Valium Addiction and Valium Abuse

In this Special Report, Siobahn Morse, the executive director of the National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies, discusses Valium addiction and abuse.

What is Valium?

Valium is a prescription medication that is used to treat the following conditions: anxiety, including anxiety disorder and anxiety before a surgical procedure and alcohol withdrawal.

What are the effects of Valium?

Valium is part of a group of medicines known as benzodiazepines. Benzos have several different effects on the body including: stopping seizures, reducing anxiety, relaxing muscles and impairing short-term memory.

Valium Addiction and Valium Abuse

Valium Addiction and Valium Abuse

All benzodiazepines can have each of these effects to some degree depending on the specific medication and the dosage.

They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of GABA, a brain chemical that is naturally calming.

GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why valium and other benzodiazepines are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants.

What is Valium addiction and abuse?

Despite their many beneficial effects, benzodiazepines have the potential for abuse and should be used only as prescribed.

During the first few days of taking a benzodiazepine such as valium, a person usually feels sleepy and uncoordinated. However, as the body becomes accustomed to the effects of the drug, these feelings begin to disappear.

If a person uses this drug for a long period of time, the body will develop a tolerance for the drug and larger doses will be needed to achieve the same initial effects.

Continued use can lead to a physical dependence on the drug which can cause withdrawal symptoms when the medication is stopped or reduced.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of Valium?

The withdrawal symptoms of Valium include: panic attacks, seizures, personality changes, numbness or tingling, heart palpitations, hallucinations, memory loss, nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea, anxiety, depression, insomnia, restlessness or irritability, confusion and dizziness.


Valium Withdrawal and Detox

Valium Withdrawal and Detox



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