Getting Valium addiction help and recovery begins when the addict—ideally with the support of their loved ones—recognizes they have a dependence on the drug. Typically, treatment begins with an assessment and evaluation of the level of addiction—including how much of the drug was being taken and for how long—followed by a course of action to handle detoxification. The most important procedure for treating Valium addiction is to taper off the drug slowly over a period of time in order to minimize the complicated symptoms that arise once the drug leaves the body: if the addict stops taking the drug to abruptly, serious health conditions can result including heart attacks, stroke, coma and, in rare cases, death.
The initial stages of withdrawal—during which the patient may experience a host of uncomfortable but not usually life-threatening conditions—runs its course within three to six days. But often, the addict will go through a relapse of symptoms within two weeks. And within a month the body and brain has generally returned to a normal condition where a state of dependence no longer exists. And often, medications such Propranolol, promethazine or chlormethiazole may be prescribed as they’ve been shown to help ease the worst of the detox symptoms such as alternating anxiety and depression, headaches, sensitivities to light and sound and other uncomfortable conditions.
Once the detoxification process has run its course an array of emotional and psychological problems will likely still exist for the addict. Therefore, any addiction treatment for Valium should include one-on-one or peer counseling programs that can address the underlying issues that caused the abuse and addiction in the first place. These issues are best approached through behavioral treatments and therapeutic interventions that teach healthy and effective methods of coping with the stresses of life without Valium.
Common coping techniques for avoiding a relapse into Valium use include avoiding familiar places and people related to Valium use and, of course, consistently reinforcing the negative consequences of their addiction, such as a loss of personal relationships, financial, legal, and career problems and a deterioration of family bonds and trust. By confronting these consequences, the addict vastly improves their chance for a lasting recovery from Valium addiction.
It’s been nearly six decades that Valium has been a highly-prescribed medication in our country, and throughout that time abuse of and addiction to the drug have been nearly constant, a sure signal that it’s a serious public health issue. But by combining a well-structured detoxification process with professional behavioral therapy in either an in- or outpatient setting combined with strong family and friend support, the chances of lifelong recovery from this debilitating addiction are excellent and attainable.