • Blurred vision
  • Irritability
  • Obsessive rumination
  • Tachycardia
  • Muscle and joint pain
  • Agitation
  • Severe restlessness
  • Hallucinations
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Grand mal seizure
  • Psychosis
  • Depression

People who attempt to detox on their own may put their life at risk from Valium addiction withdrawal symptoms. It is wise to seek the help of drug addiction medical professionals. A supervised medical detox assures that the patient is kept safe and stable during the procedure. Medications can be administered to ease withdrawal symptoms and keep the patient as comfortable as possible. If the patient has been using other drugs or alcohol with the Valium, those problems will also be treated during the detox phase of treatment.

Valium addiction treatment should also include psychological counseling and therapies, and the patient should be encouraged to complete the entire recovery treatment program. This ensures that the patient has a good basic foundation to begin to live without Valium abuse or relapse. Counseling and peer support group meetings will help the recovering addict stay in the right path.


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.

About the Author

is a proud alumni member of WhiteSands Treatment. After living a life of chaos, destruction and constant let downs, Mark was able to make a complete turnaround that sparked a new way of life. He is serious about his recovery along with helping others. At WhiteSands Treatment, we offer support to you in your homes or when you are out living in your daily lives.