Valium Addiction Treatment
Are you or a friend in need of Valium addiction treatment? Learn about the detox and rehab programs.
Valium is a sedative benzodiazepine drug that is used to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms, anxiety disorders, sleep problems, convulsions and muscle spasms. Valium abuse can cause addiction, and sometimes it may be addictive when taken at the recommended dosage for a long time. The drug affects the neurotransmitter GABA in the central nervous system, which in turn depresses various processes in the brain. If you are addicted to Valium you should receive professional Valium addiction treatment at a drug rehab center.
Valium abuse occurs when an individual:
- Takes the drug while drinking alcohol or using other drugs
- Increasing the dosage more than what is prescribed
- Takes the dose more often than what is prescribed
- Snorts or injects the drug
Valium abuse causes a variety of short-term effects that include:
- A lack of coordination
- A feeling of drunkenness
- A euphoric high
When the active effects of the drug begin to wear off and the addict begins to come down from the high, he may experience a number of diverse effects such as:
- Stomach cramps
- A rapid heart rate
- Anxiety, irritation, depression
Addicts may use other drugs to prolong the effects of the Valium and try to delay the comedown. The continuous use of Valium will eventually build up a tolerance to the drug in the body. The addict will need to take more of the drug to get the same effects as before and this dangerous practice often leads to addiction and sometimes overdose and death. If you are taking increasing amounts of Valium to achieve the same effects you may have a tolerance to, or dependence on, the drug and you may need Valium addiction treatment to get off the drug.
Some of the more common effects of Valium are:
- Depressed respiration
- Changes in heart rate, heart attack
- Blurred vision and slurred speech
- Confusion, memory loss
- Delayed reflexes
- Hallucinations, depression, psychosis, aggressive behavior
Thousands of Americans are taking Valium and other benzodiazepines, and the rate of abuse and addiction has increased. Valium addiction treatment should be given by addiction professionals at a drug rehab center. Withdrawal from Valium can be extremely dangerous and cause life-threatening health complications that the addict will not be able to control on his own. A supervised medical detox process is the safest and most effective way to get off of Valium. The patient will be monitored throughout the detox process, and the medical staff can manage the withdrawal process and slow it down if necessary. There are medications that the patient may receive that will help to alleviate some of the craving and withdrawal symptoms. Each patient will experience the detox differently depending on the severity of the addiction. Some of the serious Valium addiction withdrawal symptoms include:
- Respiratory distress
- Anxiety, hallucinations
- Personality changes
As you can see, Valium addiction withdrawal symptoms can be dangerous, and Valium addiction treatment should only be performed by addiction specialists. Valium should never be taken with other central nervous system depressants, because excessive depression of the respiratory system can result in breathing cessation, coma and death. Patients taking Valium should be monitored by their doctor to assure that abuse, tolerance and addiction do not occur.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), the most effective and successful type of treatment for prescription drug addiction is psychological and behavioral counseling and medications. Treatment should incorporate various components such as: detox, cognitive behavioral therapy and contingency management therapy. Medications should be administered if and when it is necessary. Psychological therapies for Valium addiction treatment may include individual and group counseling, family therapy, behavioral therapy, support group meetings, and relapse prevention. The patient should partake in an aftercare program after he leaves the rehab center. The support of these differing Valium addiction treatments will help the patient maintain sobriety and begin to lead a happy, productive life again.
If you or a loved one needs help with abuse and/or treatment, please call the White Sands Treatment Center 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.