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Saturday, April 2, 2011

Valium Addiction

Eine Dose mit ValiumImage via WikipediaWhat is Valium?
Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs that help people decrease anxiety, nervousness and sleeplessness. Benzodiazepines help people recovering from alcoholism because it seems to lessons withdrawal symptoms as well. Valium is a therapeutic drug that also has extremely addictive qualities.
It is used to manage short-term anxiety disorders as well as to reduce the negative effects of sudden alcohol withdrawal. It is also used as a muscle relaxant and anti-convulsant.

Valium addiction can be the result when the drug is used for longer or in greater quantities than was prescribed by a doctor for anxiety or pain. The addict may find that they need more and more just to achieve the desired effect. Approximately 50 percent of people who are on this medication for six months or more show Valium addiction signs.

The first step in confronting Valium addiction is often having the addict physically detoxify from the drug. This has to be done carefully because often stopping the drug can have the very effects that the drug was originally intended to help with: panic and anxiety.

Signs of Addiction to Valium
Lack of coordination
Fatigue or drowsiness
Decrease in memory
Blunt emotions
Difficulty in focusing
Aches, pains and other physical ailments

Valium withdrawal
Withdrawal from Valium can be serious and if not monitored properly could lead to death. It is important if you or your loved one is thinking about stopping the drug that it be closely monitored by a medical professional. If you or loved one has tried to stop before without success, there are substance abuse treatment centers available for this type of drug abuse.

Valium withdrawal symptoms:
Diaphoresis (sweating)
High blood pressure
Increase in heart rate
Tingling in extremities
Loss of appetite and weight
Stomach problems
Vision problems
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