Valium belongs to a class of drugs known as benzodiazepine, or “benzos,” along with other prescription drugs such as Xanax and Ativan. While it is often prescribed to treat anxiety, muscle spasms and insomnia that does not mean that it is non-addictive. People make think that because it is prescribed by a doctor, it is not an addictive drug. This is not the case. If abused, Valium can be both mentally and physically addictive.
Signs of Valium addiction include:
- Fear of running out of Valium
One of the signs of Valium addiction is a preoccupation—a mental obsession really—with having the drug and getting more of it.
- Going to multiple doctors to get prescribed Valium
This is a practice known as doctor shopping and it is illegal. Trying to get Valium from several different doctors or going to see a doctor for the sole purpose of getting prescribed Valium is a sign that there is a problem.
- Using Valium to escape
Relying on Valium to deal—or not deal—with your problems can be a symptom of abuse.
- Taking more than what is prescribed
Taking more than what your doctor recommended or taking that Valium that has not been prescribed to you is a problem that may require professional treatment. One of the symptoms of addiction is developing a tolerance of your drug of choice. A tolerance occurs when a person consistently uses a drug and it begins to require a greater amount of the substance to feel the same effects.
- Mixing Valium with other substances
Taking Valium with other drugs or alcohol is not only a sign of drug abuse, but it can be fatal.
- Experiencing withdrawal symptoms
If you regularly take Valium, you run the risk of developing a physically dependency on the drug. Valium withdrawal symptoms can include body aches, “pins and needles” sensations, insomnia, nausea, seizure and death. If you abruptly stop taking Valium and begin to experience any of these symptoms, seek medical assistance.
If you are concerned that you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to Valium, There is a Solution can help. There is a Solution is a treatment placement service. We can walk you through the process of finding treatment for a valium addiction. We work with a number of detox facilities, inpatient drug treatment centers, outpatient programs and sober living residences.
Don’t wait until addiction has cost you everything—call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250.