How does Diazepam Addiction Occur and will I need Detox Treatment?
“How does Diazepam addiction occur and will I need detox treatment?” It is an important question to ask when beginning a new prescription drug. Knowing the signs of dependency and the symptoms of withdrawal may offer some added prevention.
What is Diazepam?
Diazepam (Valium) has been prescribed for a number of purposes including alcohol withdrawal symptoms, to treat anxiety disorders and clinical depression to name a few. However most people do not realize that even when used as directed it is possible to develop dependency. Diazepam falls under a class of prescription drugs known as Benzodiazepines which are used to treat a number of disorders and include drugs such as Ativan, Klonopin, Xanax, and Valium (Diazepam). Benzodiazepines are widely used in the U.S. and recent statistics revealed that over 52 million adults take pharmaceuticals for anxiety and sleeping disorders like Diazepam.
How Diazepam Works
Diazepam is an SSRI or selective serotonin reuptake inhibitor and works by changing the amount of gamma amino butyric acid (GABA) that is produced at the receptor sites in the brain. In effect, Diazepam alters the mood of the individual. Long-term use of Diazepam can not only lead to dependency, but suddenly stopping chronic use can also lead to some dangerous side effects including frightening and vivid nightmares, convulsions and death; which is why most doctors recommend professional medical detox to quit Diazepam use.
Medical Detox for Diazepam Dependency
Diazepam was not meant to be used chronically, but rather intended to be used for brief periods of time. As with most medications, extended use of Diazepam will lead to dependency and tolerance which means that the individual will need to take increasingly more of the medication to achieve the desired results. Depending on the severity of the abuse, when the drug is stopped it will likely bring the onset of withdrawal symptoms which may include:
Diazepam withdrawal symptoms may range in severity from mild to intense, depending on use and may begin shortly after the last time the drug was used. Seeking the assistance of an inpatient medical detox will not only address the withdrawal symptoms, but will also provide a safe environment in which to detox from Diazepam use. Most hospitals offer detox treatment which may be found in the Mental Health department. Typically hospitals rely on oral medications during the detox which may or may not be very effective at relieving the side effects of withdrawal or offering much comfort throughout the process. An alternative to traditional hospital detox is a private medical detox that offers IV therapy. IV therapy is immediately effective in not only relieving withdrawal symptoms but also helps to keep the patient comfortable and able to complete the detox. Find out more about how Diazepam addiction occurs and if you need detox treatment by calling Gallus Detox Center today at 855-338-6929.