Valium Abuse & Addiction in Ohio
Ohio currently faces a prescription drug problem. This is mainly focused on opiates. However, prescription benzodiazepines are also a problem for many residents of Ohio – in cities like Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati. One of the most commonly abused benzodiazepines is Valium. The abuse of valium is widespread across Ohio as well as the rest of the nation.
Valium is one of the most widely prescribed medications. Like other benzodiazepines, it is typically prescribed for anxiety. Below we will take a look at Valium and Valium addiction.
Understanding Valium Abuse
Valium is the brand name of the generic drug known as diazepam. Valium is a benzodiazepine that is typically prescribed for anxiety and panic disorder. It works by affecting brain activity and chemicals as well as the central nervous system. It can also be prescribed for symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
While there are legitimate medical uses for Valium, it also has a very high potential for abuse, and Valium abuse is extremely common. While it should be taken as prescribed, many people do not take it as they are supposed to take it or they will take it illegally without a prescription. Ideally, Valium should only be prescribed in the short term because of the potential of abuse. If it is taken for a longer period, there can be withdrawal symptoms when it is stopped.
Understanding Valium Addiction
So is Valium addictive? The answer is quite simple. The drug is extremely addictive. Even if you begin taking it because of a legitimate prescription, there is still the potential for Valium addiction. Some people report becoming addicted to the medication after taking it for just a few weeks. It’s so addictive because not only is it psychologically addictive, but anyone who takes it for longer than two weeks will develop a physical dependence. This means that stopping the medication after this point can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms. In addition to being uncomfortable, these symptoms can be dangerous, even deadly.
Why is Valium addictive? It’s believed to cause addiction because of the way that it affects the central nervous system as well as the brain. Like other drugs that are addictive, when Valium is taken, it triggers your brain to release feel-good chemicals like dopamine. This can cause a change in your brain’s pleasure and reward centers so that the brain thinks it needs the substance to release feel-good chemicals.
It should also be noted that benzodiazepines create a physical dependence. This is different from addiction, which is psychological in nature. When Valium is taken for longer than two weeks, the body becomes used to its presence, and if the medication is stopped after this time, not only will there be withdrawal symptoms, but there will be intense rebound anxiety.
Many people remain addicted to Valium because they don’t want to go through the Valium withdrawal process. They are scared of the rebound anxiety or withdrawal symptoms. This is understandable. However, this is why it’s important to go through Valium detox in a facility that offers medically-supervised detox.
The Potential for Valium Addiction
What causes a person to be likely to become addicted to Valium? If you have a history of substance abuse issues or addiction issues, unfortunately, you will have a high potential for Valium abuse and Valium addiction.
There are many ways that people can abuse Valium. They may simply take more than they are prescribed or take it more frequently than they are prescribed. They may crush it up and snort it, which can create a more rapid high. They may mix it with other substances like alcohol or opiates.
Are Valium abuse and Valium addiction the same thing? No. However, the longer that you abuse Valium, the more likely it is that you will develop a Valium addiction. Fortunately, if you are suffering from a Valium addiction, there is hope. The Recovery Village Columbus offers treatment options for those who are suffering from a Valium addiction in Ohio. If you or a loved one is struggling, please give us a call today.
Valium Withdrawal Symptoms
There are many different Valium withdrawal symptoms that are possible like:
- Sleep disturbances
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heart palpitations
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle aches
- Sensitivity to light
- Blurred vision
- Tremors or shakes
- Memory or concentration problems
There may also be psychological Valium withdrawal symptoms such as:
The psychological symptoms can be the most difficult thing to overcome for many people who are struggling with Valium addiction. The rebound anxiety can be particularly difficult as Valium was probably prescribed to treat anxiety in the first place.
Because of the risks associated with a Valium detox, the best option is typically a professional medically-supervised detox such as that at The Recovery Village Columbus.
Valium Withdrawal Timeline
Everyone is different, but for the majority of people who have become dependent on Valium, the following timeline is a general Valium withdrawal timeline that is typical:
- Typically, the initial stage of Valium withdrawal will start on days one to four of the withdrawal process. The half-life of Valium can be longer than the half-life of other benzodiazepines. This means that there will be a delayed onset of Valium withdrawal symptoms that may occur. Some of the different factors that can play a role in when your withdrawal symptoms will begin include your age and metabolism, how long you abused Valium and how much of a dose you were on. Usually, the symptoms in this stage are physical such as headaches, vomiting, nausea and stomach cramps. Some people may also experience psychological symptoms.
- The next stage of Valium withdrawal symptoms can last anywhere from day 5 to day 28. The most severe symptoms like seizures typically happen within the first 12 days if they are going to happen.
- After symptoms have peaked – typically around a week after the last dose of Valium – they will start to subside. Rebound symptoms usually occur after two weeks.
- In the majority of cases, after about three to four weeks, symptoms will begin to normalize and subside.
A tapering off schedule may be the best thing for people who are heavy or long-term users of Valium. This means that under medical supervision, the patient will be given doses to wean them off of the drug. It can help to lessen withdrawal symptoms. However, this typically must be done under medical supervision.
Valium Detox in Ohio
A professional medically-supervised detox is essential when you are going through Valium detox. This is because with some of the more dangerous symptoms like seizures, Valium withdrawal can be dangerous. You can also decrease your chance of relapsing by seeking supervision from healthcare professionals throughout the Valium detox process.
While there are many dedicated detox centers, the best course of action when pursuing Valium detox is to attend a medically-supervised detox program in a full-service facility so that you can begin an inpatient treatment program after you have gone through Valium detox. While a detox center will address the physical symptoms of your Valium addiction, it is during a treatment program that the psychological, mental and emotional aspects of your addiction will be addressed.
Valium Addiction Treatment & Rehab
If you live in a city like Columbus or Cleveland or if you live in any other town in Ohio, Valium rehab is available if you need it. It’s very important, though, that you select the right rehab program.
Treatment will need to be individualized to account for your unique circumstances and your personal situation. At a professional treatment center like The Recovery Village Columbus, addiction specialists will sit down with you to formulate an individualized treatment plan that will work for your particular needs.
When you go to drug rehab, you may be in need of an inpatient program or you may be in need of an outpatient program. You may even be in need of a combination of the two. It’s important that you do your research and make a well-informed decision about the Valium treatment that you need.
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