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Valium Overview

Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine (ben-zoe-dye-AZE-eh-peens). Diazepam affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. Valium is used to treat anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, or muscle spasms. Valium is sometimes used with other medications to treat seizures. This medication may impair your thinking or reactions. Be careful if you drive or do anything that requires you to be alert. Do not drink alcohol while taking Valium. This medication can increase the effects of alcohol, and may lead to overdose or life-threatening hospitalizations.

Valium Abuse Treatment

It is important to speak to a licensed counselor or addiction specialist about what kind of treatment is right for you or your loved one, and most effective for long-lasting sobriety. It is important to avoid going cold turkey, which means stopping use without the aid of medication, medical supervision, counseling, and any other kind of support; such an action can lead to harsh symptoms and fevers. Valium Abuse Treatment at our professional rehab facility is equipped with various treatment approaches that cater to the needs of each client, healing the physical, mental, and even spiritual wounds of addiction that are deep rooted and anchored in the user’s life. Different effective counseling methods are used to treat Valium addiction, in addition to detox protocols and medical support. Here are some counseling therapies that are applied in Valium Abuse/Addiction Treatment:

  • Detox (if recommended by head physician at the rehab facility), which is aided by the help of medical personnel and physicians on stand-by, who can evaluate the client’s progress; the purpose is to cleanse the body of toxins and make sure the client’s health is in good standing

  • Group therapy: support by peers who are struggling with the same kind of addiction

  • Individual therapy: this privatized therapy approach gives the client an opportunity to work with a licensed therapist one-on-one, discussion deep rooted issues and resolving them

  • Cognitive behavioral therapy: help clients identify and deal with the moods and triggers that lead to drug use

  • Aftercare services that help the client continue with their sobriety, and avoid relapse while in recovery


Valium Signs of Abuse

Valium may be abused if the user takes more than prescribed or takes higher dosages, or if the user does not follow doctor’s instructions. However, it is not easy to know if someone is abusing a drug because the onset of addiction often goes unnoticed. In addition, friends and family may not even suspect their loved one to be abusing Valium. For these reasons, if you or someone you know is using Valium, take note of some of the signs of abuse that the user may display. Stopping the addiction as early as possible can save lives, and prevent a crisis situation from an accidental overdose. Here are some of the signs and symptoms of Valium abuse:

  • Personality changes
  • Fever
  • Sensitivity to sound or light
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Panic attacks
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • A rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Seizures

Effects of Valium Abuse

Some side effects with Valium, while occurring infrequently, are potentially serious and should be reported immediately to your healthcare provider. These include but are not limited to:

  • Depression (or worsening of existing depression)
  • Low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Yellow eyes or skin (jaundice)
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Anxiety, excitation, or agitation
  • Hostility, aggression, or rage
  • Insomnia (see Valium and Insomnia)
  • Hallucinations

Valium Withdrawal Symptoms

When a person is addicted to a medicine, the body is not able to function properly if the medicine is stopped. Withdrawal symptoms can also occur. This means that the user is faced with a difficult challenge, especially if they are withdrawing without the help of professionals or a licensed rehab center. It is recommended to seek professional help and rehab if an individual attempts to quit using Valium, rather than doing it alone and going cold turkey. Valium withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Personality changes
  • Sensitivity to sound or light
  • Numbness or tingling
  • Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • A rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
  • Heart palpitations
  • Hallucinations
  • Memory loss
  • Panic attacks
  • Seizures
  • fever
  • Anxiety
  • Tension
  • Depression
  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness or irritability
  • Confusion

Valium Abuse Statistics

While the most used drug in America may be marijuana, doctors have written more than 60 million prescriptions for sedatives and tranquilizers, including Valium. The Drug Abuse Warning Network reported that 229,230 emergency room visits in 2009 were related to alcohol in combination with sedatives such as Valium. The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports prescription painkillers, which would include Valium, are responsible for over 36,000 fatal overdoses annually. This number surpasses the number of deaths attributed to heroin and cocaine.

References
http://www.drugabuse.gov
http://www.fda.gov/Drugs
http://www.usa.gov/
http://www.justice.gov/dea/druginfo/factsheets.shtml
http://druginfo.nlm.nih.gov/drugportal/drugportal.jsp

Individualized detox protocols are carefully monitored and tailored to address detox symptoms. As part of our holistic approach, our detox incorporates traditional detox with biofeedback sessions.

Clients being treated in our residential program reside with us for the specific amount of days established in their individualized addiction treatment program.

Our treatment model is rooted in the belief that it is our utmost responsibility to do whatever we can to prepare our clients for life outside of treatment.

In addition to our traditional therapeutic treatments we offer holistic and alternative therapies such as: yoga, chiropractic care, medical massage, personal training and art therapy.