Valium Abuse and Treatment
A Powerful Prescription Sedative
Valium is a brand-name form of the drug diazepam and one of the most popular benzodiazepines on the market. Benzodiazepines are a class of drug commonly used to treat anxiety and sleep disorder. Valium is a depressant drug that strengthens the effects of a neurotransmitter in the brain called gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). GABA works to slow down brain activity, so increasing GABA neurotransmission will result in less activity and reduced anxiety. While it’s proven remarkably effective due to its muscle relaxant, anti-convulsant, and sedative properties, Valium also has an incredibly high potential for abuse, misuse and subsequent addiction. If you or a loved one has fallen victim to Valium abuse, RU Encore is ready to provide expert, compassionate and effective treatment.
Signs and Symptoms of Valium Abuse
Identifying Valium Abuse
Valium abuse creates significant risks and dangers for the abuser’s health and quality of life so it’s important that patterns of abuse be identified as early as possible to prevent any serious damage that can take place. Some of the more common signs of Valium abuse include, but are not confined to:
- Everyday Use of the Drug
- Changes in Sleeping Patterns
- Bizarre and Erratic Changes in Mood
- Vivid Dreams and Nightmares
- Loss of Coordination
- Changes in Eating Habits
- Doctor Shopping
- And More
Like all other prescription drugs, the line between abuse and legitimate use of Valium can often get blurred. This is why loved ones and friends must closely monitor behavior and intake whenever possible.