There is a point in many people’s lives when they realize they need help for their addiction. For some people, this point comes after they have hit rock bottom and have nowhere else to turn. For others, they may have already been to treatment and are struggling to stay sober. No matter where you are on your journey, Northpoint Washington can help.
Northpoint Washington is a mental health and substance abuse treatment facility that specializes in helping people through Valium withdrawal symptoms and other difficult times. The staff is made up of highly trained professionals who are passionate about helping people get and stay sober.
The Rise in Benzodiazepine Abuse
Benzodiazepines, which include Valium and Xanax, are commonly prescribed for anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and other mental health conditions. However, they have become increasingly popular as street drugs due to their sedative effects. Unfortunately, many people do not realize the risks that come with using benzodiazepines recreationally.
Recently, fentanyl has become a rising issue for those with benzo addiction. Even though fentanyl is an opioid, it is often mixed with benzodiazepines to create an even more powerful and dangerous high. Additionally, illicit fentanyl is sometimes cut into counterfeit benzodiazepines, leading to an even higher risk of overdose.
What Is Diazepam?
Diazepam, also known by its brand name Valium, is a benzodiazepine medication that belongs to a class of drugs known as central nervous system (CNS) depressants.
Diazepam is a very popular drug, and it is prescribed for a variety of conditions. However, it is also one of the most abused drugs in the world. People abuse Valium because it can produce a feeling of euphoria, relaxation, and sedation.
Valium Withdrawal Symptoms
Valium withdrawal symptoms can be very severe and can even be life-threatening. That is why it is so important to get professional help when you are trying to quit. The staff at Northpoint Washington has years of experience helping people through Valium withdrawal, and they can help you too.
Benzodiazepines are very powerful drugs, and it is important to be aware of the potential risks before taking them. Valium withdrawal symptoms can be divided into two categories: mental and physical.
Mental withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Mood swings
There are also several physical signs of withdrawal.
Physical withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Muscle aches
- Nausea and vomiting
- Increased heart rate
- Increased blood pressure
Valium withdrawal symptoms can start as soon as a few hours after your last dose. They can peak within twenty-four hours and can last for weeks. Withdrawal symptoms can be very difficult to deal with on your own, which is why professional help is so important.
Benzodiazepine Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome (PAWS)
Post-acute withdrawal syndrome is a condition that can occur after the initial withdrawal period. Symptoms of PAWS may include fatigue, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. People who suffer from PAWS usually find it difficult to stay sober for longer periods of time. That is why professional help is so important in these cases.
People who are recovering from benzo addiction and experience PAWS are also at risk of seizures. That is why it is so important to seek help if you are having any withdrawal symptoms, no matter how mild they might seem at first.
The Importance of Detox
Detox is the first and most important step in recovery from Valium abuse. During detox, your body can rid itself of the drug and all of its toxins. This process can be difficult, and it is important to have trained professionals to help you through it.
After you have completed detox, you can be ready to begin treatment. Treatment for Valium abuse typically includes both individual and group therapy. During treatment, you can work on the underlying issues that led to your addiction, and you can learn how to cope with triggers and cravings. At Northpoint Washington, we can help you through the detox process and work with you to create a custom treatment plan that is right for you.
Valium Abuse Treatment at Northpoint Washington
The staff at Northpoint Washington can work with you to create a customized treatment plan that meets your unique needs. Treatment can typically start with a medically supervised detoxification process to help you through the worst of the withdrawal symptoms. Once you are through the detoxification process, you can work with a team of therapists to help you understand and manage your addiction.
If you or someone you love is struggling with Valium addiction, please reach out for help. The staff at Northpoint Washington is ready to help you start your journey to recovery.