Valium Addiction Treatment Center

Valium, also known as diazepam, is prescribed to treat anxiety and often misused. The depressant effects of Valium cause sedation and relaxation as well as a mild sense of euphoria. People who misuse Valium risk becoming addicted and being unable to control use. In the long-term, Valium addiction can cause serious health problems but can be treated successfully with assisted detox, therapy, social support, self-management, and lifestyle changes.

What is Valium Addiction?

Addiction to Valium is a dependence on this prescription medication. There are levels of substance use disorders, from mild to severe, and the term addiction is typically associated with severe substance use disorder. Valium is the well-known brand name of the benzodiazepine called diazepam. These drugs are used to treat anxiety and are habit-forming.

Many people are able to use Valium as a medication without becoming dependent on it, but addiction is always a risk. The risk is greatest for those who abuse the drug, whether it was prescribed to them or not. Abuse means using Valium without a prescription or using it in a way that is not prescribed, such as larger or more frequent doses. Addiction to Valium causes tolerance, cravings, and withdrawal and is difficult to overcome without professional care. Treatment with detox, therapy, support, and self-care can help most people stop abusing this drug.

Valium Addiction Facts and Statistics

Valium is a benzodiazepine, a class of drugs used to treat anxiety disorders, panic attacks, and seizure disorders. It is a central nervous system depressant that induces relaxation, sleepiness, and sedation. Abuse of valium often occurs when a person is seeking to feel more relaxed, to cope with negative emotions, or to get “high.”

  • Valium was first introduced and approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 1963.
  • Made by Roche Pharmaceuticals, Valium quickly became a blockbuster drug, selling $230 million by 1973.
  • Diazepam and other benzodiazepines are listed as Schedule IV controlled substances by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) for their potential for abuse and risk for dependence.
  • Using Valium or other benzodiazepines with opioids is very dangerous, because they both depress the central nervous system, lowering heart rate and breathing.
  • Overdose deaths involving benzodiazepines have increased in recent years, and most included opioids.

Effective World-Class Treatment for Valium Addiction at Alta Mira

Addiction recovery at our residential Valium rehab will help you regain control of your fate and future. At Alta Mira, healing, recovery, and addressing all facets of your Valium addiction, along with any underlying co-occurring disorders, will be our top priority.

During your stay at our luxury Valium rehab, your evidence-based treatment will be supported by:

  • Medically-supervised detox
  • Individual counseling and therapy
  • Group/Peer-based therapy
  • Family therapy
  • Educational programs
  • Holistic healing practices (yoga, biofeedback, meditation, massage therapy, etc.)
  • Experiential activities
  • Life skills and coping skills courses and workshops
  • Fitness and nutrition programs
  • Relapse prevention training and instruction

Our world-class addiction treatment specialists offer the very best evidence-based treatment services at every stage of your recovery, and one of their primary objectives will be to help you identify triggers and other circumstances that might make you vulnerable to relapse.

Signs and Symptoms of Valium Addiction

Valium may be useful for some people who really struggle with anxiety or panic disorder. However, when someone misuses this drug there are clear signs of being under its influence, including:

  • Drowsiness and lethargy
  • Confusion
  • Difficulty thinking or focusing
  • Slurred speech
  • Poor coordination

Valium addiction occurs when an individual abuses the drug until the point that he or she struggles to control use. This causes tolerance, requiring more of the drug to get the same effect, cravings when not using, and withdrawal symptoms. Dependence is also characterized by trying to limit or stop the use of Valium but failing, spending a significant amount of time and energy getting or using Valium, and experiencing negative effects from using the drug but continuing to use it anyway.

Someone who is addicted to Valium may start using higher and higher doses, risking long-term health consequences. Signs of high-dose abuse of Valium include nausea and vomiting, abdominal pain, mood swings, loss of appetite, slowed breathing, disorientation, memory problems, angry outbursts, and impaired judgment.

Valium Addiction Causes and Risk Factors

The ultimate cause of Valium addiction is misuse of the drug. Using more than is recommended, using it more frequently, or using Valium after a prescription runs out are all ways that the drug can be abused and trigger an addiction. It is possible, but much less common, for someone who uses this drug as directed for a short period of time to become addicted.

More complicated than the cause of addiction are the reasons that a person abuses Valium. Individual reasons vary and may include attempting to cope with an undiagnosed mental illness, but there are several known risk factors that make someone more susceptible to abusing benzodiazepines:

  • Having a prescription for Valium
  • Having Valium in the home, or otherwise having access to it
  • A family history of substance abuse
  • Being a woman, as many more women than men are prescribed Valium
  • Struggling with other substance use disorders
  • Living with a mental illness, especially one that is untreated
  • Being around people who abuse benzodiazepines
  • Being unemployed and having a lower socioeconomic status
  • Having experienced trauma as a child

Not everyone with one or more of these risk factors will abuse Valium or, even if they do, develop an addiction. However, these are factors that contribute to and make it more likely an individual will abuse or become addicted to a benzodiazepine like Valium.

Knowing When It’s Time For Valium Rehab

Getting help for Valium addiction is vital. But making that first step toward this important and potentially life-transforming move can be challenging for anyone who has tried to manage addiction on their own. Residential treatment for Valium abuse is most effective because it allows an individual to focus on treatment for an extended period of time while learning the necessary skills for returning home and avoiding a relapse. Valium addiction treatment is tailored to each individual and typically includes:

  • Detox
  • One-on-one behavioral therapy
  • Group therapy and peer support
  • Educational programs
  • Family therapy
  • Experiential and holistic therapies
  • Intensive workshops
  • Fitness/recreation
  • Relaxation strategies and stress management
  • Learning how to avoid relapses

Relapse prevention is an important part of treatment and includes learning what triggers prescription drug use, how to avoid triggers, lifestyle changes, and learning and using healthy coping strategies.

We understand that in order for Valium addiction rehab to be successful, we must listen closely and truly understand your needs, aspirations, personal history, and treatment goals. All members of our care team align closely with you so that you feel safe, respected, and ready to do your work. With this approach, Alta Mira co-creates a profound healing experience with you so you can achieve your recovery goals and reclaim your life.

How to Help a Loved One Get Treatment for Valium Abuse

Addiction to Valium is not a choice nor a sign of weakness. It is a condition of the brain that can respond to targeted treatment. When your loved one comes to Alta Mira, they will finally have a chance to be free from the debilitating effects of Valium addiction.

While you can have an influence on your loved one’s decision to seek treatment, an individual struggling with Valium addiction must take ultimate responsibility for their own recovery. Your support and encouragement may be what will finally convince them to seek help for their struggles with Valium.

  • The Challenge. Helping a loved one who is struggling with Valium can be a long and heartbreaking journey. It can be hard to help someone, particularly if they don’t want help or if they live far away. Many families wait years beyond the time that they first thought about intervening.
  • Get Help for Yourself. If you have a loved one who is suffering from Valium addiction, one of the first things you can do is take care of yourself by attending peer support meetings like Nar-Anon.
  • Consider an Interventionist. The longer you wait for someone to “hit bottom,” the more their disease advances. You can actually increase the chance of a successful outcome by intervening with your loved one before their disease progresses to a more dangerous level. However, organizing your family to set limits and boundaries to get a loved one into rehab can be challenging.

Hiring a professional interventionist can help the family get organized as a team, prepare to speak to the addict in a coordinated way, to give your loved one the best possible chance of successfully arriving in treatment. Interventionists can also be helpful during and after the treatment experience, providing support and coaching to the family to ensure that the patient completes treatment. If you are considering an intervention, our admissions team can also help you with this process.

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How Our Luxury Valium Addiction Treatment Center Transforms Lives

Residential treatment for Valium addiction is the best option for you or your loved one. Our luxury Valium rehab is designed for a safe detox and successful recovery from addiction. During treatment, we’ll provide you with an array of tools to guide your Valium recovery, such as a personalized treatment plan, holistic and alternative therapies, group therapy, family therapy, life skills training, and help with exercise and nutrition. During your stay at Alta Mira, you’ll have an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This will include comprehensive services for any co-occurring conditions that might be complicating or supporting your Valium addiction.

Our Transformational Valium Addiction Treatment Program

Your first 30 days of treatment at Alta Mira is referred to as your Detox, Stabilization, Assessment period, which begins with private, medically supervised detox. During this time, our detox specialists will keep you safe and secure, monitored 24/7, as you rest in the privacy of your own room.

You can also expect:

  • Weekly meetings with a psychiatrist
  • Weekly meetings with a medical doctor
  • Neuropsychological testing and advanced psychological testing
  • Orientation to our recovery fundamentals and self-regulation skills development
  • In-depth family engagement and the option for loved ones to attend multiple 4-day family programs
  • Introduction to therapy groups

Following 30 days of stabilization, clients move on to the next phase of their recovery process at Alta Mira, which we call our Transformational Program. Key elements of our complete 90-day transformational Valium rehab program include:

  • Three individual intensive psychotherapy sessions per week
  • Weekly meetings with a medical doctor
  • Participation in advanced workshops to support introspection, foundational change toward recovery, and relapse prevention
  • Expanded neuropsychological assessment and continued weekly psychiatrist meetings inform tailored treatment adjustments and a refined individualized clinical approach
  • Practice and integration of recovery principles and self-regulation skills and continued family work to support improved individual outcomes
  • Intensive Workshops

The Courage to Change

Lasting change takes time. It can take six weeks to change a simple habit. Changing behavior following Valium addiction can be very challenging. Learning how to develop clean and sober behaviors, effectively deal with triggers and stressors, take medication as prescribed, and make healthy lifestyle changes to support long-term recovery can take time.

Better Valium Addiction Treatment Outcomes

Our 90-day program provides the structure, support, and time to learn a new way of living to give clients the best possible outcome. Studies show that individuals should participate in Valium treatment for at least 90 days to see the best results. However, the best indicator of success is not the duration of the program, but the mutual cooperation between the recovering addict and the treatment center, as they plan for continuing care after finishing the program.

Working Together

We understand that in order for treatment to be successful, we must listen closely and truly understand your needs, aspirations, personal history, and treatment goals. All members of our care team align closely with you so that you feel safe, respected, and ready to do your work. With this approach, Alta Mira co-creates a profound healing experience with you so you can achieve your recovery goals and reclaim your life.

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Reclaim Your Life at Our Private Valium Rehab Center Today

We believe individuals are best able to focus on their recovery when immersed in a secure, serene, healing setting. That’s why we provide comfortable surroundings while maintaining the most advanced and sophisticated Valium rehab program in Northern California. Clients can expect compassionate care from our best-in-class Valium addiction specialists.

Don’t let Valium control your life. To begin your life-changing transformation, contact us today.

Valium Addiction FAQs

It is possible to overdose on Valium, a very serious risk of misusing this drug. An overdose can be fatal, and it is even more of a risk for someone who is combining Valium with an opioid, such as a narcotic painkiller. Signs of overdose include extreme drowsiness and confusion, loss of consciousness, and slowed or stopped breathing. This should be treated as a medical emergency.

Addiction to any substance is characterized by physical and psychological symptoms when not using the drug, called withdrawal. It is important in overcoming this addiction to go through withdrawal, a process known as detox, but it can be challenging. Withdrawal from Valium can cause:

  • Tremors
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Panic attacks
  • Trouble thinking and concentrating
  • Excessive sweating
  • Heart palpitations
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weight loss
  • Muscle pain and stiffness
  • Headaches

In severe and long-term cases of addiction to Valium, a person in withdrawal may experience seizures and even psychosis. Withdrawal can be more than just uncomfortable; it can also be dangerous. This is why it is so important that individuals struggling with this addiction go through detox under medical supervision. Ongoing treatment after detox is also important for long-term recovery and because stopping the use of Valium can trigger serious anxiety and depression.