What is Valium and its Uses

Prescription drug abuse is more prevalent than ever before in the United States, and the feeling of relaxation induced by the sedative Valium makes it one of the most frequently abused prescription medications on the market. People who abuse Valium by taking too much of the drug or taking it too frequently may be at risk for Valium dependence and addiction, which can have devastating consequences. If you know someone who is suffering from a Valium addiction, get them the help they need by calling Freedom Drug Rehab today. With the help of a professional substance abuse counselor, you can ensure your loved one gets the help he or she needs before it’s too late.

How Valium Works

Valium is the brand name of a drug called diazepam, a benzodiazepine used as a sedative or tranquilizer, often to help treat anxiety, mood disorders, insomnia or symptoms of alcohol withdrawal. In some cases, Valium may be prescribed to individuals experiencing muscle spasms, restless legs syndrome, seizures, tremors or irritable bowel syndrome. The drug works by enhancing the effects of a neurotransmitter in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), which can help slow down or stop abnormal brain activity, resulting in a calming effect, and in some cases, feelings of euphoria. Because of Valium’s long half-life, it can take 20 hours or more for just half of the drug to leave the body, which makes it easy to take too much of the drug at once.

Non-Medical Uses of Valium

Because it acts on the central nervous system, affecting emotions and slowing brain activity, Valium can act as a psychoactive drug, and some people use it recreationally to induce feelings of drowsiness, relaxation or a loss of inhibition, known as a Valium high. Although Valium use can result in pleasant effects, like relaxation and altered mood, the drug can also cause unpleasant side effects, like mood changes, drowsiness, and stomach problems, and even at normal doses, Valium can result in serious complications, like irregular heartbeat, tremors, and seizures. There is no way to determine who will experience adverse side effects from Valium, but they are more likely to occur when the drug is misused. Although it’s difficult to overdose on Valium, the drug can cause excessive drowsiness and other serious issues when used recreationally.

Signs of a Valium Addiction

When Valium is taken therapeutically in doses prescribed by a medical professional, the chances of Valium addiction are limited. However, when Valium is used recreationally, it can be addictive, and if you take a larger dose of Valium than prescribed, take it for a longer time than prescribed, or take it more often than prescribed, you may develop a tolerance to the drug, which means it takes higher doses of Valium to elicit the same effects as before. Long-term or excessive use of Valium can also cause you to experience symptoms of withdrawal when you stop taking it, which is a sign of a physical dependence that may require professional help. Some common signs of Valium abuse include:

  • Confusion
  • Aggression
  • Depression
  • Loss of inhibitions
  • Hallucinations
  • Hostility
  • Agitation
  • Tremors
  • Loss of bladder control
  • Hyperactivity
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm

Contact Freedom Drug Rehab for Help

Prescription drug abuse is a growing problem in this country, and as prescription medications become more and more readily available for recreational use, it’s a problem that’s not going to go away anytime soon. Because Valium is a central nervous system depressant, it is frequently abused by people who want to feel more relaxed and less anxious, or who want to experience a Valium high. If you or someone you know regularly takes Valium without a prescription or mixes Valium with alcohol or another prescription drug, especially other benzodiazepines, don’t hesitate to call Freedom Drug Rehab to find out how you can help.

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