Diazepam and other similar depressants increase the activity of GABA neurotransmitter in the brain which produces a calming effect. This medication can induce feelings of euphoria, reduce anxiety and tension, and cause sedation. Diazepam addiction rarely happens overnight. However, frequent use or taking higher doses of the medication may develop tolerance leading to addiction.
Diazepam is usually abused by people who misuse multiple drugs, specifically those who are alcoholics and heroin addicts. Abuse use of diazepam can lead to drug tolerance or dependence. When the body gets used to the drug, the person increases the drug dosage amount to achieve the same effect. This leads to the development of physical dependence – the person is unable to stop taking the drug without experiencing withdrawal symptoms. It may take a few weeks to several months for the signs of diazepam abuse to develop.
You can identify if someone is abusing diazepam if the signs include the following:
• Using the prescription at a faster rate than normal
• Taking more than the prescribed amount of the drug
• Uncontrolled consumption of the drug
• Paradoxical reactions to the drug such as excitement or rage
• Memory loss
• Abnormal behavior
• Reduced performance
• Strange odor on the person’s clothes, breath or body
There is no specific time frame for how long it takes for someone to be addicted to Diazepam. When your body needs more of the drug to continue to feel its desired effects, your body becomes tolerant. Tolerance depends on how much you take it and how usual you take the drug. Physical and mental health is also determiners of how quickly your brain and body adjust to Valium’s presence. Also, preexisting health issues and other factors identify how quickly this tolerance becomes dependence and then addiction.
When you still continue to use Diazepam despite experiencing negative effects, addiction has begun. Addiction is not how long you have been using a drug or how much of the drug you use; it is the inability to stop using despite the consequences.
Physical addiction happens when a person will experience the physical symptoms from drug use or withdrawal. The body physically reacts to not having the drug it is used to depending on. People with physical addiction usually will feel pain and sickness when not using or taking the drug they are addicted to. Addiction from diazepam can cause serious and dangerous withdrawal symptoms of Diazepam. Withdrawal from diazepam physical addiction can be mild or severe.
This happens when a person does not have a physical need for a drug but rather mentalities desire for it. Psychological addiction is influenced by the part of the brain called nucleus accumbens. This particular part of the brain is responsible for controlling pleasurable feelings and gives you the desire to recreate those pleasurable feelings. Diazepam stimulates the brain’s pleasure area and creates feelings of calmness and euphoria. People who misuse this medication are more likely to repeat that behavior again in the future.
If a person exhibits the following signs, he or she may be addicted to diazepam.
• Obsessing about the next time the drug will be consumed
• Inability to stop using the drug without experiencing withdrawal symptoms
• Visiting multiple doctors to secure a prescription for the drug
• The person revolves around obtaining and consuming the drug
• Feeling a compulsion to consume the drug
• Poor personal hygiene
• Onset psychological disorders such as hallucinations and paranoia
Diazepam addiction can have dangerous health consequences. The effects include low blood pressure, severe dizziness, respiratory depression, seizure activity in the brain and overdose.
Long term use of diazepam can also lead to decreased cognitive function that persists long after use of the drug is stopped. It may also lead to anterograde amnesia where the person is unable to remember events that occurred after taking the drug. Diazepam also reduces inhibitions and a user may engage in activities he or she would not do. Similarly, the person may engage in irresponsible sexual activity which can lead to unwanted pregnancy or the contraction of sexually transmitted diseases.
Other than physical and mental health risks, diazepam addiction or misuse can be reflected in the following:
• Problems managing responsibilities or changing priorities
• New and different social circles
• Increased conflict with loved ones
• Sending more time focused on getting and using diazepam
• Financial or legal problems associated with using diazepam
• The inability to quit use despite the efforts to do so
Not everyone who uses Diazepam becomes addicted. You can slow the progress of tolerance and dependence, and as well as addiction. It is important to identify risk factors which cause it.
Genes or family history of addiction puts a person at greater risk for developing addiction issues and developing them faster. Underlying health concerns or issues can also put someone at risk.
We recommend you to carefully monitor your drug use and be aware of and honest about any changes in your thoughts, behavior, and mood and physical health. Take these changes seriously and take immediate action to slow the progression of Diazepam addiction.
Recovering from diazepam addiction requires more than a personal commitment to quit the drug. People who try to stop taking diazepam without medical support are at risk of experiencing dangerous rebound effects on the central nervous system such as seizures, anxiety, and muscle spasms. In order to minimize these effects, a doctor can prescribe a gradual dose reduction. People suffering from diazepam addiction have more chances of recovering if they have a multidisciplinary treatment. It is also important to understand the nature of diazepam addiction before even starting the detox or recovery process.
This treatment will allow for the safe removal of the remaining medication from the body. Medical providers on staff will be ready and available to address any complications and risks arise from withdrawal symptoms. Medical detoxification is the first part of the rehabilitation process for recovery from any drug or substance addiction. There are several medically managed approaches to diazepam withdrawal treatment.
• Weaning off the individual from his or her current dose over the course of weeks or months.
• Switching to another longer acting benzodiazepine.
• Substituting phenobarbital in those with long periods of high dose diazepam abuse.
Following detoxification, diazepam addiction treatment should begin. The treatment will include behavioral therapies. This is to manage thoughts, feelings, and behaviors associated with substance abuse while finding ways to build motivation and reward the individual for periods of abstinence from the drug. There are several options including:
• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
This type of therapy focuses on understanding how people think, feel and understand themselves and the world around them. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy allows the doctor or psychiatrist to work with the individual to understand the triggers of use and methods to prevent relapse.
• Interpersonal Interviewing Techniques
This treatment is used to build an internal sense of motivation and commitment of the person towards recovery.
• Behavioral Modification Therapy and Management
This therapy helps provide rewards for recovery-focused behaviors like attending treatment and joining community activities.
• Engaging the Family System in Therapy
Having the individual’s friends and loved ones in session therapies is a positive and effective way to promote recovery.
Luxury and executive rehabilitation offer or provide extra privacy, extra services, extra room and complementary therapies such as yoga, massage, biofeedback, music or art therapy, and many others. For people who have Diazepam Addiction who must continue to work, executive rehabs are geared toward privacy and one-on-one therapy while facilitating the patient’s need to do business and travel.
Most treatment programs emphasize solid aftercare programs to continue the progress made during the initial treatment period. The intensity and types of aftercare approaches may vary. Others may continue to attend one-on-one counseling with an addiction therapist or some may attend support group meetings. Also, others may also enroll in a formal outpatient program to continue receiving much needed, structured support without the need to enter a residential center.
Diazepam addiction can occur even in those prescribed doses. Addiction can cause serious health issues and can affect the people around us and as well as our jobs. Recovery from diazepam addiction may be difficult, but you can achieve it as long as you are really committed. Recovering from diazepam addiction can take some time, but it is worth it.