Valium Withdrawal & Detox
If you’re in Denver, Colorado Springs, Boulder, or anywhere in Colorado, you or a loved one may be struggling with a physical dependence to Valium. When you’re dependent on Valium, which is a prescription benzodiazepine used for panic and anxiety disorders, it means that your body has become so used to the drug that if you were to stop using it suddenly, you would have withdrawal symptoms.
Whether you abuse Valium or you take it exactly as prescribed, you may go through withdrawal if you’ve used it for a period of time. In addition to dependence, Valium has a high potential to be habit-forming, so people often have to go through Valium detox to first remove the drug from their system, and then begin addiction treatment.
Valium, like other benzodiazepines, can have profound effects on the brain and nerve activity in users, and sometimes you can become dependent on it after only a few weeks.
Valium Withdrawal Timeline
Every individual is different, but for most people who are dependent on it, the following represents a general Valium withdrawal timeline that you might expect:
- The acute stage of Valium withdrawal usually occurs anywhere from one to four days after someone has last used the drug. The half-life of Valium can be relatively long as compared to many other benzos, meaning a delayed onset of withdrawal symptoms. Some of the factors that play a role in when the acute stage of withdrawal will begin include how long someone abused Valium, how much they took, whether they abused other drugs, and individual differences, such as metabolism. Acute symptoms are mostly physical, such as nausea, vomiting, headaches and stomach cramps. In some cases, tremors may also occur, and psychological symptoms.
- The acute stage of the Valium withdrawal timeline can last for anywhere from 5 to 28 days. If someone is going to experience severe symptoms such as seizures, this usually happens within the first 12 days.
- Once symptoms peak, usually anywhere from 7 to 9 days after the last dose, they begin to subside. After two weeks rebound symptoms may occur. This means that some of the initial withdrawal symptoms can occur as well as hypersensitivity to stimuli.
- For most people, after around three to four weeks they start to normalize, and the majority of symptoms go away.
For people who are dependent on Valium, especially if they’re heavy or long-term users, a tapering off schedule can be optimal to help manage withdrawal from Valium. This means that under medical supervision they are given smaller and smaller doses to wean them off the drug gradually. This doesn’t necessarily mean that withdrawal symptoms won’t occur at all, but it can help lessen their severity as compared to going cold turkey or suddenly stopping.
Valium Addiction Withdrawal Symptoms
Many potential valium addiction withdrawal symptoms are possible.
Valium detox symptoms include:
- Irritability and restlessness
- Heart palpitations
- Sleep disturbances and insomnia
- Nausea and vomiting
- Stomach cramps
- Muscle aches
- Sensitivity to light, taste, touch, and sound
- Tremors or shakes
- Concentration and memory problems
- Blurred vision
Along with the physical symptoms of Valium detox, psychological symptoms include:
For a lot of people struggling with Valium addiction, the psychological symptoms can be the biggest challenge to overcome.
The specific Valium detox schedule a person will follow will depend on many factors including how heavily they used the drug, and whether or not they were simultaneously abusing other substances.
Because of the dangers that come with Valium detox symptoms, a professional treatment facility is frequently the best option. There are detox centers such as The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake in Colorado that help people as they cope with withdrawal symptoms, and then once detox is complete, the patient can move onto a treatment program.
Not only is a professional center important when you detox from Valium because of the health risks such as seizures, but detox is a time when many people relapse. By getting professional help during this time, you can increase your chances of successfully completing detox.
There are also some medications that might be used during Valium detox. Along with a possible tapering schedule, patients may be prescribed antidepressants. This can help deal not just with withdrawal symptoms, but also underlying mental health issues that might have initially led to Valium abuse. Some medicines may be given to help patients sleep, and there are also anticonvulsant medicines that can help prevent seizures.
Valium Detox in Colorado
You may be wondering how long does valium detox take, and there’s not one answer that’s going to fit every situation.
Valium withdrawal usually starts a few hours within your last dose of the drug, and it will typically continue for around two weeks, although rebound symptoms can last longer. Valium detox time and severity of symptoms depend on your use of the drug, and individual characteristics.
Valium detox time is different from a lot of other drugs because of the rebound symptoms. Rather than having a spike in symptoms at the beginning of detox, the symptoms seem to subside and then spike in severity again but usually within four weeks most symptoms are gone.
If you’re in Denver, Boulder, Colorado Springs or anywhere else in Colorado there are Valium detox options available to you at The Recovery Village at Palmer Lake. We also have out-of-state facilities to help you deal with the symptoms of Valium withdrawal and also to treat your addiction to this drug.
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