Valium Addiction at PVRC
At PVRC’s Valium Addiction Rehab, we find it necessary for our clients addicted to valium to learn as much as possible about this widely misunderstood substance. Valium is a benzodiazepine prescribed by medical doctors and psychiatrists to treat anxiety and panic attacks. It is also used as a muscle relaxant and sedative. Valium is effective because it both replaces chemicals produced in the brain and slows down unusually fast electrical activity. When absorbed in our systems, valium will create general feelings of relaxation, which helps explain why it is so addictive. Other effects a person may experience while under the influence of valium include: drowsiness, sedation, amnesia or memory problems, dizziness, muscle weakness, nausea, dilated eyes, vomiting, double vision, blurred vision, and loss of interest in sex. In 2010, it was estimated that 2.6 million people used a benzodiazepine for nonmedical reasons every month. In 2006, SAMHSA conducted a study of nationwide emergency rooms and discovered that sedative-hypnotics were the most frequently implicated prescription drug in emergency room visits (source: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682047.html).
Valium Addiction Symptoms at PVRC
One characteristic of valium is its tendency to create tolerance and addiction in those who use it. Tolerance means that after a short time of taking the substance, a person needs more and more of it to achieve the same effect. If they are taking this drug as a result of a doctor’s recommendation, the doctor will need to increase the patient’s dosage. If a person is abusing the drug they have obtained illicitly, they will need to take more pills. Once a valium addiction is present, withdrawal symptoms will occur if the person stops taking the drug. These withdrawal symptoms can be severe or even life-threatening. Some of the most common withdrawal symptoms associated with valium include, but are not limited to: anxiety, depression, panic attacks, odd sensations, nightmares, feeling as if you are outside your body, feelings of unreality, sweating, being unable to sleep, headache, tremor, feeling sick, feeling unsteady, palpitations, muscle spasms, and being oversensitive to light, sound and touch. In rare cases, convulsions (seizures) may occur. After the last dose of valium has been taken, withdrawal symptoms may persist for around 3-5 days.
Valium Addiction Rehab at PVRC
Because Valium is an extremely addictive sedative, and because abusers build high tolerances to the drug as they use more and more each time, we encourage valium addicts to choose an inpatient rehab program for treatment of their valium addiction. The disease, of course, will try and convince the user that they must rely on the drug to face the world, and thus are both physically and mentally dependent on it. Therefore, the first step in the recovery process is detoxification. During detox at PVRC, our clients are weaned off of valium in a safe and dignified manner. After a successful detox and treatment program, we find the most people who achieve true long-term sobriety will continue down this lifelong path through a combination of regular attendance at 12-step meetings, group and individual counseling, family therapy, relapse prevention, and aftercare.
If you or someone you love is suffering from valium addiction, recovery can begin today. Contact one of our admissions specialists at 866-737-4962 to find out if PVRC’s Valium Rehab is the right program for you.