Valium Addiction Treatment

Valium is a type of benzodiazepine, a sedative drug that is often prescribed by doctors to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures. It is also used to treat the symptoms from alcohol withdrawal. Valium’s generic name is diazepam and comes in tablet or liquid form. Street names for Valium include Vs, Yellow Vs, Blue Vs, benzos or tranks.

Valium affects the gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) levels in the brain, reducing hyperactivity and causing calming effects which include euphoria, relaxation, less anxiety and sleepiness. However, the risk of Valium addiction or Valium abuse is high, especially when people take more than prescribed or without a prescription. Taking Valium for longer than four months, even under doctor’s orders, also raises the risk of Valium addiction.

Unlike other types of drugs, most people don’t necessarily take valium to get high. They often take it for its calming or euphoric effects or to help them sleep. They may also take it without realizing they can become addicted to Valium, believing it to be safe because it is a legal drug. They may develop tolerance to the drug, and end up taking more just to feel the same effects as before. They can take too much and overdose.

If someone is abusing Valium, there are common symptoms to look for. Side effects of Valium abuse include:

  • Dry mouth
  • Changes in appetite and mood swings
  • Blurred vision
  • Memory and concentration problems
  • Clumsiness, slowed reflexes and other motor difficulties
  • Sleeping difficulties and lethargy
  • Severe withdrawal symptoms when not taking the drug

Valium addiction also has certain signs. These include:

  • Doctor shopping — obtaining multiple prescriptions from different doctors to obtain more Valium
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when not taking Valium
  • An increased reliance on Valium in order to get through everyday life
  • Depression
  • Aggressive behavior
  • Episodes of psychosis
  • Abuse of other drugs, including alcohol
  • Permanent mental impairments

Valium abuse and Valium addiction are serious problems; a person may be unable to function without the drug and it can affect every aspect of their life. They will need to seek valium addiction treatment.

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Treatment for Valium Addiction

Undertaking Valium addiction treatment should not be done without the help of medical professionals. One of the first steps toward treating Valium addiction is going through medical detox, where someone lessens or stops using Valium with their withdrawal symptoms being treated by medical professionals. Valium withdrawal symptoms be severe and life-threatening, and can include increased anxiety including panic attacks, muscle aches, gastrointestinal problems and seizures.

Medical detox for Valium addiction is only the first step of treatment, however. The reasons someone became addicted should also be addressed by counselors and therapists. That way the factors that led to a person’s addiction in the first place can be overcome. Any co-occurring illnesses, e.g., a person who has Valium addiction and depression, must be diagnosed and treated as well. Without treatment, the person’s risk of relapse is high.

Valium Addiction Treatment at Sovereign Health

For those seeking Valium addiction treatment, Sovereign Health of Florida offers the services they need. Our team of medical professionals creates a customized plan for each individual patient that determines what the best treatment options are for them and to diagnose any co-occurring illnesses.

Patients who need medical detox can seek treatment at our Fort Myers’ facility. They can join our residential treatment program, where they can relax on the waterfront while receiving 24-7 medical and nonmedical care.

Counseling and therapy services are provided at both our Fort Myers and Pompano Beach facilities. Individual therapy, group therapy, process groups and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) are available. Holistic therapies are offered as well, such as yoga or art therapy. Our therapy services focus not only on addressing addiction, but also teaching people the skills they need to live drug-free and healthy lives.

Once a patient has finished their treatment program at Sovereign Health, the road to recovery is only beginning. To ensure a patient’s successful recovery, we offer our patients a number of continuing care programs, such as meetings and educational events. This way, patients can continue to get the support they need.

If you or someone you love is struggling with Valium addiction, you are not alone. Contact Sovereign Health’s 24/7 helpline for more information about our Valium addiction treatment programs.

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