Over the years, we’ve seen a number of mind-altering substances catapulted into public awareness. Of course, we’re all familiar with the opioid epidemic that originated with painkillers in the 1990s before evolving into a nationwide heroin problem. Beyond opioids, we’ve seen certain a number of unexpected substances reach high levels of popularity among recreational drug users, including bath salts, a terrifying substance that has triggered violent outbursts from users in communities large and small. And then there’s alcohol, a legal drug that remains the most widely abused of all addictive substances. But among the many mind-altering substances that remain problematic today, it’s arguably prescription drugs like Valium that are the most perplexing.
Fortunately, individuals who are suffering from addiction to Valium have the benefit of a wide variety of helpful resources available to them that will allow them to regain their sobriety, health, and independence. Between intensive rehabilitation programs and even Valium detox treatment, Just Believe Recovery offers a variety of resources that are designed to help individuals achieve optimal results in recovery.
Though Valium is a prescription drug in much the same way as OxyContin is a prescription drug, it’s important to realize that while OxyContin is an opioid painkiller, Valium is a very different type of prescription drug known as a benzodiazepine. As such, there are some key fundamental differences between Valium as a benzodiazepine and the class of prescription drugs known as opioids, from how the drug affects the brain to the actual effects that result from abusing the drug recreationally.
With opioid painkillers, the drug reaches the brain via the bloodstream and binds with the brain’s opioid receptors, which is how painkillers are able to dampen sensations of physical pain. By comparison, benzodiazepines like Valium are designed to alleviate feelings of anxiety, stress, anger, and fear, evoking a sense of calm and relaxation by elevating the amount of gamma-aminobutyric acid in the brain. Gamma-aminobutyric acid — or GABA for short — is like a naturally-occurring anxiolytic drug, released during times of anxiety and stress to help an individual return to a state of calm. As such, benzodiazepines like Valium are designed to trigger a surge of GABA in the brain, allowing these medications to help a person achieve calm during times of stress.
Due to the high rates of abuse and addiction we’ve seen in recent years, there’s a tendency to assume that opioids are the most intense form of addiction that’s the most difficult to treat; however, this is not actually the case. In reality, it’s substances like alcohol and benzodiazepines that are considered the most difficult to treat, and this is largely because of how addiction to Valium and other benzodiazepines develop with the prolonged abuse of this type of drug.
As mentioned above, Valium is the type of drug that’s designed to induce feelings of calm when an individual is experiencing immense stress. For individuals who suffer from anxiety-related disorders, this is a beneficial attribute, especially when they naturally produce insufficient levels of GABA as the Valium essentially accommodates insufficient GABA. However, when a person abuses Valium frequently over a period of time, the elevated GABA levels triggered by Valium intake cause the brain to either reduce its own GABA production or cease producing GABA altogether as it accommodates the frequent Valium use. In other words, the individual is virtually unable to product GABA during times of stress or anxiety when he or she isn’t able to consume Valium.
It’s for this very scenario that Valium and other benzodiazepines are considered one of the more dangerous forms of addiction. While all addictive drugs are associated with withdrawal symptoms to one degree or another, benzodiazepines like Valium are one of the few substances for which the withdrawals are known to be potentially deadly. In fact, alcohol is one of the only other substances besides benzodiazepines for which individuals are discouraged from attempting to get sober on their own.
With most forms of addiction treatment — inpatient, outpatient, or some form of treatment in-between — the goal is to help the patient to achieve stable, lasting sobriety. As such, many of the treatments offered as part of these programs are designed to address the psychological and behavioral aspects of addiction. Though addiction is technically a brain disease, much of the disease’s longevity is rooted in behaviors that are reinforced over time as the individual continues to abuse the substance to which he or she is addicted, so addiction treatment programs are designed to essentially overcome these reinforced behaviors so the patient can sustain his or her newfound sobriety long after completing the treatment program.
With the actual treatment program addressing predominantly psychological and behavioral aspects of addiction, it’s necessary to find a form of care that addresses the physical and physiological aspects of the addiction, which is where detox treatment comes into the equation.
Valium detoxification is a form of treatment that takes place prior to enrolling in an inpatient or outpatient rehabilitation program. As the inpatient and outpatient programs address the psychological elements of addiction, Valium detox treatment helps a patient to overcome his or her physical addiction to Valium. Without detox treatment, the patient would likely be experiencing withdrawal symptoms as he or she attempted to complete the treatment; in fact, the worse case scenario would be for the withdrawal symptoms to be so severe as to result in seizures or even death. However, a detox program allows a patient to cleanse his or her body and severe his or her physical addiction to Valium under the safety and observation of a supervised medical program.
The journey of recovery — from the point of choosing your programs to completing treatment and returning home — is a very personal, individualized journey. As such, the forms of care that work for one person may not yield optimal results for others. However, a Valium detox program is one of the few recovery resources from which anyone would benefit, including individuals who may not necessary require detox treatment to succeed. Whether or not a person chooses to complete an initial Valium detox, it’s likely encouraged for anyone who has spent an extended period of time in active Valium addiction.
To learn more about our Valium detox or the other resources we offer, call Just Believe Recovery today at 888-380-0667.