Benzodiazepines like Valium work in different ways in different people. For example, some people develop signs of psychological and physical dependence to benzodiazepines within a few weeks of starting the drugs, while it might take significantly longer for others to become dependent on it. Clearly, Valium works on each body in a unique way. Every person with a Valium addiction is different, but all those with Valium addictions have one big thing in common – they all need a formal treatment plan in order to recover.
Who Needs Treatment for Valium Abuse
Valium addiction treatment programs are customized, meaning that the treatments patients get are tailored to address the individual factors that have contributed to their Valium abuse. It isn’t at all unusual for benzodiazepine addictions to develop in along with another addiction.
An underlying mental health condition, like depression or anxiety, can leave you vulnerable to a return to Valium use, unless that problem is caught and addressed. By performing interviews and tests with medical professionals, your care team can make sure they’re treating all of the issues you might have.
Medical Detox Options
Once your medical care team has a grasp of all of the factors that might contribute to your Valium addiction, they’ll need to create a plan to help you to recover. Medications might play a key role in that plan. Valium can change the chemistry in your brain, and in time, your brain cells might function at an optimal level only when they have access to the drug they think they need. If you attempt to stop using drugs quickly, you could shock your brain cells into a nasty form of withdrawal, and that could have life-threatening consequences. Thankfully, there are a number of options your treatment team can use to help you get well.
The easiest method involves putting your brain cells through a slow and steady taper. Each day, you’ll get a smaller and smaller amount of Valium (or an equivalent benzodiazepine) until you’re no longer taking any drugs at all. This process can take quite a while to complete. A slow taper isn’t your only option. In fact, the U.S. National Institutes of Health is examining the ability of the drug gabapentin to help people withdraw from benzodiazepines. It’s possible that you might use a method like this and get away from Valium much more quickly. Regardless of the method you use, your treatment team will watch you carefully and ensure that you don’t experience side effects, such as:
Those are signs that your brain needs more time to heal. If your team sees them, the medication adjustments will move more slowly.
Therapies for Valium Addiction
While medications can help your brain cells to heal, therapy will help you to build up new habits and new opinions, and those things can keep you sober in the future. The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) suggests that cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) is an effective treatment for addictions to depressants like Valium.
In sessions that follow this model, you work closely with a therapist on an addiction treatment game plan. You develop a comprehensive list of the emotions, the people, and the places that tend to increase your urge to use Valium. Then you talk, plan, and role-play until you know what to do to either avoid these situations or get through them without using Valium again. Family therapies might also be a good choice for you if your Valium addiction has pushed your relationships to the limit. In family therapy, you can repair that damage and learn to really work with your family, and that might also help you to stay sober.
Why Futures of Palm Beach for Valium Treatment
Futures of Palm Beach is a luxury drug addiction treatment center that specializes in co-occurring disorders. Our accredited and experienced medical team and ensures high quality treatment and care.
Along with cutting-edge, evidence-based treatment sessions, clients have access to a wide range of amenities, including a pool, fitness center, meditation area, and freshly prepared meals every day. Once clients leave Futures of Palm Beach, they will have access to our alumni programs, which include aftercare programs, ongoing support groups, and fun events throughout the year, which are all integral to lifelong recovery.
Valium abuse and addiction affect people’s personal, professional, and interpersonal lives, and can also impact both their mental and physical health. Futures of Palm Beach has the expertise, resources, and amenities clients need to start the recovery journey. Call today to speak with an Admissions Specialist.