According to WebMD, Valium belongs to the class of drugs known as benzodiazepine. These drugs are sometimes called ‘benzos’ by people who are taking them for nonmedical reasons. Valium is often prescribed by doctors for anxiety, sleep disturbances, panic attacks, muscle relaxation and other issues in which a mild tranquilizer could be helpful.
Many people take Valium for problems that are thought to be temporary responses to life changes, such as the anxiety of a transitioning period or difficulty sleeping. Health experts, such as WebMD, suggest that Valium be taken only in the short term. Otherwise it is easy to become addicted to the drug so your body may become reliant on its effects in order to sleep or to relieve anxiety.
A report issued by the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA) in December 2011 noted that roughly 7 million people in the United States are current nonmedical users of pyschotherapeutic drugs. Of those, about 2.2 million people use tranquilizers, such as Valium. This use is particularly dangerous when combined with other drugs or with alcohol.
Because it is known as a CNS drug, or a drug that directly affects the central nervous system, Valium addiction is quite common. The NIDA also notes that because Valium is physically addicting as well as being physiologically addicting, discontinuing its use without the guidance and support of a professional who is trained in breaking this cycle can result in serious side effects. For example, one such symptom of withdrawal from the drug are life threatening seizures.
Symptoms of Valium Addiction
There are a number of symptoms that you need to be aware of when it comes to Valium addiction. A few of these are listed below.
- dilated pupils
- needle marks
- slow speech
- reduced coordination in movements
- different eating habits
- excessive fatigue
- puffy and swollen face
- significant change in hygiene and physical appearance
- unkempt looking
- slow movements
There is also a set of symptoms that is often occurs when a person is trying to withdraw from their Valium addiction.
- muscle pain,
- epileptic seizures
- tingling and numbness of the extremities
These symptoms can be extreme following the abrupt discontinuation of Valium. This is the primary reason why this abruptness is strongly discouraged without the guidance of a trained professional. This professional is one who will craft a suitable treatment plan that includes a gradual tapering of the dosage of Valium.
Another symptom that is often seen when a person is withdrawing from a Valium addiction is rebound anxiety. This condition involves a return of the anxiety that often prompted the person to seek help in the first place. This anxiety is often much more intense at this stage.
Psychological, Social and Physical Effects of Valium Abuse
Valium addiction has both short term and long term effects. Knowing these effects can help you realize that you need help with your addiction. In addition, this can motivate you to seek help sooner so that you can get your life back from the grip of the drugs.
Some short term effects include:
- rapid heart rate
- stomach cramps
- rapid heart rate
- apathy for the world around you
As the Valium addiction continues, the side effects become far reaching, resulting in health problems that can be quite serious and permanent. Some of these long term side effects can even result in death.
- difficulty breathing
- memory loss
- heart attack
- slowed pulse
Valium Addiction Treatment
Valium addiction is a condition that should not be taken lightly. While it is very easy to become addicted to this drug, ridding yourself of its effects can be difficult without the proper help. This is because the drug works directly on the central nervous system, making it addicting both physically and physiologically.
Because the withdrawal symptoms of a Valium addiction are so serious, they require the intervention of a trained professional. At Cliffside Malibu, our entire staff has the special expertise and knowledge that allows them to provide the support and guidance you need to withdraw in a safe manner. We have helped thousands of people just like yourself take their lives back, away from the clutches of this powerful and mind altering drug.
Beginning with your intake, we welcome you to our exclusive facility. We tailor your treatment plan to your own unique needs with a goal of getting you stronger so you can enjoy your life. We do this by offering a range of therapy options, including one-on-one therapy, spiritual counseling, transtheoretical psychology, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).
Getting Help With Valium Addiction
Though your Valium addiction can seem overwhelming, there is hope. Cliffside Malibu is ready to help you reach your goal of being addiction free. We offer many services that ensure that you receive the finest in care and support. Because we understand that you are a complex and many faceted person whose mind, soul and body are all intertwined, we offer a holistic approach that addresses each one on its own terms.
Once you call us, we can start you on the process that allows you to obtain the care and support you need to battle your addiction. However, you will not have to fight this battle alone. Using our top notch, evidence based therapies, along with additional support choices, such as acupuncture, meditation and massage, we craft a treatment plan that gives you everything you need to successfully beat the hold Valium has on you. We offer spa services and yoga in order to relax your mind and your body. For your dining pleasure, the finest ingredients are prepared by the top chefs in the area who strive to make meals that are both flavorful and delicious.
We offer you the best care when you contact Cliffside Malibu today. Starting with a confidential phone call, we then guide you through the entire process. There is no commitment when you call us at 800-501-1988.