Valium is a drug prescribed for relieving anxiety and muscle spasms. It is also used for control of seizures, as well as agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal.1 It is generally considered powerful enough to produce an addiction in almost anyone. Such addictions can ruin lives. Thoughtful consideration to appropriate care is important.
Entering a quality rehab center is a key step in the process. Evidence-based addiction treatment is a highly effective way for people with any substance use disorder – as well as any mental health issues – to achieve long-lasting health.
So, you may be wondering how Valium addiction treatment works or the various steps and strategies involved. Here at Michael’s House, we have answers:
The Intervention: A Wake Up Call to the Person Under the Entrancing Power of Addiction
People with a substance use disorder are often in denial or unwilling to seek treatment. They may not recognize the negative effects their behavior has on themselves and others. An intervention meeting can motivate such people to agree to get the help they need.
An intervention is a carefully planned process to confront the person abusing drugs. It usually involves family, friends and others who care deeply about that person. It is customary (and best) to have an intervention professional (interventionist) coordinate and conduct such meetings.2
A Cleansing Detox: The Challenging, but Necessary, Pre-Treatment Phase
Unlike the short period of time it takes to form a substance use disorder, getting clean can take a lot longer. In many cases, it’s a lifetime battle. Detoxification is typically the first step in the process.
Getting help from licensed and experienced professionals is the best way to ensure that medical crises, like seizures, don’t occur during the essential detox phase.
Before formal Valium rehab treatment even begins, patients are evaluated. Many key questions are asked. Helpful answers are collected. Some of the typical questions asked of patients include:
- What supplements, herbs and prescription drugs do you take? Dosage? Frequency? Duration?
- How severe are your addiction/mental health symptoms? How long have you had them?
- Do you have a personal history of drug abuse or addiction? Is there a family history of addictions?
- Do you use drugs for recreational purposes? Do you smoke/inhale? Do you inject?
In addition, blood or urine tests may be conducted. They can detect many types of drugs present in the body. These tests can also help track patients’ progress through the treatment process.
Loaded with this information, a highly trained medical team can design a treatment plan that is appropriate for each specific individual’s circumstances and needs.
Some people may be able to “get clean” in a few days. Others may take longer. The type and extent of patients’ drug use is a key factor in the detox timeframe. Treatment is not a “one size fits all” situation. Each treatment program is personalized. Furthermore, plans are continually reevaluated and updated, depending on the progress of the individual.3
Since Valium use causes a spike in pleasure chemicals, people can get hooked on the euphoria they experience. Depression or sadness can set in when the body doesn’t get what it has come to expect and appreciate from its chemical friend. In the early stages of recovery, consulting medical staff members may provide patients with antidepressant medications, allowing them a respite as their mind recalibrates to a life without Valium.4
Learning a Whole New Way of Living
Treatment for Valium abuse can vary. However, counseling or psychotherapy is typically a key part of such treatment. This therapy can come in many different approaches or strategies.2
Over time in treatment, patients typically feel more in control of their lives and able to handle their urges. However, the original issues that brought about the addiction likely still exist. Whatever type of therapy patients choose, it is critical that they complete the full course of treatment. This will help ensure the maximal outcome. They learn about a whole new style of living – one that is free from any dependence on drugs.
Therapy for Valium addiction attempts to help patients pinpoint the “triggers” (drug use cues) that tend to cause an increase in the craving for drugs. Patients are provided with the tools for combatting these cravings. Hopefully what patients put into practice in their counseling sessions will help them to avoid a relapse back into drug use following formal treatment.
A trigger for drug use could be almost anything, including:
- Fights with loved ones or friends
- Disobedient children
- Annoying boss or work associates
- Nagging parents
- Anniversaries of deaths or losses
- Physical abuse or trauma
Family Support During Recovery
Family members and special friends can be a tremendous help during this critical stage of recovery. They can visit their loved ones in the treatment facilities, providing them with words of encouragement and support. People in treatment who still live at home (outpatient) might benefit from rides to therapy or opportunities to simply discuss their thoughts and feelings.
Some family members might even choose to enroll in “family therapy” with the person in treatment. In this strategy, all of the members work through the trauma that addiction has caused. They form a plan to help attain success with the present recovery and keep addictions from occurring in the future.5
Treatment Designed for the Individual
There is no specific timeline for Valium addiction treatment. Some people are able to work toward recovery on an outpatient basis over a couple months with a few follow-up sessions. Others may require a more intensive residential program followed by some outpatient care and an occasional individual or group counseling session in order to stay on track.
An individualized approach that takes into account the person’s living situation, personal preferences and history of addiction, as well as any co-occurring mental health issues, is the best way to treat a Valium (or any other substance) use disorder.2
At Michael’s House, we provide a Valium treatment program the right way. It’s evidence-based (founded on the latest scientific research). It’s integrated (all needed medical and mental health services are provided simultaneously). It’s comprehensive (seeks to treat the “whole person”). And it’s personalized (designed specifically to the needs of each unique patient).
We invite you to contact us anytime – day or night – to get more information or make treatment arrangements for you or a loved one. Call us on our 24/7 toll-free number to speak with a team member.
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3 “4 Physical Detoxification Services for Withdrawal from Specific Substances.” National Center for Biotechnology Information. Web. Accessed 28 July 2017.
4 “Drugs, Brains, and Behavior: The Science of Addiction.” National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIH). April 2007. Revised July 2014. Web. Accessed 28 July 2017.
5 “Substance Use Disorders and Anxiety: A Treatment Challenge for Social Workers.” Social Work in Public Health, Volume 28, Issue Number 0. 2013. Web. Accessed 28 July 2017.