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Valium Addiction and Abuse
What are the uses of Valium? Valium is used to relieve anxiety and is sometimes used to treat epilepsy. It can be used in the treatment of acute alcohol withdrawal. When used for this problem it helps provide relieve the symptoms of tremors and hallucinations. Valium is also used surgical or endoscopic procedures to calm anxiety. It can also be used to control muscle spasms in patient with chronic back pain.
Valium's effects are felt within 30 minutes of taking it and remain in the blood stream for a longer period of time. This slow release is more beneficial in that there is less chance of withdrawal symptoms. Valium is not a highly addictive drug itself, but a tolerance to it can develop quickly and a person will need more and more to relieve the symptoms of anxiety. Addiction to the drug is one of hardest to break.
Valium addiction has risen in the past few years due to the fact that it is prescribed for a variety of medical problems and it is very easy to obtain. The fact that it is not as addictive as other drugs such as Oxycontin or Xanax is one reason physicians prescribe it so often. It is also prescribed to help patients withdraw from other more addictive drugs such as Xanax.
It is a known fact that about 20 % of the population have abused prescription drug in some way. Although 80 % can take what is known as highly addictive drugs without incidence the need for drug treatment centers has grown in the past years.
People can obtain medication so much easier now than in the past. With so many drugs being used for different aliments, a person can ask for a highly addictive drug for a simple backache.
Theft has been on the rise and some addicts are resorting to this as a way to obtain their "fix" due to the fact that people do not secure their medication as they do their other belongings. The Internet has a host of pharmacies that will often sell medications without a prescription or do not ask for proper identification.
In Valium addiction treatment the drug is not stopped quickly, but a decrease in the dose of medication is prescribed and the dosage of drug is gradually lower until the patient is off it completely. A physician may also give a medical substitute instead of the Valium. The substitute will produce some of the same effects as Valium but are not as harmful.
Drug treatment centers are the best place for a person to overcome their addiction. In addition to helping a person become drug-free, these centers will also focus on the reasons you have become addicted in the first place. They help a person with physical and emotional aspects. Many people become addicted to drugs not because they want to feel high, but because they cannot deal with the problems they have in their lives. The best thing a person who is addicted can do is admit that they need help.