When a person makes the decision to finally get clean and overcome their addiction to Valium, they must make a choice as to which facility is the right fit for their Valium detoxification process. Malibu Beach Recovery Centers is the leading choice among California natives in the West Los Angeles and Malibu areas and beyond, because we are renowned as a top-notch facility that provides the absolute best care to our clients.
Our staff is highly equipped to handle the needs of every patient that enters our center to detox from Valium, during even the most challenging phases of the process. We vow to make each patient as comfortable as possible, keeping them safe and motivated as they complete this important first step of their new, sober life. Our process for addressing Valium addiction is highly effective in not only performing safe detoxes, but also helping clients achieve long-term success and avoid relapse.
Valium is a prescription medication that also goes by the name diazepam. It is a narcotic drug that belongs to the benzodiazepine family. This incredibly strong medication is used to treat a number of health issues including restless legs syndrome, insomnia, anxiety, seizures, panic attacks, as well as alcohol withdrawal symptoms. When taken properly under the guidance of a physician, Valium is very successful in helping people live happy and productive lives. Unfortunately, it is highly addictive and misuse of this drug is common across California and the United States as a whole. Originally created in the 1960s, Valium originally garnered the nickname “mother’s little helper.” This is because the drug was often used by mothers to relieve their stress. Today, Valium is one of the most highly abused medications.
Valium is usually found in pill form and taken orally, however liquid and gel forms also exist. These forms make it easier for those abusing the drug to inject directly into their bloodstream.
Why Addiction to Valium Occurs
Addiction to Valium occurs for a number of reasons. First, this medication has the ability to remove unpleasant feelings such as anxiety or stress. This is possible because the medication works by targeting the brain’s neurotransmitter activity, leveling out these negative emotions. Once people realize that they are able to get rid of emotions that cause distress, they become hooked on reaching the peaceful state brought about by Valium over and over again.
Further, addiction to Valium is also so prevalent because this medication is relatively easy to access. Because this drug is legal, many people are given prescriptions from their doctors to use it. This can lead to a long-term reliance on the drug, even if a person originally took it for a legitimate reason. More and more teenagers are starting to take Valium recreationally, stealing pills from family members who have a prescription.
Despite the growing trend of Valium abuse, doctors continue to prescribe the drug to many people. It is incredibly important that individuals given a prescription for this medication keep it in a place where other people cannot access it.
Spotting an Addiction to Valium
People suffering from an addiction to Valium will likely start to display a number of symptoms that indicate their misuse of the drug. Behaviors that tend to accompany Valium addiction include taking it for extended periods of time, and visiting multiple doctors in order to secure additional prescriptions. Further, addicted individuals may become more isolated and secretive as they attempt to hide their increased use from family and friends.
Valium addiction will likely also present itself through various health side effects. Some of the most common side effects of prolonged use of this medication include impaired coordination, hallucinations, aggression, psychosis, panic attacks, slurred speech, dry retching, and an increased risk for suicide. Once an addiction had developed, users are not able to stop their drive to consume despite any unpleasant side effects that come about. This is because their brain and body have developed a strong dependence on the medication just to function normally. Without it, they will start to experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms.
Detoxing from Valium at Malibu Beach Recovery Centers
At Malibu Beach Recovery Centers, it is our mission to help people from all walks of life beat their addiction to Valium. The first and one of the most important steps in doing so is going through the detoxification process. Detox, simply put, is the process of removing all traces of Valium from the body. Many people are weary of entering detox because of the potential negative side effects they will likely experience. At our center, there is nothing to fear. Our supportive staff takes the time to walk each patient through what to expect at every stage of detox.
We begin the detox process by first performing a series of evaluations with each client, learning who they are and gathering information on their unique experience with Valium. We will also take the time to learn about their current mental and physical health, work and home life situations, and much more. We use this important information to help us create an individualized detoxification program. This is a crucial step in the detox process, as have a unique plan that factors in each client’s unique circumstances gives them the highest chance of staying sober long after they’ve left our care.
We encourage our recovery patients to detox from Valium by gradually lowering the dose of the medication they take over time. This gives the body time to adjust to the unfamiliar drug-free state, and is effective is lessening the impact of withdrawal symptoms.
Valium Withdrawal Symptoms
Detoxing from Valium is likely to bring about a number of withdrawal symptoms. The most common Valium withdrawal symptoms include abdominal cramps, severe anxiety, sweating, headaches, insomnia, and restlessness. Because of the great strength of this drug, withdrawal from Valium will usually persist longer than with other benzodiazepines. This is because this medication was designed to be a long-acting drug, built to administer extended anxiety relief.
Withdrawal symptoms will take longer to set in when a person is addicted to Valium, usually taking up to seven days to start after the last dose. During the detoxification process, the strongest and most severe withdrawal symptoms will usually take place about two weeks after the start of detox.
Let Us Help You Overcome Valium Addiction
Detoxification from Valium can be incredibly dangerous due to the serious health side effects it brings about. For this reason individuals suffering from an addiction to this medication that wish to get clean should do so only under the care of professionals at a specialized treatment center like Malibu Beach Recovery Centers. Not only will we treat the physical symptoms that come about during detox, but we will also provide the subsequent care to help our patients manage the psychological and emotional components that may have caused the addiction in the first place. We truly treat the whole individual, and our supportive staff strives to make you feel right at home.
If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction to Valium, please do not hesitate to contact us today. We are standing by to help you begin your journey to happiness and health.