Valium is a potent benzodiazepine, usually prescribed as the generic “Diazepam,” and is prescribed to treat anxiety and panic attacks. Users can easily become addicted, though, as they quickly develop a tolerance and need to keep upping their dose to achieve the same relief. Even though many Valium users had a legitimate need to take benzos at first, it’s common for patients to notice that their prescribed dosage no longer has the same effect it once did. Users may notice that the feelings of intense relaxation and euphoria they used to experience can only be achieved with more pills. Eventually, anxiety becomes even more acute, as users experienced cravings and become fixated on where they will get their next pills.
The good news is that there is hope. Turn to The Carter Treatment Center to break free from the chains of addiction. We are committed to helping patients get clean from Valium addiction.
Am I Addicted to Valium?
It can be difficult to admit to an addiction, especially if you were prescribed pills to manage anxiety. Many people underestimate the abuse potential of prescription drugs, but these are actually some of the more commonly abused than street drugs. If you become antsy and irritable when you don’t have access to more pills, or if you’re taking more pills to get the same effect, it could be a sign of growing dependence.
Many who are addicted to Valium experience both physical and psychological addiction and need more and more pills to function. This can put a huge strain on relationships as users lose interest in things they used to care about, including work or school.
Warning signs of Valium addiction include:
- Experiencing withdrawal, including symptoms of dizziness, tremors, and nausea
- Isolation and secretiveness about Valium usage
- Drowsiness, dozing off, or passing out in public
- Mood swings and irritability
- “Doctor shopping” to obtain more Valium prescriptions
- Taking Valium when you don’t feel anxious
- Restless leg syndrome
Dangers of Valium Abuse
Valium and other benzodiazepines interfere with the way the body transmits electrical signals between the brain and nervous system. This can be helpful when used moderately and prescribed as doctors to treat anxiety, but when abused it creates a serious imbalance. Overactive brain signals can cause seizures, tremors, and convulsions. It can also increase feelings of anxiety, making users feel restless and irritated. Restless leg syndrome is a common side effect of valium abuse.
Valium was designed to last for a long time, which makes the adverse symptoms worse for users abusing the drug. The altering effects valium has on the brain can make addictions more severe.
How Valium Abuse Stays Hidden
Because it is a prescription drug used to treat anxiety, valium abusers come up with many ways to rationalize their dependence on the drug. Concerned friends or family members may have a hard time discussing their concerns, as the abuser may claim that this is what the drug is supposed to do and anyone who doesn’t take it just doesn’t understand.
It does not help that people suffering from anxiety often come from households where family members have a difficult time communicating with each other. This makes it even more difficult to broach the subject of addiction with someone abusing Valium.
If you believe someone you love is struggling with an addiction, contact The Carter Treatment Center for help.
Inpatient or Outpatient Treatment?
Inpatient rehab treatment is usually recommended for patients who have been struggling with addiction for a long time. This will provide patients an opportunity to remove themselves from stressors and temptations that led them to abuse Xanax while starting their recovery. Our facility offers a variety of alternative therapies to keep patients busy throughout the day and build life skills.
Many people enroll in outpatient treatment after their inpatient program has completed. In cases where the addiction is not severe enough that users have a significant threat of relapse, this can serve as a good place to start treatment. Patients meet with outpatient rehab professionals several times throughout the week to discuss the struggles and successes with recovery, as well as examine the circumstances that led to their addiction in the first place.
Two Rehab Facility Locations for Your Convenience: Suwanee & Cumming
We believe anyone can recover from drug addiction and overcome the toll it takes on them mentally, physically, and emotionally. At The Carter Treatment Center, we have extensive outpatient rehab services and offer alternative therapies that will appeal to your hobbies and interests as you take strides in your journey to sobriety.
Our centers are located in Cumming and Suwanee, Georgia, and we provide drug rehab for patients residing in Dawsonville, Canton, Milton, John’s Creek, Gainesville, Alpharetta, Roswell, Duluth, Buford, Lawrenceville, Peachtree Corners, and Gwinnett County. Contact us online or call us at (678) 737-4430 to learn more.
What is the definition of addiction?
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