When Valium is used as directed by a physician, it usually helps more than it harms. However, because Valium creates calming, relaxing feelings, it has a high potential for abuse and addiction. If Valium is used over a long period of time, the user can experience symptoms of withdrawal because the body has become habituated to the presence of the drug. It can be helpful to learn about the symptoms of Valium withdrawal to make the best decisions about treatment for yourself or your loved one. Many people interested in quitting Valium decide to enter a treatment program for Valium withdrawal management.
What Is Valium Withdrawal?
After a period of time, the body becomes used to the presence of Valium in its systems and makes changes accordingly. Then, when the Valium is stopped, the body reacts. This reaction can be uncomfortable and, in the case of Valium, even dangerous without the care of a physician. Many times, people started using Valium to relieve anxiety or sleep problems. When the Valium is stopped, those problems can come back with intensity. Also, since Valium is a drug that alters the function of the central nervous system when it is stopped, in rare cases, it can cause a person to have seizures. Having a seizure can be dangerous and even possibly fatal.
What Are the Signs of Valium Withdrawal?
Usually, when Valium is stopped, the symptoms of withdrawal will begin within 24 hours. Some of the symptoms of early Valium withdrawal are:
- Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
- Severe “rebound” anxiety or panic attacks
- Restlessness or a feeling of agitation
- Muscle cramps and achiness
- Sweating and chills
Not everyone will experience all these symptoms. SImilarly, the intensity of the symptoms may vary between persons. However, it any are persistent, an individual needs support.
How Long Does Valium Withdrawal Last?
Valium withdrawal can last up to a month, although the most intense symptoms usually last only a week or two. Everyone’s experience with withdrawal is different, though, since everyone’s circumstances are different.
Why Is Valium Withdrawal Dangerous?
Since Valium is a drug that acts on the central nervous system, when it is stopped, the central nervous system can go a little haywire. In some rare cases, people who stop Valium suddenly have had seizures. A seizure can lead to injury or death, especially if it happens unexpectedly. If you or someone you care about wants to stop taking Valium, you should consult a Valium addiction treatment professional.
What Is Valium Withdrawal Management, and How Can It Help?
When a person begins a Valium withdrawal management program, they will be slowly weaned off of Valium under the supervision of doctors and other medical care staff. Over a period of time, the client will step down their use of Valium and either stop entirely or transition to a safer drug that will be easier to stop using. During this process, the client will also participate in counseling and therapies designed to help them address the root causes of addiction and develop the skills they will need to help them achieve lasting recovery.
Discover How Liberty Health Services Can Help You Heal from a Valium Addiction
We at Liberty Health Services are deeply committed to helping our clients and their families heal from the trauma of addiction and achieve lasting recovery. Our treatment center, located on a beautiful forested property in Derry, New Hampshire, provides a luxurious setting for clients to rest and focus fully on recovery. If you or someone you love has been battling Valium addiction, don’t wait. Reach out to our caring and knowledgeable staff today at 855.959.4521 and let us tell you what we can do to help you and your family.