Understanding Valium Addiction
Valium is an addictive benzodiazepine with longer-lasting effects than other drugs in its class. An addiction to Valium can progress quickly if the drug is used in a way not directed by a doctor.
One of the telltale symptoms of a Valium addiction is needing larger doses to feel the drug’s effects. Other signs of an addiction to Valium include:
- Strong cravings for the drug.
- Isolation from family and friends.
- Continued use despite problems caused by the drug.
- Loss of interest in once enjoyable activities.
- Ignoring obligations.
Once a user has a tolerance to Valium’s effects, they could also have withdrawal symptoms if they stop taking it. Valium withdrawal can be dangerous and uncomfortable, which makes it hard to for addicted people to quit on their own. The symptoms of withdrawal are intense, and many people addicted to Valium need the drug to feel normal.
What Is Valium (Diazepam)?
Valium is most often prescribed to relieve anxiety, muscle spasms and seizures. It is also used to ease uncomfortable symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. Valium works by diminishing hyperactive brain function to relieve severe stress and anxiety. It is ingested orally in pill form and usually taken 1-4 times per day when prescribed by a doctor.
Valium is meant for people to take on a regular basis to be effective. But when someone starts taking Valium more than prescribed, or without a prescription, they increase their risk of becoming addicted.
|How Long Do Other Benzos Last?|
|Length of Action||Short-acting||Intermediate||Long-acting|
|Time||10-20 hours||10-30 hours||20-70 hours|
Slang terms for Valium include: Vs, Yellow Vs (5 mg), Blue Vs (10 mg), benzos or tranks.
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Effects of a Valium and Reasons for Abuse
Valium is most often used by people who need help dealing with the stress of daily life. While there are several reasons for Valium abuse, many of those abusing the drug don’t take it to get high. They take it to feel normal by relieving stress and anxiety. People also abuse Valium because it helps them sleep.
Many people often think that because it is legal, Valium must be safe and less addictive than street drugs like heroin or cocaine. Due in part to these misconceptions, many people have accidentally overdosed.
Some signs of a Valium overdose include:
- Bluish lips
- Double vision
- Trouble breathing
- Uncoordinated movement