What is Diazepam (Valium)?
Diazepam is the generic benzodiazepine drug commonly known as Valium. Like other benzodiazepines, it depresses the central nervous system and decreases brain activity.
Valium is a long-acting sedative-depressant benzodiazepine, which means that it has to be taken in fewer doses because it stays longer in the patient’s body. It has anti-anxiety properties.
What is Valium prescribed for?
Diazepam (Valium) is usually prescribed to treat a range of conditions, such as anxiety or panic disorders, major depressive disorder, muscle spasms, insomnia, seizures as well as to ease symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Despite common belief that Valium is safe and less addictive than other drugs because it is legal and can be taken under doctor’s prescription, Valium is addictive when abused or taken over a long period of time.
Common Valium side-effects include weakness, drowsiness, confusion, blurred vision, irregular heartbeat, dizziness or skin rash. It is very dangerous to combine Valium with other drugs like alcohol and opiates and may lead to convulsions or coma.
Valium Rehab Treatment
Detoxification from Diazepam (Valium)
Valium withdrawal symptoms might manifest through severe anxiety, panic, restlessness and insomnia, muscle cramps, shakiness, headaches and vomiting. Valium detox can be dangerous without medical guidance.
At Castle Craig, the Valium detox programme is medically supervised so that each patient’s physical and psychological safety is guaranteed. Diazepam (Valium) detox starts with a thorough mental and psychological evaluation by our Consultant Psychiatrist. Based on each patient’s individual assessment, their medical and drug use history, they will be prescribed a personalised detox regime.
We provide 24/7 medically monitored Valium detox. This means that our resident nursing staff supervise patients throughout the day. According to their progress, their detox dose is adjusted accordingly so as to remove the drugs from the body while minimising withdrawal symptoms and preventing complications.
The safest Valium detox method involves gradually reducing the dose on a regular basis, over a period of time until complete abstinence is achieved. Other medication may be used to help ease the diazepam (Valium) withdrawal process.
Residential Rehab Programme for Diazepam (Valium) Addiction
Completing Castle Craig’s diazepam (Valium) rehab highly increases the chance of a successful Valium recovery.
Castle Craig’s residential rehab programme brings daily routine and healthy habits back into an otherwise chaotic lifestyle. Our Valium treatment programme provides a structured environment of daily specialist group therapy, complementary therapies, 12-step support groups, lectures and shared activities, regular meals and exercise for a sustained recovery.
Each patient has their own personalised treatment plan, which addresses their specific psychological and therapeutic needs. Each patient attends individual counselling with their personal therapist. In these sessions, the patient needs to process the mental and emotional damage of Valium addiction. Together with their therapist, they will formulate strategies to cope with Valium cravings and function in everyday life without using drugs.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is a key tool for diazepam (Valium) addiction because it helps patients examine their patterns of thought and behavior that led to Valium abuse.
People struggling with diazepam addiction often develop co-occurring mental disorders. We offer dual-diagnosis treatment to help patients fight any underlying psychological issues that contributed to their dizapam addiction.
Treatment does not end at discharge: Castle Craig remains the patient’s stable resource in recovery after they complete the treatment programme, through a personalised two-year aftercare plan.
Get Help for Diazepam (Valium) Addiction
If you or someone you know is abusing Valium or is struggling with an addiction to diazepam (Valium), early recognition is vital. Take the first step and contact us today. We can arrange quick pre-assessment with one of our Consultant Psychiatrists. Castle Craig Rehab has over 30 years experience in treating benzodiazepine addiction.
Page last reviewed and medically fact-checked | June 14, 2021