How to Help Someone With Valium Addiction
How to Help Someone Addicted to Valium
If you are addicted to Valium—a sedative-hypnotic drug—you don’t have to fight your addiction alone. Treatment programs give people with addictions all the support they need to recover.
Regardless of how long you’ve been using prescription drugs for, it’s possible for you to quit taking them and regain control of your life. It’s not hard to find help for a Valium addiction, dependency, or withdrawal. Simply call our helpline free at for more information on addiction and treatment.
Approaching a Loved One About Addiction Treatment
If you are close to a person who is addicted to Valium, you may be in a position to help your loved one seek treatment and get sober. If your loved one is older in age, an addiction to a benzodiazepine like Valium may pose an even greater risk, given that the drug can negatively impact mobility and increase the likelihood of falls (Longo and Johnson, 2000). Learn more about the effects of Valium use.
When approaching someone who is facing Valium addiction, remain supportive and compassionate. As difficult as it may be, try to practice empathy—or placing yourself in the shoes of your loved one to understand what they may be facing.
If your loved one has asked you for guidance or support in seeking treatment, you can encourage them to see a physician or behavioral health professional for an evaluation. If your loved one is ambivalent or refuses to get help, you may consider trying the Community Reinforcement and Family Training (CRAFT) approach.
CRAFT is based on positive reinforcement, as opposed to more traditional intervention approaches. CRAFT is a skills-based program designed specifically for family and friends to learn positive ways to communicate with loved ones. Participating in CRAFT can help you learn how to:
- Understand your loved one’s motivation to use drugs.
- Offer positive reinforcement.
- Talk to a loved one about accepting help.
Overall, CRAFT has shown success not only in talking to loved ones before treatment, but also during and after treatment. No one wants to see their loved one suffer, and CRAFT may help families and individuals find long-term healing.
Valium Addiction Treatment
Valium addiction treatment can be completed on either an inpatient or an outpatient basis. Both types of programs have benefits, and both help people recover from addictions. It’s important that you review your options and choose the type of program that’s right for you.
Valium is a powerful benzodiazepine and, depending on your level of addiction, you might want to consider a medically assisted Valium detox program in order to treat serious side effects of withdrawal. Post-detox treatment can take place in an outpatient or inpatient facility.
Outpatient programs offer more flexibility. You have time to work a full-time job and spend time with your family. There are two types of outpatient treatment programs:
- Daily check-in programs are the most flexible. They only require you to have a short appointment with your personal drug abuse counselor/therapist every day, or sometimes less frequently (e.g. once per week), depending on the program.
- Day treatment programs offer you more structure. The programs generally provide 10-20 hours of structured programming per week for adults and 5-20 hours for adolescents, consisting of counseling and education on addiction and mental health problems.
Inpatient treatment programs provide the most structure. They also give you a temptation-free place to recover. A typical day at an inpatient facility may include:
- Individual therapy sessions.
- Group therapy sessions.
- Consultation with a medical professional.
- Educational lectures on drug addiction and recovery.
- Spiritual support (depending on the program’s theoretic orientation).
- Recreational activities.
Each component of treatment is designed to teach you the skills to live a life that is free from substance abuse. The goal of treatment is to learn healthy ways to cope with triggers that could potentially initiate relapse.
How Addictive Is Valium?
Valium can be highly addictive. Users grow dependent on the pleasurable sensations that Valium use elicits, and dependence can quickly lead to tolerance.
Valium is prescribed by doctors to treat anxiety disorders, seizures and muscle spasms and to control agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Valium is addictive if you:
- Take it in large doses.
- Use it consistently for an extended period of time.
Even people who take Valium exactly as prescribed can develop an addiction if the medication is taken for a long period of time. To learn more about the dangerous effects attributed to Valium abuse, call our helpline free at .
How to Find Valium Addiction Treatment
You don’t have to fight an addiction to Valium alone. Treatment can start anyone battling substance misuse on the path to a happier and healthier life. American Addiction Centers (AAC) runs trusted rehab facilities across the country. Our hotlines are staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call us for free at for more information on Valium addiction and treatment options. There are also free drug abuse hotline numbers you can contact.