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Valium is a brand name prescription benzodiazepine with a strong potential for abuse and addiction. This medication is used for the treatment of anxiety disorders, muscle spasms, seizures, and alcohol withdrawal symptoms.
This drug comes in pill form and acts as a suppressant to relieve stress and anxiety. As a long-acting benzodiazepine, it’s effects last much longer, up to 70 hours with certain doses. Although it is meant to be taken in small doses, those who abuse Valium, often take it without a prescription or take it in larger and more frequent doses than recommended.
The United States has long been known as a massive consumer of prescription drugs. The result of the enormous amounts of prescription drugs sold in the country is countless addictions that ruin the lives of the abuser and their family.
Valium addiction treatment is often the last hope for people who have become mentally and physically addicted to the substance.
- Needing larger doses to feel the effects of the drug
- Constant and strong cravings
- Abandoning obligations at home and work
- Isolating oneself from friends and family
- Continuing to use the drug despite negative consequences
- Losing interest in activities that were once enjoyed
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When an individual becomes addicted to Valium, changes occur in their brain chemistry. The drug effects a person’s GABA receptors to bring on a sense of relaxation, much like alcohol which affects the same receptors. Valium addiction treatment is needed when an individual becomes addicted to the substance due to the overwhelming urge to continue taking the drug even though the person knows it is doing them harm.
With professional treatment at a rehab center, a person is able to go through a detoxification process to normalize their body function, often being assisted by medications to counter some of the severe withdrawal symptoms. The detox helps to break a patient’s physical addiction.
Once the patient is able to function in a normal capacity, they can be treated for behavioral issues that may be causing them to turn to drugs for relief. Behavioral therapy helps to break a patient’s mental addiction. Treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy can help to address problem areas in behavior and replace the behavior with healthy coping techniques. When the patient has completed their treatment, they will feel confident enough to take on the responsibilities of a healthy, normal life that is free some substance abuse.
Inpatient rehab refers to a patient remaining on the premises of the rehab facility for the duration of their treatment. This form of treatment has several benefits such as being taken out of an environment that is not conducive to recovery, having 24/7 supervision to help with emotional issues and withdrawal symptoms and being a part of activities throughout the day that can assist with the recovery process. It is advised for serious addictions and in cases where there has been a prior relapse.
Unlike inpatient rehab, outpatient programs do not require the person to stay at the facility. A patient will attend therapy at their designated rehab facility around 5 days a week. It offers the patient the freedom to continue with their daily activities such as work while receiving the best help they can get. However, if the patient has a high risk of relapse due to the type of substance abused or the severity of their addiction, then outpatient programs may not be the best choice.
Many recovering addicts manage to remain clean during their treatment but when they reenter their normal way of life, they become involved with old, drug taking friends or places where drugs are taken and relapse. To avoid this situation and allow for a smoother transition from rehab to a healthy life, sober living environments are available. A recovering addict can stay with other recovering addicts and together help each other stay off drugs. These houses are shared and rules are strictly followed such as no alcohol or drugs. It is the ideal place for any person to ease themselves back into their lives with minimal risk of relapse.
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Last updated on April 7th, 2017 at 09:27 pm