Valium, also known as Diazepam or Xanax, is used to treat anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and alcohol withdrawal. It is a benzodiazepine drug. You need a prescription to obtain Valium, but it is unfortunately easy to get it without a prescription. Individuals who use Valium without a doctor’s prescription and those who abuse it are on the road to Valium addiction.
Why Valium is Addictive
According to drugabuse.com, “Valium decreases activity in the nervous system, including the way brain signaling or communication takes place between various brain centers.” Individuals who use Valium feel high or like they are under the influence of alcohol. Most of the motor functions are impaired as well.
Once your body comes down from the high, you become irritable and start to experience symptoms that Valium is supposed to treat. It is like a deadly cycle. When your body goes through the comedown off Valium, you experience irritability, anxiety, increased heart rate, and depression. The more you take Valium, the faster your body gets used to the drug, thus making you want to take more of it just to feel high.
Signs of Valium Addiction
You are experiencing Valium addiction if you take more than you are prescribed, take it with other drugs or alcohol, snort it, inject it, or crave the drug. Other signs of addiction are feeling lazy, feelings of isolation and loss of enjoyment. If you feel as if you cannot function properly without it, you may be addicted.
If you abuse Valium without a prescription, you will experience withdrawals. If you use Valium for a longer period of time, your withdrawals will be prolonged. Since Valium affects the neurological system, the withdrawals include seizures, hallucinations, and even personality changes.
It is awfully easy to get Valium, but the long-term effects of it are bad and can be deadly. Although it is not common to die from Valium alone, it can be fatal when it is mixed with other drugs and alcohol. You can also overdose if you take too much. But if you can commit to detoxing, then curing your Valium addiction will help relieve these symptoms and get you back to feeling like yourself again.
You do not want to become dependent on any drug, especially Valium, to be able to function. If you have experienced any of the symptoms above, you will need to detox. If you know anyone who is experiencing any of the symptoms, you may need to get them help. Seek a medical facility to begin the detox process. Call Substance Intervention today. We are your one-stop shop for fighting addiction.