Knowing that you have an addiction can be quite scary, and unfortunately, drugs like this one often become addictions without their users ever intending for it to happen.
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Valium (whose generic name is diazepam) is a prescribed drug that was first developed in the 1960s. During those days, it seemed as though everyone had a very flippant attitude about using prescription drugs, and according to popular stereotypes, Valium was often given to housewives to alleviate their stress and anxiety. Of course, it was also used in a variety of other settings and purposes as well. It has a calming effect on you when you take it, which makes it an attractive choice to anyone who suffers from anxiety.
Valium is commonly referred to on the street by the names, benzos, downers and Vs, and it’s actually very easy to get without a prescription. Those who choose this method will use it by crushing the tablets and snorting them to get high.
Valium abuse always happens before Valium addiction. If you’ve been taking it for any period of time, then you’ve probably noticed that you have needed to increase your dosage. It’s also possible that you’ve taken it more frequently than it was prescribed, just because the effects you’re experiencing aren’t the same as they were in the beginning. These are just some of the ways that abuse occurs, and when these behaviors are repeated too often, Valium addiction can result.
If you believe that you’ve become addicted to Valium, it’s very important for you to get professional help if you want to stop. Valium withdrawal can cause you to go right back to using, and relapsing can only drive you further into your addiction. Valium may be a very addictive sedative, but when you get professional help, you can recover from this addiction. Recovery may include:
Right now, it may feel as though you need to take Valium in order to manage your day to day activities. The idea of going without it might make you nervous, but the short and long term effects of continued Valium abuse and addiction can have a devastating impact on you.
In many ways, taking Valium produces effects that are similar to drinking alcohol. While it’s not uncommon for people to take Valium and drink alcohol at the same time, many people produce these effects by continually increasing their dosages of Valium alone.
Valium abuse always occurs before Valium addiction sets in. There are some indicators that Valium abuse is occurring if you’re concerned about yourself or someone you love, and these include:
You don’t have to be using Valium for a long period of time in order to experience any of these effects.
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As you may have guessed, if you’ve been taking Valium for a long time, you have probably become addicted. While you might still experience many of the short term effects of this drug, the long term effects can begin manifesting as well. These Valium addiction symptoms can include memory loss, hallucinations, coma and heart attack.
As far as Valium addiction behaviors go, you can identify a Valium addiction if you become agitated easily because it’s been too long since your last dose. In addition, sometimes Valium addiction behaviors develop in patterns that are similar to the way Alzheimer’s or dementia patients respond.
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As with other types of drugs, when Valium is stopped abruptly, it’s normal to expect some level of withdrawal. Valium withdrawal symptoms can be mild in some people, but in others, they raise a great deal of concern. Mild symptoms might include nausea, insomnia, irritability, blurred vision and ringing in the ears. It’s also common to experience a reemergence of your original symptoms. This can be difficult for many people because they don’t want to experience anxiety and apprehension again.
Other, more serious Valium withdrawal symptoms can include blood pressure problems, heart issues, muscle and joint pain, hallucinations and Grand Mal seizures.
These withdrawal symptoms often cause people to think twice about stopping their use of Valium. However, there is a right way to quit that will reduce the severity of these symptoms, or even eliminate them altogether. By tapering off the drug, and by going to drug detox, the physical part of your addiction can be addressed successfully. You’ll also be monitored for any medical complications, which should put your mind at ease.
Here at Northpoint Recovery, we offer some of the top Valium addiction treatment options in the Pacific Northwest. By providing our patients with their own personal treatment plans and by maintaining a small population, our patients are able to get the help they need to recover. If you would like to learn more about how to get help for your Valium addiction, please contact us today.