News coverage about addiction often zeroes in on well-known drugs like heroin or meth. However, addiction stems from many legal and illegal drugs. For example, many people get Valium prescriptions for anxiety without knowing that it’s also addictive. That’s why a Valium addiction treatment program is available at many rehab clinics.
Specifically, Valium is part of a family of medications called benzodiazepines. This family of drugs affects your brain and nervous system. In essence, they help your body and brain slow down a little. Moreover, this helps offset the amped-up feelings that drive anxiety or insomnia.
Technically speaking, Valium affects the level of a neurotransmitter called GABA. GABA helps control communication in your nervous system and brain. However, more GABA means that fewer signals that ramp up your emotions get received. The fewer signals you get, the less anxious you become.
Someone who abuses Valium often acts like someone who is drunk on alcohol. For example, a few of the obvious signs include:
More extreme symptoms sometimes show up from heavy abuse, like hallucinations, suicidal thoughts, and seizures.
Much like with alcohol abuse, a Valium addiction treatment program begins with medical detox. In fact, Valium withdrawal can produce dangerous symptoms. Someone in Valium withdrawal might experience delusions, hallucinations, paranoia, and seizures.
The detox process is sometimes complex with Valium. Therefore, some detox programs use a tapering process that slowly reduces the dose. The real value in medical detox from Valium is the treatment of the other symptoms.
The medical staff can provide antidepressants that help stabilize mood. Furthermore, they give you anticonvulsants that help prevent seizures. A medication called baclofen reduces cravings. This combination of medications makes the detox process much safer.
The crucial period is the first 3-4 days. In fact, that’s when Valium clears your system. The worst symptoms show up then. However, once you move past that acute phase, you get the less dangerous symptoms of general withdrawal. This is when you move on to a rehab program.
Your admission into a Valium addiction treatment program will probably include an interview with a physician. Since the detox center might put you on a Valium tapering program, the rehab center doctor must review the dosages and tapering schedule. Moreover, the interview also lets the doctor review the dosage for any antidepressant medications you take.
The interview helps pin down some specifics about your addiction, personality, and personal history. Therefore, that information guides the specifics of your treatment.
Say that you work in a high-stress work environment, for example. If stress is your main trigger for taking Valium, the treatment might focus more on coping strategies. If childhood trauma drives your addiction, the treatment might focus more on one-on-one counseling.
Even with custom options, everyone in a rehab program can expect standard therapies, such as:
Some rehab programs place a lot of emphasis on preparing you for going back to your day-to-day life. In fact, Crest View Recovery Center calls this approach reality therapy.
The approach puts you into real-world scenarios you’ll face after rehab. For example, you might visit a movie theater or play a round of mini-golf. These activities help ground your addiction treatment in everyday obstacles like frustration or annoyance with other people. They also let you practice the life and coping skills you learn in rehab.
Some programs also include holistic therapies, such as art therapy and yoga. These therapies support a total person approach to recovery. The idea is a person’s recovery depends on mental, physical, and spiritual wellness.
Crest View Recovery Center maintains a treatment program for benzodiazepine addiction. Additionally, we integrate our reality therapy approach into the benzo addiction program.
It might not get the same attention from the news, but Valium addiction will decide your future if you let it. A quality Valium addiction program can help you break its hold over you. Call 866-986-1371 to learn more about our benzo addiction program.