Rehab for Valium Addiction in San Diego

Did you start taking the minimum dose, then a 10 mg pill (the strongest dose manufactured) every morning and within months ended up with 20 to 30 mg of Valium every day?

Are you free-falling through a range of physical and mental symptoms that, despite popping pill after pill? Do you constantly feel like you’re about to have panic attack, suffocating paranoia that everyone hates you, agoraphobia, migraines, constant dry retching, uncontrollable sobbing, hot and cold flushes and heart palpitations?  You may be addicted to Valium.

Detoxing from Valium

The challenges of withdrawal from Diazepam

Diazepam can be even harder to come off than the more “glamourous” drugs like heroin and cocaine. Withdrawal is dependent on how much you’ve been taking and for how long, but it is potentially life-threatening. Withdrawal from heroin is not actually life-threatening in itself, but the seizures that can occur with stopping Valium can kill. 

What is Valium

The nature of Valium and its challenges of Detox

Valium is a benzodiazepine used to treat hallucinations, anxiety and agitation among many other symptoms. It stimulates the release of the natural ‘reward’ chemical in the brain called “dopamine”. Now scientists have revealed it also acts on another brain pathway which they believe makes patients become drug addicts.

Why Valium is Addictive

Valium is from the Benzodiazepine family

BDZs (benzodiazepines) activate GABA, a neurotransmitter which increases the release dopamine. It has been proposed that a medicine such as Valium may be addictive because it works using the GABA circuit.

As Addictive as Heroin?

Although scientists state that Valium is not the same as illegal drugs like heroin, they do suggest that both stimulate equivalent dopamine mechanisms.  Further research could prompt pharmaceutical companies to redesign BDZ drugs like Valium and Xanax to exclude the addictive side effect.

Why People Abuse Valium

Valium is used by millions of people to treat wide-ranging medical problems such as panic attacks, anxiety insomnia, muscle spasms (such as a tic in one’s cheek or eyelid), alcoholic drinks withdrawal and restless legs syndrome.

How Valium Abuse Started

Valium was one of the first ‘benzos’, quickly becaming the pill for every ill through the early 1970’s, prescribed in profligate amounts to anyone struggling with the hurdles of life. More than sixty percent of consumers were female and Valium was soon dubbed ‘mother’s little helper’.

History of Valium

Valium and the other benzos are derived from chemical compounds which make some of them more addictive even than heroin.   A vast group of people suffer appalling withdrawal symptoms so severe they are unfit to get a job, have stable relationships or even independent living. Some have also been left with permanent effects, including memory loss, having trouble finishing sentences, excruciating pain, paranoia, seizure-type movements, muscle cramps, flu-like symptoms, morbid ideas and dementia.

Valium overdosing’s legacy has touched everyone from teenagers and poverty stricken single mothers to middle-class divorcees and Hollywood stars. Some addicts even resort to suicide. 

Despite guidelines dating back to the late 1980’s, which warn doctors to limit the prescribing of this potent and controversial drug, clinicians have prescribed it to handle many hard-to-treat and hard-to-diagnose individuals.

There are now almost 200 different formulations of Valium-derived medications. While heroin users are sometimes offered substantial help to kick their addiction, benzodiazepine addicts receive relatively little support.

More than 450 different versions of the Valium were subsequently marketed by different companies worldwide after Hoffmann La Roche lost its patent protection by the mid 1980’s. Despite its multiple side-effects, it became one of the world’s best-selling drugs. It is not uncommon to have compounding addictions with Valium such as alcoholism.

Secret addictions and Tapering off Valium

Secret addictions –such as addiction to Valium- are more common than you think, People simply don’t realize that someone is addicted because they’re managing to hide it. While having the “gumption” to deal with addiction alone is admirable, patients are advised to seek medical help with any concerns about diazepam.

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Get treatment for Valium addiction in San Diego at La Jolla Recovery

It can be dangerous to stop taking Valium abruptly; withdrawal should be gradual, under medical supervision, such as that provided by La Jolla Recovery in San Diego. Our completely nonjudgmental clinicians will help you taper off Valium slowly. Valium withdrawal may be rough and uncomfortable. At La Jolla Recovery we have medication assisted treatment to reduce physiological symptoms and increase positive Valium detox outcomes.  You will realize how much of yourself was lost to Valium. But at that point, you will start feeling like your old self again, maybe realizing just how much you actually liked that person. La Jolla Recovery has over a decade of experience in treating diazepam addiction as well as other mental condition for which a Valium prescription was recommended in the first place. If you or someone you know is abusing diazepam (Valium) or is struggling with an addiction to it, take the first step by reaching out to us. A space of tranquility and professional support awaits in the sunny beaches of La Jolla and Pacific Beach, San Diego.

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