Valium is the marketing name for diazepam, a drug belonging to the benzodiazepine family. A mild tranquilizer similar to Xanax, Valium has been prescribed to treat the symptoms of anxiety and other mood disorders for decades. It’s addictive, often abused recreationally and dangerous when abused. From 2005 to 2011, nearly 1 million emergency room visits in the U.S. were due to benzodiazepines like Valium. At one point being addicted to Valium even had cute names like “Mommies little helper” for example.
Sovereign Health is a leading provider of Valium addiction treatment. In addition to treating addiction’s physical symptoms, our staff also addresses any co-occurring mental disorders. We strive to ensure that every patient has the best chance at a lasting recovery.
Not all drug abuse involves multiday benders, or secretly purchasing illicit drugs in a dark alley. Drug abuse can be as simple as continuing to take a drug like Valium after the prescription has expired, or taking a pill innocently offered by a friend to alleviate momentary stress.
People engage in Valium abuse for many reasons. The sedative effect can help some people relax, or forget their problems. Also, Valium’s effects can be amplified considerably when combined with other drugs like alcohol. This is a highly dangerous combination, as it can seriously affect the body’s ability to breathe. Like many other drugs, it’s possible to build up a tolerance to Valium’s effects, requiring the user to take larger amounts of the drug in order to feel its effects. This pattern will eventually lead to addiction.