Valium is a potent sedative from the benzodiazepine family and one of the most popularly prescribed medications in the world.
It is also one of the most commonly abused prescription medications. It is prescribed as a treatment for anxiety, sleep problems and sometimes muscle pain and muscle spasm. It is also often prescribed in tapered short-term doses to control withdrawal symptoms from alcohol, heroin, ice and other drugs.
Valium depresses the central nervous system causing the user to feel drowsy and calm. It is very addictive and extended use can cause physical dependence whether the person is taking Valium as prescribed or taking more than they are prescribed. Mixing any benzodiazepine with other drugs, particularly alcohol, is very dangerous and can lead to coma or overdose and death.
Like any benzodiazepine withdrawal, Valium withdrawal can be longer than withdrawal from most illegal drugs. The symptoms are physical and psychological and depend on the length and severity of the dependence. Valium withdrawal requires clinical expertise and specialist knowledge as well as ongoing monitoring. In order to manage the symptoms, the individual needs to be weened off the drug gradually rather than stopping suddenly.
Valium treatment that works
Physical withdrawal from Valium is just the beginning of treatment at Valium rehab. Valium rehab consists of a structured combination of therapeutic activities that are proven to be the most effective model for successfully dealing with the underlying causes of addiction and enabling long-term recovery. Some of these activities include one-on-one counselling, process group work, educational groups and relapse prevention work as well as exercise, recreation, massage, art therapy and daily outings. This is ideally delivered in a therapeutic community setting by staff who are mostly all in recovery themselves. This allows a greater understanding and connection between staff and residents, which in turn aids the healing and transformation process for residents as they are working with role models they can immediately relate to.