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Those dependent on Valium in the UK number over one million. A prescription drug classified as benzodiazepine, Valium is commonly used for the treatment of seizures, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, anxiety disorders and panic attacks. Also known by the generic name Diazepam it works by binding to chemical receptors in the brain to calm activity and reduce stress. The rise in abuse has been linked to the availability of the drug via prescription and via street dealers and increasingly, ‘dark web’.
It often takes less than an hour to start feeling the effects of Valium, whose sedative properties make it popular with recreational users, but if taken for longer than prescribed, a tolerance and psychological dependency can start to take hold.
The treatment of Valium addiction usually involves a full detox programme designed to break the cycle of abuse. The process is complicated by the risk of the patient experiencing severe withdrawal symptoms, and should be conducted in a safe environment under professional supervision.
Some users have also mentioned side effects such as numbness in the face and irregular heartbeats.
When my doctor began prescribing me Valium, I had no idea it was addictive. Over a period of several years he gave me repeat prescriptions, and now I’m in a position where I urgently need to detox.
How do you know is someone in your family, a friend or a work acquaintance has developed a problem while taking Valium? Look out material evidence such as a significant number of empty pill packs lying around, or numerous prescriptions. Is the person displaying a tendency to drift off in the middle of a sentence, or generally appearing drowsy? You may perhaps notice an unhealthy yellow pallor to the skin, and the person may appear unsteady on their feet, as if they’ve been drinking. Watch out for unexplained sudden disappearances from social or work situations, a general withdrawal from responsibilities and a downturn in personal performance.
Valium, or Benzodiazepine addiction often involves the abuse of other substances such as opioids or alcohol. A typical Delamere detox programme, customised to the individual helps manage the safe withdrawal from substances back to health and wellness. All our programmes are medically supervised, infinitely flexible and facilitated on site in our comfortable and homely environment.