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Diazepam is the generic name for the anxiolytic medication, Valium, which is extremely addictive and often leads to diazepam rehab.
This is because Diazepam is a member of a class of substances called benzodiazepines.
These are used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and alcohol withdrawal.
In 2011 alone, there were 15 million prescriptions for diazepam written.
Because of this, it has facilitated the ability for a lot of abuse.
Do I Need Diazepam Rehab?
Even if you are prescribed Diazepam, you can still become addicted. You might need diazepam rehab if:
- You have changed friends, interests, and priorities because of your diazepam addiction.
- You spend all of your time trying to find and use diazepam.
- Your family and friends have asked you to stop using diazepam.
- You have tried to stop using diazepam and have not been able to.
- You are suffering in work, school, or with the law.
- You are suffering from sudden problems with money.
- Your mental health and physical health are suffering due to your diazepam addiction.
As you begin to increase your dose of diazepam, you increase the possibility to need diazepam rehab. This occurs because diazepam rehab treats why you enjoy the drug. Although feelings are very pleasurable from using diazepam. This means that you may try to recreate these feelings, which will lead you to take more diazepam over time and neglecting important activities. Ultimately this will lead to valium rehab.
What are the Signs of Addiction?
Addiction to diazepam is very often and results in the need for diazepam rehab to make you better. 20.5 million people reported lifetime abuse of benzodiazepines in 2011. This means that it can be difficult to see the signs of addiction. There are a few signs of addiction that are good to look out for in yourself or others:
- Using a diazepam prescription in ways that are different from how it was prescribed.
- Using diazepam specifically to get intoxicated.
- Consuming diazepam to enhance the effect of another substance.
- Consuming diazepam to reduce the unwanted side effects of another substance.
Benzodiazepines are often prescribed for their effectiveness in treating anxiety, as well as seizures. If you have panic disorder, major depressive disorder, or general anxiety disorder, you might be prescribed a benzodiazepine such as diazepam.
When you take a benzodiazepine, it works by stimulating the brain. It then secretes a neurotransmitter known as GABA. Typically GABA regulates the electrical and chemical activity in the central nervous system naturally. If you have a certain condition that results in panic attacks or anxiety attacks, it means that your brain is not producing enough GABA. This is why you might use diazepam.
Effects of Diazepam and Reasons for Abuse
Some people take diazepam to feel normal or to relieve stress and anxiety. It can also help you sleep, produce a sense of calm, and even provide a feeling of euphoria. This is what leads to the main problem with diazepam and other benzodiazepines…that they are extremely addictive.
Many people think that because diazepam is legal, that it is safe and not addictive like other street drugs. This leads to the opportunity to abuse and accidentally overdose on diazepam.
Signs of Overdose
- Blue lips
- Seeing double
- Feeling drowsy
- Trouble breathing
- Feeling weak
- Uncoordinated movement
Mental Illness and Diazepam Rehab
Dual diagnosis occurs when you struggle from both a diazepam addiction as well as a mental illness. This is very common because a mental illness can be considered anxiety, panic disorder, or any other disorder that diazepam is typically prescribed to treat. This means that it is very easy to fall into addiction and dual diagnosis.
50% of people who have a mental disorder also have a substance use disorder at some time in their lives. Dual diagnosis can make it much more difficult to get healthy from an addiction to diazepam because you will experience a rebound effect. Going through mental health counseling at the same time as diazepam rehab is essential to your success in sobriety.
Diazepam Rehab Treatment
Although ending diazepam addiction can be difficult, it can also be dangerous. When you are going through a diazepam rehab or diazepam detox, you will feel agitation, seizures, and delirium as well as other withdrawal symptoms. This is why a medically assisted detox is typically recommended as the first course of treatment.
Detoxification allows you to remove all of the diazepam from your system. The reason it is important to go through a medically assisted detox is so medical professionals can assess your vitals, improve your comfort, and manage any medical complications that might arise.
The medical course of action for diazepam rehab might include:
- Gradually reducing your dose over a period of weeks.
- Switching to another benzodiazepine medication that has a slower onset of action. This allows you to reduce the risk of seizure during
- Switching from diazepam to a long-acting barbiturate.
Types of Diazepam Rehab
- Motivational nurturing and interviewing: This treatment works to nurture and develop motivation that should eventually end drug use. It relies on incentives from outside sources.
- Extrinsic reward factors: Focuses on true reinforcement prizes for completing recovery-focused behaviors. This might include attending appointments, engaging in community activities, and submitting clean drug tests.
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy: An effective treatment for mental health and substance abuse issues. Known as CBT, it is used to investigate how thoughts, feelings, and behaviors are connected to substance use.
- Family therapy: This is used to treat yourself and your family regarding your environment. Family therapy helps to address communication and overall family functioning.
Most benzodiazepines require a medical detox during diazepine rehab. You should never attempt to detox from diazepam without medical supervision. During inpatient rehab, you will live at the facility for 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. You will also have professional healthcare workers to conduct a full mental and psychological evaluation during the entire duration of your treatment. Most rehab for benzodiazepines should be done in an inpatient setting.
You may be given the option to go through outpatient treatment if your addiction to diazepam is not extremely intense. If your doctor believes that you do not need to be under observation and protection from relapse triggers, then it can be a good option for you.
Outpatient rehab allows you to visit a rehab facility three to five times per week, for two to three hours per session. Typically this form of rehab only occurs early in addiction. It is good to note that outpatient rehab can allow you to continue to engage in work, academic, or family obligations while still going through treatment.
Getting Help For Your Addiction
As with most prescription drug addictions, developing a dependence on diazepam can be extremely difficult.
Not only are you going to have to detox from the drug, but you will also now need to deal with the rebound effects of anxiety or panic.
At Resurgence Behavioral Health we have a medical staff that is equipped to aid you in your recovery process.
Although diazepam rehab might be scary, it can help you overcome your addiction that has threatened to ruin your life.
Contact us today to learn more about our free insurance verification for treatment, and how to get started today.