How Long Does It Take to Get Addicted to Valium?
Valium is classified as a type of benzodiazepine and is commonly prescribed to treat anxiety, insomnia and seizures. It is a brand name version of diazepam and is a type of mild tranquilizer due its sedative and hypnotic effects. When taking Valium for a prolonged period of time, it is possible to build up a tolerance to the drug which will require larger or more frequent doses to produce the desired effects. Intentionally abusing Valium increases the rate at which tolerance builds and leads to physical dependency and addiction.
Abuse Speeds up the Addiction Process
When taking Valium as prescribed by a doctor the likelihood of becoming addicted to Valium is slim. The real risk is in abusing Valium. Valium abuse can begin with a prescription or with recreational use. An individual with a prescription may intentionally abuse Valium by taking the drug more frequently or in larger doses than directed by a doctor. Valium is also commonly abused by taking the drug simultaneously with other substances such as alcohol. Individuals may also decide to experiment with non-prescribed Valium for recreational or self-medicating purposes.
Abuse leads to a rapid tolerance to the drug. If abuse continues, physical dependency will soon develop leading to the experience of withdrawal symptoms if Valium use is suddenly stopped. Once physical dependency has taken hold, an individual will rely on frequent doses of Valium in order to fend off symptoms such as debilitating anxiety or even seizures. Valium addiction can develop and take control of a person’s life in the blink of an eye. Anyone experimenting with Valium needs to reach out for help as soon as possible.
Valium Addiction Help
If you are struggling with Valium abuse, get help before addiction takes control. Call our toll-free helpline today and speak to a representative now. We can help answer any questions you might have about Valium detox, rehab and recovery. Representatives are available to take your call 24 hours a day, so there is no excuse to wait. Help is waiting for you, if you are willing to reach out.