Valium is a sedative, an anti-anxiety drug that is one of the most illicitly abused drugs in the country. Though abuse of the drug in the country is not as common as other drugs such as marijuana and shabu (methamphetamine), there’s no denying that many still resort to Valium.
What is Valium?
Valium is one of the many popular benzodiazepines. It goes by a generic name diazepam. It is prescriped as an anti-anxiety medication as well as aid for sleeping and certain muscle pain conditions.
Bonzodiazepines work by increasing chemical activity in order to reduce seizures, muscle spasms, and panic attacks.
How is Valium abused?
Valium is typically taken in the form of 0.2 to 10 mgs tablets. However, many abuse the drug by ingesting certain amounts of tablets or even crushing them up and snorting them.
Here in the country, many young people take to abusing Valium as a recreational, social drug. Its sedative effects provide escape, while many use Valium to enhance their feelings of uninhibition and to enhance the effects of alcohol and other drugs.
Effects of Valium Addiction
Too much of anything can lead to tragic, negative consequences. The same is very true when it comes to Valium addiction. Effects include:
- It can lead to overdose which can lead to death
- It can cause withdrawal symptoms
- Tolerance grows, which means you need to take more and more of the drug
- Increases chances to have depression or suicidal tendencies.
- Inability to hold down job, career, school life
- Inability to keep appointments and meet goals or obligations
- Increases risk for accidents especially when driving or operating machinery
- Damage to various body organs
How do you know someone is addicted to Valium?
Below are signs of Valium addiction:
- slurred speech
- defensiveness when someone shows concern over drug use
- wanting to have the drug even by unethical, illegal means
- preoccupation with getting the drug
- thinking about Valium when not using Valium
- becoming panicky or anxious when Valium stock starts to run low
- loss of interest in activities or people you find fulfillment with before
- hanging out with people known to abuse Valium and/or other drugs
- mood swings
- problems at work, in school and at home
- financial problems
Valium Withdrawal Symptoms
- rapid heart rate
- panic attacks
- suicidal thoughts
- loss of appetite
- memory loss
- sensitivity to lights and sounds
- sudden mood swings
Treating Valium Addiction
One way to treat Valium addiction is to cut down on the drug with the help of a doctor. A doctor is always necessary because breaking clean from the drug can become dangerous due to the withdrawal symptoms and complications they may bring.