Valium Addiction Treatment in North Carolina
Overcome Addiction with Valium Rehab at October Road
Valium is a long-acting benzodiazepine and the brand name of a drug called diazepam. Doctors prescribe Valium for patients suffering from anxiety, muscle spasms, and seizures. Sometimes, addiction treatment specialists even use Valium to ease the uncomfortable effects of alcohol withdrawal. Unfortunately, Valium is addictive in itself, especially when it is not used correctly. Many people start using Valium to manage anxiety or physical “tics” and find themselves taking more and more of the drug just to feel normal.
If you have lost control of your Valium use, you can get your life back, and October Road can help. Once you explain your situation, we can develop a personalized treatment plan to help you stop using Valium for good.
How Does Valium Work?
Like other benzodiazepines, Valium calms abnormal overactivity in the brain. It strengthens the effects of Gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) in nerve cells which, in turn, slows down the central nervous system. Many people refer to Valium and other benzodiazepines as “downers” because they create pleasant feelings of slowness and relaxation.
As one woman who beat Valium addiction explains to NPR:
“It [Valium] makes it so you have no problem…I mean the house could burn down and you’d just sit there saying, OK, this is all right.”
Due to these feelings of relaxation and euphoria, many people use Valium outside of their prescriptions. Others use Valium purely recreationally and to take the edge off of comedowns. With or without other drugs, Valium can be dangerous. Even people who use Valium exactly as directed can develop drug dependence and addiction.
If you are addicted to Valium, it is not your fault. Still, you are responsible for your recovery.
Signs and Symptoms of Valium Addiction
Many people don’t realize they have a Valium addiction until they go through withdrawal for the first time. Withdrawal refers to a set of negative symptoms that occur when you stop using Valium, and you can experience withdrawal even if you aren’t addicted. Nevertheless, these unpleasant symptoms cause many people to confront just how much Valium they have been using and just how much the drug has impacted their lives.
Signs and symptoms of Valium addiction include:
- Tolerance (needing more and more Valium to feel the same effects)
- Dependence (needing Valium to avoid withdrawal symptoms)
- Using or wanting to use Valium regularly
- Spending most of your time obtaining, using, and recovering from Valium
- Losing interest in hobbies and activities because you want to use Valium instead
- Taking more Valium than you mean to or being “high” for longer than you intend to be
- Having multiple prescriptions for Valium and always having a supply on hand
- Spending money you don’t have on Valium
- Engaging in risky behaviors while using Valium (driving, unprotected sex)
- Neglecting responsibilities and relationships because you are using Valium
- Continuing to use Valium despite risks and problems
- Trying and failing to stop using Valium
Are you or someone you love exhibiting any of these behaviors or symptoms of Valium? If so, it may be time to get help. October Road has several programs that may work for you or your loved one.
Why Choose October Road?
At October Road, we are dedicated to providing our outpatient addiction treatment services to anyone who needs them. We use evidence-based treatments for substance use disorder and have been helping patients achieve sobriety since 2006. Our CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) accredited treatment center provides consumer-driven care, which means your recovery program will be based around you.
When you choose October Road, you will experience holistic and compassionate care that helps you recover health in your mind, body, and spirit. Recovering from Valium addiction isn’t easy, but you will not have to do it alone.