Valium addiction can ruin a person’s life, no matter how it started. Some people start off taking Valium to catch up on sleep or cope with a long day, only to go down a slippery slope and begin depending on it. Others actively seek out prescriptions or purchase it illegally for its high, which is similar to that of alcohol intoxication. Turning Point, Inc. understands that it can be impossible to stop using Valium when you have an addiction, and even if you realize how harmful its effects are to your health and future. That’s why our New Jersey Valium addiction and detox facility offers a wide range of programs to target and carefully treat your addiction—from detoxification to rehab to relapse prevention. With more than 45 years of experience as a CARF accredited facility, we have the resources and knowledge to guide you to sobriety.
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Like many prescription drugs, Valium is underestimated as an addictive substance because it’s often prescribed by doctors. First approved in 1963 by the FDA, it was initially created to help people with the stressors of daily life. Valium is the brand name for diazepam, which is a type of benzodiazepine that calms the brain and nerves. Though it produces a calming effect, it’s also associated with side effects like dizziness, blurred vision, skin rash, and drowsiness.
In the past, doctors have prescribed the sedative to treat the following conditions:
However, Valium is commonly abused by patients and individuals for its pleasant sedative effects like calmness, and benzodiazepines are known for being highly addictive. What might just be one Valium a day to cope with life can quickly evolve into you feeling like you need to always be high on Valium to feel normal. This dependence can turn into addiction when you begin feeling withdrawal symptoms when you’re not using, or you feel powerless to stop.
It may not be obvious you or someone you care about has a Valium addiction, especially if the addiction develops slowly over time. As a result, it’s helpful to know some of the warning signs of addiction so you can seek professional help for your loved one or yourself before it’s too late, as addiction greatly increases your risk of overdose.
Some signs of Valium addiction include:
People with Valium addictions are also known to have strained relationships. If your loved one is isolating themselves from you or you have caught them lying or stealing from you, they may have an addiction. The best thing you can do as a family member is to offer support and recommend an esteemed rehab facility like ours.
Valium addiction can be extremely dangerous and requires professional rehabilitation. Attempting to detox and go “cold turkey” on your own can put your life at risk, as some of the withdrawal symptoms associated with Valium addiction involve your heart rate and breathing, which can lead to death.
At Turning Point, our detox program is equipped with a team of medical professionals who can give you the medication and 24/7 care you need to ensure your safety. Once you’ve completed detox, we can provide a swift transition into either our residential or outpatient program, where you can address the root of your addiction and learn healthier coping mechanisms through counseling and therapy.
Help for Valium addiction is here. Call our New Jersey team for detox and addiction treatment today at (973) 380-0905.