Did You Know?
“There are now 183 different formulations of Valium-derived medications.” – The Daily Mail
Valium is a brand name for the common drug known as Diazepam. With the wide availability of the drug, Valium is often considered a safe drug with little or no harmful side effects.
However, Valium is a powerful drug and, in some cases, it can be addictive. Therefore, it is important to understand how to recognize early-stage symptoms of Valium addiction, both for yourself and for others.
Valium Addiction Warning Signs
Just to be clear, taking Valium, in and of itself, is not bad. The problems arise when you indulge in more than is prescribed and for longer than prescribed. You can recognize the early warning signs, but you have to know what they are.
- Daily usage
- Valium is often prescribed on an as-needed basis, or PRN (pro re nata). That is not the same as “once a day” or “twice a day.” It is, in effect, a warning to not take it unless absolutely necessary.
- Behavioral traits
- Inexplicable depression
- Change in eating habits
- Physiological traits
- Enlarged pupil size
- Slurred speech
- Slowed breathing
- Shaking and/ or impaired movements
- Social traits
- Isolation and social withdrawal
- Less communicative
- Poor performance at school or work
- Financial problems
- Ignoring normal responsibilities, such as becoming negligent in paying bills
Any of the listed symptoms could be caused by other factors. Nonetheless, any combination of them remains a legitimate cause for concern, whether the cause is Valium or any other substance or condition.
Know Why Early Detection is Important
The problem with Valium addiction is much more serious than many people understand. Consider these two facts:
- The Drug Abuse Warning Network reported that 345,000 emergency room visits in 2010 were related to benzodiazepines such as Valium. Many of these were in combination with alcohol.
- The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports prescription drugs are responsible for more than 36,000 fatal overdoses. This number surpasses the number of deaths attributed to heroin and cocaine.
The earlier you identify a Valium problem, the easier it will be to break the habit. Although withdrawal can be a strenuous experience for anyone quitting the medication, it’s far better than a life of addiction. Recovery from Valium addiction takes time. It isn’t something you can do by quitting cold turkey because the side effects of Valium withdrawal can be deadly.
Know If This is You
You know if you are taking Valium or one of its variants. You know if you have developed these symptoms. What you need to know now is that you need to get help before your situation gets worse because, left untreated, it will. If you need help, or you know someone who does, do not delay. Contact us today.