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Diazepam Addiction

What Is Diazepam?

Commonly known under the brand name Valium diazepam is used to relieve anxiety and to control agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal. It is also used along with other medications to control muscle spasms and spasticity caused by certain neurological disorders such as cerebral palsy, paraplegia, athetosis, and stiff-man syndrome. Diazepam is also used alongside other medications to control seizures. Diazepam is in a class of medications called benzodiazepines. It works by calming abnormal overactivity in the brain.

Diazepam Addiction

Signs, Symptoms and Effects of Diazepam Addiction

  • Nausea

  • Constipation

  • Headache

  • Hypotension (low blood pressure)

  • Dizziness

  • Confusion

  • Slurred speech

  • Blurred vision

  • Tremors

  • Difficulty urinating

  • Incontinence

  • Depressed or irritable mood

  • Severe anxiety

  • Panic

  • Restlessness

  • Inability to sleep

  • Confusion

  • Muscle cramps

  • Headache

  • Sweating

  • Extreme sensitivity to light

  • Hallucinations

  • Seizures

  • Lethargy

  • Confusion

  • Slowed breathing

  • Reduced heart rate

  • Ataxia (impaired muscle coordination)

  • Impaired reflexes

  • Coma

  • Death

Signs and symptoms of withdrawal

Drug withdrawal symptoms can occur in anyone who has used diazepam for more than a couple of weeks and has stopped usage. There are several signs to look out for.


Some of the main symptoms to be aware of :

  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Confusion
  • Tense muscles
  • Headaches
  • Sweating
  • Tremors
  • Muscle cramps
  • Anxiety
  • Insomnia
  • Panic

It is important to establish the extent of their problem and seek medical assistance with detoxification and potentially drug rehabilitation if necessary.

Overcoming Diazepam Addiction

Diazepam can be a dangerous drug to try to get clean from without the assistance of a medical team. This is especially important if the user has been taking the drug for over a month. A drug rehabilitation centre like The Recovery Lodge can offer medication and therapy, which take some of the stress and pain out of the process. With the correct treatment and support, overcoming an addiction to benzodiazepines can be done. It is a process that takes more than a few weeks and requires hard work from everyone involved. Usually, detoxification followed by a combination of therapy and medically assisted treatment are the best first steps to recovery.

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