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Valium addiction treatment
What is Valium?
Valium is one of the most common drugs in the world. It’s used for a variety of treatments including anxiety disorders, seizures, insomnia, alcohol withdrawal, restless leg syndrome and more. It is named on the World Health Organization’s “Essential Drugs List”, which is a list of core drugs needed for basic health around the globe.
Valium in the body’s system and dependancy
Valium is a central nervous system depressant that works to calm excessive brain functions by releasing more gammaaminobutyric acid (GABA) neurotransmitters into the brain. The result is a sensation of drowsiness or calm. They can also help to relax muscles and prevent seizures. The extreme sense of relaxation that patients feel when using Valium can cause users to become chemically dependant or addicted to the drug.
Addiction to Valium
A study conducted by SAMHSA found that benzodiazepines are the most frequently abused prescription drugs in the United States, accounting for 35% of drug-related Emergency Room visits. This is a higher number than all opiates combined at 32%. Valium is available in pill or liquid form and many addicts use the drug in conjunction with other drugs, most commonly stimulants. The Valium is used to “come down” from a stimulant high or to control the withdrawal symptoms of drugs such as heroin.
Frighteningly, Valium and other benzodiazepines are the most commonly used prescription drugs in attempted suicides, accounting for 26% of all drugs used in the attempt. This is likely due to the fact that one of the more severe side effects of Valium abuse is depression.
People that are of especially high risk of becoming addicted to Valium are patients with a history of alcohol or substance abuse as they may use the drug to aid with withdrawal symptoms of other drugs. People with a severe personality disorders are at risk for becoming heavy abusers of Valium as well.
Valium withdrawal symptoms
Long –term use of Valium can result in severe withdrawal symptoms, which include amnesia, confusion, sedation, seizures and psychosis. It is recommended that addicts to Valium slowly wean themselves from the drug to prevent severe bodily reactions to the sudden absence of the drug.
Valium Addiction Treatment at Florida rehab centers – Challenges
If you or a loved one is suffering from addiction to Valium, contact the caring staff at Challenges. We’re Florida’s oldest and most respected addiction treatment and relapse program center. In fact, we’re one of the oldest treatment centers in the United States. Our staff works hard to ensure each of our clients is treated with dignity and respect, regardless of their situation.
Our mantra is that “Relapse Ends Here” and we provide support and assistance necessary to back that up. We want to give our clients the self-empowerment and tools they need to help them identify their personal signs and trigger mechanisms.
We have a wide variety of treatment programs available, including extended care transitional treatment with or without structured living, group sessions, neurofeedback, full day/PHP Treatment and intensive outpatient treatment, massage, yoga, and ongoing alumni services and technology-enhanced aftercare to make certain our patients receive continued recovery and support.
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