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Heroin and Valium: A Dangerous Combination

The combination of heroin and Valium is a dangerous one. Because both of these drugs are depressants, they can produce a more powerful sedative-like effect, heightening the risk of overdose and death. Opioids are responsible for more overdose deaths in the U.S. than other drugs. Because they’re associated with high relapse rates, they pose immense risk for individuals, families, and even communities. Valium, which belongs to the class of benzodiazepine medications, is also associated with high rates of abuse. Both drugs are extremely addictive.

At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we treat opioid addiction as well as other forms of substance addiction with leading substance abuse treatments and comprehensive treatment programs. Few people can overcome a substance addiction without professional help. We’re known for our individualized treatment plans and programming that includes inpatient / residential rehab, outpatient treatment, aftercare, clinically supervised detox, medication-assisted treatment, and dual diagnosis treatment.

If you have an opioid or benzodiazepine addiction or are abusing powerful drugs like heroin and Valium, you need help right away. Although a substance use disorder is a chronic health condition, it can be effectively managed with abstinence, allowing people with the disorder to safeguard their health and future. Don’t wait to get help to end your dependence on dangerous drugs like these.

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Understanding Heroin and Valium

Heroin and Valium are both addictive drugs. Heroin is an illicit drug that is synthesized from the drug morphine. Unlike morphine, however, heroin has no medicinal value. Valium is a prescription drug that is prescribed to treat conditions such as anxiety or insomnia. Since both drugs produce deep relaxation and calm in individuals, they can produce a double effect when used together. However, too much suppression of the brain’s crucial functions can increase the risk of overdose. 

The Risks of Combining Heroin and Valium

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 14% of opioid overdoses in a recent year also involved a benzodiazepine with long-term effects such as Valium. It’s extremely risky for health to combine an opioid and another depressant like benzodiazepines or alcohol because they can cause a more powerful effect. Suppression of the central nervous system affects the brain’s control of essential bodily systems like respiratory function. This is why a heroin overdose is often accompanied by shallow or slowed breathing. Other chemicals that heighten the suppression increase the overdose risk and can cause death. Heroin and valium were both found in the system of Kurt Cobain when he died in 1994, becoming another of the musicians lost to drug overdose.

How Heroin and Valium Interact

Heroin and Valium interact by producing a more powerful sedative effect on the user. They increase the risk of overdose and associated health complications. A person might be tempted to use Valium with heroin if they have developed a tolerance to heroin and are looking for a more euphoric high. This is drug abuse at its most dangerous. 

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Short-Term Risks

The short-term risks of abusing heroin and Valium together include overdose. If medical help is obtained quickly, individuals might survive and suffer no permanent damage to their health. On the other hand, an overdose can cause many different health complications, including brain damage if the individual’s breathing is compromised long enough. Dependence on either or both of these substances can also occur.

Long-Term Effects of Heroin and Valium Abuse

The long-term effects of heroin and Valium abuse involve damage to both physical and mental health as well as other important aspects of a person’s life, such as their work, finances, and family relationships. Some long-term effects users should know about include organ damage, respiratory problems, and the development of addiction.

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Physical Health Consequences

As mentioned, the physical consequences of heroin and Valium abuse can be severe. Users can experience suppressed respiratory function, circulatory problems, organ damage, rashes, and more. Each person is unique, and damage may range from mild to severe. The only way to prevent physical consequences is to avoid abusing these drugs. 

Mental Health Implications

Mental health implications of heroin and Valium abuse include mood swings, depression, anxiety, and addiction. In some cases, the effects of using these drugs can lead to psychosis. It’s important to seek treatment if you are involved in the abuse of these drugs. 

Recognizing the Signs of Abuse and Dependency

You may have developed a chemical dependency on one or both of these drugs (and possibly full-blown addiction) if you note the following signs and symptoms of heroin use:

  • Thinking about using these drugs often.
  • Procuring a supply of the drugs so you don’t run out.
  • Experiencing mood swings.
  • Becoming increasingly secretive.
  • Withdrawing from family and friends.
  • Lying about drug use.
  • Experiencing serious consequences as a result of drug use.
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms if you don’t use the drugs in a certain period of time.

The Path to Recovery

The path to recovery begins the day you enroll for substance abuse treatment. Although the process may seem daunting, there is support. Resurgence Behavioral Health helps clients progress each day toward lasting recovery with our individualized treatment plans. You can rely on our support as you learn how to manage your addiction successfully.

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Treatment Options at Resurgence Behavioral Health

Resurgence Behavioral Health offers the following treatment options:

  • Residential treatment.
  • Inpatient treatment.
  • Outpatient treatment.
  • Medical detox (with 24-hour support).
  • Aftercare.
  • Dual diagnosis treatment.
  • Medication-assisted treatment.

Comprehensive Treatment Programs

Resurgence features comprehensive treatment, so that means that we can provide a level of support that’s suited to your needs. Whether you need robust support or help transitioning from inpatient rehab to independent living, we can help. Our clinicians are experienced and licensed addiction specialists. We can help you achieve your recovery goals.

Therapeutic Approaches

Resurgence  Behavioral Health combines various treatment approaches, such as evidence-based therapies, holistic therapies, and alternative treatments. These therapies address all the critical aspects of heroin addiction treatment and recovery. We can help you move your recovery forward so you can get on with living a more healthful and fulfilling life. 

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Aftercare and Relapse Prevention

Resurgence Behavioral Health’s treatment programs have a strong relapse prevention component, but aftercare is always a good idea for people who are transitioning from formal rehab treatment back to their everyday lives. Aftercare provides ongoing or long-term support for people. There are different kinds of aftercare programs that people can participate in. These include 12-step programs, support groups, restorative yoga, experiential therapy, and more. Call us to learn more about our aftercare programs and others that are available in your area. By remaining mindful about your recovery, you can more easily prevent relapse and keep your progress on track. 

Building a Support Network

Building a support network can help you during times of high stress. Life will always involve ups and downs. When stress gets overwhelming, it can be a trigger to use. Having a support group to turn to can help you protect your sobriety. Talk to Resurgence Behavioral Health about how we can help. 
Resurgence is a leading rehab center that can treat all forms of drug and alcohol abuse. Call us at 855-458-0050 to learn more about our rehab programs and enrollment process. If you are abusing powerful drugs like Valium and heroin, you’re risking your health and future. Contact us immediately so we can evaluate your condition and recommend the ideal course of treatment for you. Recovery starts when you enter rehab.

Josh Chandler
Josh Chandler
After growing up in Chicago and North Carolina, Josh chose to get help with substance use disorder and mental health in California because of the state's reputation for top-tier treatment. There, he found the treatment he needed to achieve more than five years of recovery. He's been in the drug and alcohol addiction rehab industry for four years and now serves as the Director of Admissions for Resurgence Behavioral Health. Josh remains passionate about the field because he understands that one phone call can alter the course of a person's life.

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