Valium Addiction: Valium is a benzodiazepine that is both physically and psychologically addictive. As with all addictions, conquering the physical addiction is the vital first step in beginning the journey to recovery. It is the fear of this process that keeps users addicted long after the initial positive effects of the medication have become negative. It’s difficult for someone with a legitimate disorder, such as anxiety, to accept when they have become chemically dependant on a prescription medication. Many begin noticing that it takes a higher dosage to achieve the desired effect from the pill. Once a user builds a tolerance and continues to increase their dosage, addiction sets in. At Summer House patients are treated with detox medication to safely wean off of Valium. Therapists and relaxation activities are available to conquer the psychological addiction which is just as powerful as the psychical one.
Signs of Withdrawal: Withdrawal symptoms of Valium may include vomiting, abdominal and muscle cramps, tremors, sweating, and convulsions. At Summer House our staff ensures patients’ comfort and safety by monitoring vital signs and comfort level. Patients meet with the doctor regularly to discuss their progress.
The Solution: Summer House effectively frees Valium addicts from the chains of addiction. The fear of coping with everyday life can be overwhelming for an addict. Changing one’s way of life is never easy, but it is essential to growth and finding hope for the future.
Valium addiction is a very serious and sometimes life threatening dilemma. Not only is it difficult for the addict, it is extremely hard on those around them who care about them. For the addict, admitting they have an addiction problem can be difficult. However painful this may be, it must be acknowledged as the first gradient to overcoming the problem. The next hurdle is being willing to seek & accept help from an addiction professional. It can be hard for an addict to confront the fact that they can not do it alone. Once this fact is accepted, it is time to seek the appropriate professional treatment. Drug rehab programs based on the social education modality are highly successful. This means that individuals who are recovering from Valium addiction are not made wrong for their past indiscretions, but are taught how to avoid future ones. They are provided with knowledge on how to change their lives and how to live comfortably without Valium. Receiving treatment for addiction should be done in a safe & stable environment that is conducive to addiction recovery. Research studies show that residential treatment programs of at least 3 months in duration have the best success rates. 3 months may seem like a long time, but one day in the life of an individual addicted to Valium can feel like an eternity. Addiction is a self imposed hellish slavery. The chains can be broken people do it everyday. You can be free!
Drug rehabilitation is a multi-phase, multi-faceted, long term process. Detoxification is only the first step on the road of addiction treatment. Physical detoxification alone is not sufficient to change the patterns of a drug addict. Recovery from addiction involves an extended process which usually requires the help of drug addiction professionals. To make a successful recovery, the addict needs new tools in order to deal with situations and problems which arise. Factors such as encountering someone from their days of using, returning to the same environment and places, or even small things such as smells and objects trigger memories which can create psychological stress. This can hinder the addict's goal of complete recovery, thus not allowing the addict to permanently regain control of his or her life.
Almost all addicts tell themselves in the beginning that they can conquer their addiction on their own without the help of outside resources. Unfortunately, this is not usually the case. When an addict makes an attempt at detoxification and to discontinue drug use without the aid of professional help, statistically the results do not last long. Research into the effects of long-term addiction has shown that substantial changes in the way the brain functions are present long after the addict has stopped using drugs. Realizing that a drug addict who wishes to recover from their addiction needs more than just strong will power is the key to a successful recovery. Battling not only cravings for their drug of choice, re-stimulation of their past and changes in the way their brain functions, it is no wonder that quitting drugs without professional help is an uphill battle.
Q) What is Valium?
A) Valium is a drug of the Benzodiazepine sedative class. Valium (diazepam) acts on the limbic, thalmic and hypothalmic regions of the central nervous system to potentiate the effects of inhibitory neurotransmitters.
Q) Is the difference between Valium and Diazepam?
A) There is no actual difference between Valium and Diazepam. Diazepam is the generic form of Valium which is the name brand manufactured by Roche.
Q) What does Valium look like?
A) Valium in mainly available in tablets. The 2mg tablet is white, the 5mg tablet is yellow, and the 10mg tablet is blue.
Q) How is Valium used?
A) Valium is usually taken orally in tablet form but is also manufactured in an intravenous form.
Q) When are the effects of Valium general felt?
A) The effects of Valium are felt within thirty minutes after taking it orally and one to five minutes after injection.
Q) What side effects may occur with the use and abuse of Valium?
A) Common side effects of Valium are clumsiness and sleepiness. Although, some experience abdominal cramps, blurred vision, dry mouth, racing heartbeat / palpitations, shaking / slurred speech, urination problems, convulsions, hallucinations, memory loss, trouble breathing, staggering / trembling, headache or confusion.
Q) What are the symptoms of a Valium overdose?
A) The symptoms of a Valium overdose include coma, confusion, diminished reflexes and sleepiness.
Q) Is Valium considered addictive?
A) Yes, Valium is considered addictive. The user builds a tolerance and feels the need to increase the amount they take to achieve the same "high". Over a period of time Valium becomes physically and psychologically addictive.
Q) Once addicted to Valium is there a withdrawal that comes with ending usage?
A) Yes, the withdrawal symptoms of Valium are similar to those of other barbiturates and alcohol which included: convulsions, tremor, abdominal and muscle cramps, vomiting and sweating. Consequently, after extended abuse, abrupt discontinuation should generally be avoided and a gradual dosage tapering schedule followed.
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