Valium belongs to the benzodiazepine family, a type of drug that suppresses the nervous system. When used in the correct dosage, it can be life-saving and extremely beneficial. However, when abused, it can be deadly. It causes physical and mental impairment, loss of muscle control, confusion, and is highly addictive. Many become addicted quick and prolong their use out of fear of withdrawing. Instead of letting fear hold you back, gather as much information as you can and prepare yourself for the process.
What to Expect
Detoxing and going through the period of withdrawal from any substance is never a pleasant experience, but rarely is it life-threatening. Heroin, for example, is considered one of the most physically uncomfortable drugs to withdraw from, but rarely if ever is it considered dangerous. On the other hand, alcohol or benzodiazepine withdrawal present serious medical challenges. The symptoms for these kinds of withdrawals present symptoms that could result in bodily harm, and can even be deadly.
This is something that many addicts are unaware of, as they embark on withdrawing with only good intentions of getting clean. If you are going to attempt detoxing from Valium, the first thing you need to do is consult a medical professional, and preferably enroll in some kind of in-house detox facility. It is important to be in good care in order to avoid further challenges and ensure a safe and manageable detox with little complications.
The first thing to expect from Valium detox is that the symptoms can come on anywhere from a few hours to a few days after your most recent time using. Every case is individual, and it all depends on the amount and frequency you used. Some experience withdrawal symptoms in as little as 3-4 hours, while others don’t feel symptoms for a few days.
The duration of symptoms also varies from person to person. Some people feel the worst of the symptoms for only a few days, while others may fight through them for a few weeks. Unfortunately, it is common for symptoms to persist even up to a month, but you should be monitored closely to ensure no other medical complications are the root of your withdrawal symptoms. As mentioned before, detox process looks different for everyone. However, below is an approximate outline of the common detox timeline:
- First 24-48 hours: First signs of Valium withdrawal begin-restlessness and anxiety increase
- Week 2: Peak withdrawal symptom time- high levels of insomnia, sweating, nausea, muscle pain, anxiety
- Weeks 3-4: Intensity of withdrawal should begin to taper off, making symptoms from week 2 less severe and manageable, and possibly gone
- Weeks 5+: Some people will experience Post Acute Withdrawal Symptoms (PAWS) causing symptoms to occur out of the blue for months or years.
Working closely with a medical professional could help alleviate the intensity of many Valium withdrawal symptoms, but the possible ones include the following:
- Loss of appetite
- Severe muscle cramps
- Body temperature changes
- Blurred vision
Seizures are the most common potentially life-threatening side effect of Valium detox. Not only does is cause internal damage to the body, but it can cause someone to fall and hit their head or injure another body part. This is why it’s best to be in the hands of professionals to keep a close eye on you during the entire process. There is anti-seizure medication that will most likely be administered if you choose an in-patient treatment, which will lower your risk of dangerous symptoms.
In order to avoid high-intensity symptoms, professionals use a specific tapering method to wean you off the drug and not completely shock the system. When an individual’s use is rather low, it can be safe to just stop cold turkey. In most cases, however, a specific plan is put in place to work best with each patient’s situation and avoid life-threatening side effects.
A Smoother Detox
These symptoms and warnings should not scare you away from detoxing, the quicker you rid your system of the drug, the easier the process will be. Now there are many options both in and outpatient to make your detox from Valium as safe and quick as possible, but most professionals agree an inpatient treatment is the smartest option. It is crucial you have 24-hour care so you can be helped in the case of an emergency. While hospitalized, clinicians can intervene when necessary and alter your treatment plan to best suit your recovery.
The process of detox is very complicated. It’s about more than just stopping the drug. It begins with discontinuation of drug use, moves on to ridding the entire gastrointestinal tract of any traces (can take up to months!) and finally repairing the damage, and preventing further harm. The most important thing you can do for yourself is to go into the process patient and determined. Know that it will be challenging and difficult, but your hard work will pay off in the end.
Recovery Is Possible
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