Is your loved one experiencing Valium addiction symptoms? Learn how detox at White Sands Treatment Center can help.
Valium is a benzodiazepine sedative drug that is often prescribed to treat anxiety and panic attacks, seizures, muscle spasms and sleep disorders. Valium addiction is common in the U.S. because many patients who are prescribed the drug abuse it by increasing the recommended dosage or time intervals between dosing. Valium abuse often leads to Valium addiction symptoms cropping up, and this should be a warning sign to the user that they are addicted to the drug.
Anyone who is addicted to Valium can become mentally and physically challenged by the drug, especially the elderly who may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug. Some Valium addiction symptoms to be aware of are:
- Intense euphoria
- Relaxation, dizziness, drowsiness, sedation
- Slurred speech, blurred vision
- Confusion, amnesia, hallucinations, anxiety, anger, delusions
- Sleep problems, nightmares
- Reduced heart rate, heart attack
- Incontinence or difficulty urinating
- Extreme respiratory depression
- Shock, coma and suicide
Valium is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant and it should never be taken with alcohol or other CNS depressant drugs because the result could be fatal. Many people who are addicted to Valium also have co-occurring mental health issues such as bi-polar disorder, anxiety disorder, PTSD, chronic depression and schizophrenia. If you have a mental health issue and are self-medicating with Valium you should speak with your mental health counselor to find a better way to treat your problems.
Other people who seem to be at a high risk for drug dependence are:
- People who have been physically or sexually abused as children
- A history of drug or alcohol abuse in the home
- Personality disorders
- People with physical or mental health issues
Anyone struggling with Valium abuse and addiction can experience dangerous withdrawal symptoms if they try to reduce or stop their intake of the drug. This is a vicious cycle that keeps the addict continuously using the drug even though they may have a desire to stop. The safest way for a Valium addict to stop using the drug is to seek professional help at a drug treatment center. A medically supervised detox can be performed to gradually wean the addict off of the drug, while keeping him stable and safe. Medications can be administered to help relieve the addict of drug cravings and other withdrawal symptoms.
Each person experiences withdrawal from Valium differently depending on how much of the drug they used and for how long. Some of the many Valium addiction withdrawal symptoms that the addict may experience include:
- Depression, anxiety, irritability, confusion, panic
- Insomnia, restlessness
- Muscle cramps
- Sweating, vomiting
- Extreme photo-sensitivity
- Tremors, seizures
Because Valium is a long-acting benzodiazepine drug that is meant to offer extended time-release in the body, Valium addiction withdrawal symptoms usually take longer to begin than other benzodiazepine drugs. In some cases of severe Valium addiction, it can take up to seven days before withdrawal symptoms appear. Depending on the severity of Valium abuse, Valium addiction withdrawal symptoms can last from four to six weeks. A Valium addiction withdrawal symptoms timeline shows that symptoms can commence in the first 24 to 48 hours. Withdrawal symptoms usually peak during the second week after stopping the drug. Symptoms can continue up to week 4 but will start to taper off.
After the patient has successfully completed the detox process he should begin a series of psychological and behavioral therapies such as: individual and group counseling, family therapy, relapse prevention and support group meetings. Some drug treatment centers offer alternative therapies that embrace a holistic approach to healing. For a successful recovery from Valium addiction the patient should remain in the recovery program for at least ninety days or more, to acclimate himself to the many changes that must occur for him to live a sober, drug-free life.
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.