There are millions of people struggling with Valium dependency and or Valium Addiction in the United States today. The most commonly affected by Valium Dependency or Valium Addiction is the person whom was prescribed Valium to address a temporary stressful life situation (which later was resolved) and has continued taking Valium as prescribed for several years or longer. Some Valium users take more Valium than they are prescribed or seek multiple Valium prescriptions from more than one doctor. Then there are those addicted to Valium that buy it off the street or borrow Valium from others. It doesn’t matter how your Valium Dependency or Valium Addiction started, or how your Valium Dependency or Valium Addiction progressed. There is only one way to comfortably and safely end your Valium Dependency or Valium Addiction and that is in a licensed treatment center and medical detox where you are monitored 24/7.
Valium Withdrawal and Valium Detox Can Be Deadly! It can also be Safe and Comfortable
With that said there is a comfortable and safe way to end Valium Dependency or Valium Addiction. If you find yourself in fact addicted to or dependent on Valium, you need to better understand what the Valium withdrawal and detox process is like. If not medically supervised by trained professionals the withdrawals from Valium can be extremely painful and in some occasions even result in death. The Valium withdrawal timeline is typically experienced in two different segments: Acute withdrawal symptoms which happen after the first 3-4 days, and Post-acute withdrawal symptoms which happen in the following 7-10 days. A safe, comfortable, and medical detox process is highly recommended in order to ease the symptoms and get through it as best as possible.
Acute Valium Withdrawal Symptoms
The symptoms of Valium withdrawal tend to be the most severe in the first few days. This is when extreme instances and even death can occur if not overseen by a medical professional. Otherwise known as the acute withdrawal phase, some of the symptoms in the first 3-4 days can include:
- An increase craving for Valium
- Stomach cramps
- Severe Anxiety
- Panic Attacks
- Reduced Appetite
Post-Acute Valium Withdrawal Symptoms:
After the initial acute withdrawal phase, the next phase otherwise known as post-acute withdrawal occurs. What is typically experienced during the following 7-10 days is mostly mental and emotional focused. That is why during this time light therapy is recommended to accompany. Some of the post-acute Valium withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Trouble experiencing pleasure
- Mood swings
Why Does Valium Addiction Happen?
Valium addiction happens more often than you would think and in this report is on the rise, because of it’s addictive nature and being commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, and even seizures. Valium is a fast acting Benzodiazepine prescription medication that can be prescribed at different doses depending on your physicians guidance. These pills are typically color coded in blue, yellow, or orange and inscribed with a small “V”. It is typically prescribed for everyday and multiple times per day use.
While the use of Valium can reduce the effects of anxiety, muscle spasms and seizures, the overwhelming calming effect of the drug or feeling of “coming down” as well as the dependence on taking it is what can lead to Valium addiction. Illegal or more than prescribed use of the drug can often lead towards harder drug use such as Heroin or Fentanyl. If you are prescribed Valium and are worried about a family member stealing the medication for illegal use of it, always make sure to lock it away or keep it hidden and unknown.
Valium Effects and Addiction Symptoms
Valium effects can vary slightly from person to person, however the effects are similar to that of other fast acting Benzodiazepines like Xanax. When taken as prescribed, the effects of Valium start off as intended, to help with anxiety or whatever reason it is that you are taking them in the first place. As your tolerance to Valium builds, the need to take more and more of it becomes common, often leading to more than what is prescribed by your doctor. Common Valium effects are but not limited to:
- Stress Relief
- An intense calmness
- Can enhance the effects of other drugs
Valium addiction symptoms can develop over time when using the drug incorrectly. These symptoms are similar to that of other Benzodiazepines. If you are struggling with Valium addiction and need help, Beginnings Treatment Centers have years of experience helping others recover from Valium addiction. Some of these symptoms can include:
- Stealing money or other people’s prescriptions to support the use of Valium
- Strong cravings for it after not taking it for a period of time
- Loss of interest in activities
- Loss of motivation to see friends and family members
- Continued use after knowing or being told it has become a problem
How to Avoid a Valium Relapse
If your use of Valium has indeed become a problem and you are looking to stop using it, you need to be aware of how to best do this. Weaning off of it incorrectly often leads to a Valium relapse. Relapses happen in recovery. However, we want to make sure this doesn’t happen to you and that you are equipped with what you need to avoid relapsing all together. Quitting cold turkey or weaning off of it yourself is not recommended. We are left to our own devices and when there is no one keeping track of our use but ourselves, we are far more likely to relapse and take it again. Quitting cold-turkey is also highly not recommended. If you have developed a dependence to Valium, quitting cold-turkey can lead to dangerous and painful withdrawal symptoms. A medically supervised detox and taper by professionals like our highly credentialed staff will assure your complete safety and as much comfort as possible.
Find Valium Addiction Treatment Today
If things have gotten a little out of control, don’t worry. The good thing about Valium addiction is that there is expert help out there. Whether you or someone you know needs valium addiction treatment, we encourage you to give us a call or live chat with one of our trained professionals! At Beginnings Treatment Centers, we have an amazing track record of helping individuals and their families recover from Valium and all types of drug and alcohol addiction. Our trained staff will guide you through the entire recovery process and create a customized recovery plan for you based on your needs. You can start your recovery journey today by reaching out. All calls and live chats are confidential and we are here to help.