If you or someone close to you has received a prescription recently, you might ask: can you get addicted to Valium? Is there treatment? Prevail Recovery Center can help with prescription drug and valium addiction. Prevail Recovery Center is a top-rated drug rehab in Fort Lauderdale.
Valium is generically called diazepam which is a class of benzodiazepines. As a benzodiazepine, Valium is used to treat things like:
So, is Valium addictive, and can you get addicted to Valium?
You can get addicted to all benzodiazepines. Valium slows down brain activity and spinal cord activity, which is how it helps with things like seizures, muscle spasms, and anxiety. In small, short-term doses, it can help alleviate those symptoms immediately. It is generally not recommended for more than four months at a time via prescription because of the high risk of valium addiction.
This addiction comes with high risks of slowed breathing or no breathing at all. This is because it depresses specific activity in your brain. If you take Valium with alcohol, it doubles this risk because both substances do the same thing.
What’s more, it has a lot of severe withdrawal symptoms that can start immediately if you stop taking Valium.
Valium addiction can present itself in many ways, both behavioral and physical. A physical addiction might manifest as:
Someone struggling with valium addiction might uncharacteristically lose a job, do poorly in school, or fail to complete family responsibilities.
One significant sign is taking more Valium than you are prescribed.
This leads to behaviors like traveling unnecessarily long distances to get prescriptions filled or going to multiple doctors with the same symptoms for multiple medications concurrently.
If Valium is present in the household for one person, another can quickly become addicted to it by stealing pills. Stealing and lying become common traits among people with an addiction.
You can find a valium rehab center with Prevail Recovery. Our admissions specialists are available to review your insurance and help you figure out what parts of rehab are covered by your policy and what options you have for the features that aren’t.
We can work with you during an initial assessment to determine which program is a good fit. During that intake, we will go over your physical and mental health history, any drugs you have taken in the past or are taking currently, and your goals for recovery. This helps us curate an individualized plan with the most appropriate therapy.
You can choose to do your medical detox with us. Because benzodiazepines like Valium have such serious complications for withdrawal symptoms, the FDA has approved medication-assisted detox to help you reduce the severity and quantity of your symptoms. Under medical supervision, you get medication throughout your withdrawal that keeps you as comfortable as possible. This increases the likelihood that you will successfully complete your medical withdrawal program.
After that, we offer convenient outpatient and dual diagnosis programs that work around your schedule. Our dual diagnosis program is particularly effective for people who are struggling with Valium addiction and mental health disorders like generalized anxiety disorder, for which the volume may have been prescribed initially.
Our outpatient programs include regular outpatient or intensive outpatient, so you can create as complete a schedule as your situation demands while still being able to return to your home at night. Your program can include a combination of individual and group therapy, nutritional counseling, family therapy to address the history of addiction or facilitate improved communication, yoga or art therapy to enhance your relaxation techniques and communication with your therapist, and many more.
If you are ready to get help, facilities like Prevail Recovery can lend a hand. Contact us today.
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