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Each year, millions of people receive Valium prescriptions to help with anxiety, muscle spasms and tics, and other psychological or neurological problems. Unfortunately, Valium is a benzodiazepine and, thus, has a high potential for addiction and misuse. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), patients can become dependent on Valium after 2 or more weeks of daily use. Although dependence is not the same thing as drug addiction, it can be a sign of a more serious drug problem.
Valium can become addictive with both prescription and recreational use. If you are concerned about your Valium use, it may be time to ask for help. Chattanooga Recovery Center is here to guide you through your first steps toward sobriety.
Call us at (423) 226-5331 today to discuss your situation with our compassionate team.
At Chattanooga Recovery Center, we walk alongside you as you work to overcome your addiction to live a sober life.
What Is Valium?
Valium is the leading brand of diazepam, a benzodiazepine that calms abnormal activity in the brain. Diazepam is similar to alprazolam (Xanax), as they are both used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. Valium, however, is also used to ease the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal and control muscle spasticity and seizures.
Both drugs work by boosting the activity of a neurotransmitter called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in the brain, which relieves anxiety and panic. Unfortunately, people can become addicted to this feeling of relaxation and calm. Additionally, many people experience “rebound symptoms” of panic and anxiety when the medication starts to wear off, leading them to take another dose before the next one is due. Some people even take Valium without a prescription for the associated feelings of peace and sedation.
Whether you are using Valium outside of a prescription or your prescription use is becoming worrisome, Chattanooga Recovery Center can help.
How Do I Know If I Am Addicted to Valium?
The longer you take Valium, the higher your risk of addiction. Higher doses can also increase your risk. That being said, anyone can develop a Valium addiction – even with perfect prescription use.
Signs and symptoms of Valium addiction include:
- Using and wanting to use Valium on a regular basis
- Having an intense urge to use Valium
- Losing interest in other activities in favor of Valium use
- Taking more Valium or feeling its effects for longer than you mean to
- Performing poorly at work or school
- Relationship problems
- Keeping a constant supply of Valium on hand
- “Doctor shopping” to obtain Valium
- Purchasing Valium illegally
- Spending money you don’t have on Valium
- Risky behavior while on Valium (i.e., driving and unprotected sex)
- Needing more and more Valium to feel its effects (tolerance)
- Feeling bad when you stop taking Valium (withdrawal)
- Continuing to use Valium despite associated risks, difficulties, and problems
- Trying and failing to stop using Valium
Symptoms of Valium Withdrawal
- Nausea/ stomach pain
- Increase heart rate
- Mood swings
If you cannot stop taking Valium on your own, there is no shame in asking for help. Similarly, seeking professional guidance may be the best option if you are worried about a loved one.
Chattanooga Recovery Center has programs to fit every lifestyle – don’t hesitate to reach out for more information.
Long Term Effects of Valium Addiction
- Memory loss
- Sleeping issues
How Can I Recover From Valium Addiction?
Addiction treatment usually consists of therapy, workshops, and 12-step programs, but at Chattanooga Recovery Center, we take it a step further and offer holistic treatments, as well. If you are struggling with withdrawal symptoms, we also have a medication-assisted treatment option to help you detox as safely and comfortably as possible.
While recovery is difficult, it is not impossible, and our team is here to help make it easier. If you or someone you love needs help, one phone call could change their life.