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Valium Withdrawal

Valium Withdrawal and Detoxification

Once the dependence has been developed on Valium, getting rid of it can be a challenging task. Giving up the addiction is not as simple as stop taking the drug; in fact, there is much more to it. The addicts experience a number of withdrawal symptoms upon quitting that can be highly uncomfortable. These symptoms are the reason why most of the addicts end up relapsing. They prefer to take the drug than to go through painful symptoms. This is why it is important to opt for a supervised recovery program in a specialized rehabilitation center. Addiction Rehab Centers offer advancement treatment programs in a highly professional environment for Valium addicts. If a loved one is suffering from Valium addiction, get them the treatment they need without any further delay.

Valium withdrawal symptoms:

Even people who have taken Valium over a period of a few months may experience withdrawal symptoms upon quitting. With the prolonged use of the drug, it becomes accumulated in the body and as a result, its detox process is also prolonged. The drug rewires the brain in such a way that it fails to function normally without it and as a result, a number of highly uncomfortable symptoms appear. Some of the common symptoms experienced by the users after quitting Valium are:

  • Nausea/vomiting
  • Restlessness
  • Insomnia
  • Rebound anxiety
  • Headache
  • Excessive sweating
  • Seizures
  • Mental confusion
  • Involuntary tremors
  • Nightmares
  • Numbness
  • Hallucinations
  • Abdominal cramps
  • Muscle aches

The severity of these symptoms may vary from user to user depending upon how long the drug was abused and how frequently and how much was it taken. Heavy users with a long history of abuse tend to experience more severe withdrawal compared to the ones who took it for therapeutic purposes. Valium withdrawal can prove to be dangerous so it is important to seek guidance by a doctor or opt for a rehab program before quitting the drug.

Duration of Valium withdrawal:

Valium can be quit in two ways:

  • Gradually tapering off the drug over a period of weeks
  • Going cold turkey or quitting the drug all at once

Although going cold turkey is a quicker method but it is highly recommended to gradually decrease the amount of the drug over a period of few months. Quitting it all at once can be highly dangerous since body is not able to function without the drug. Going cold turkey can even lead to coma or death.

Valium withdrawal usually lasts longer than other benzodiazepines since it is a long acting drug that stays in the system for much longer. As a result, its withdrawal symptoms also take some time to appear. In some cases, symptoms may not appear for up to a week. It is because the drug is still present in the body allowing the user function normally.

Valium withdrawal timeline:

The duration of withdrawal may vary depending upon the duration of abuse. However, a general timeline can be developed to help addicts have an idea.

  • First 2 days:Some symptoms of withdrawal may begin to appear within first two days of quitting the drug. Symptoms like anxiety and restlessness kick in and start to aggravate as the time passes.
  • 2ndweek: By this time, all the symptoms of withdrawal appear and reach to their peak values. The patient experiences nausea, vomiting, excessive sweating and muscle ache.
  • 3rdand 4th week: Withdrawal symptoms may persist for up to a month after quitting the drug. However, by the 3rd and 4th week, the symptoms start to become less severe and more manageable.
  • Week 5 and on:Most of the symptoms disappear by this time but long term and heavy user may experience post acute withdrawal syndrome or PAWS. These symptoms may appear suddenly after months or years of quitting the drug.

Appearance of rebound symptoms:

The rebound effect refers to a condition where the symptoms that were absent or reduced by taking a medication appear or reappear after the medication is discontinued or reduced in dosage.  Appearance of rebound symptoms is common in case of Valium withdrawal. The symptoms like anxiety, insomnia etc that were treated by using the drug may appear with greater intensity for a small period of time.

Rebound anxiety and insomnia usually starts to appear within a week of quitting the drug. The chances of rebound effect are increased when the drug is quit all at once or there is a sudden decrease in the dose. Tapering off the drug may help reduce the chances of rebound symptoms. A supervised and medically aided process may also help to reduce the chances of rebound symptoms.

Detoxification for Valium addiction:

Detoxification is a natural process carried out by the body to cleanse itself of chemicals accumulated due to drug abuse. It is possible to go through detox at home but it is not recommended due to physical and psychological symptoms associated with the process. A professionally supervised and medically aided detoxification process may increase the chances of recovery a great deal. During detox, there is a great chance of relapse due to painful symptoms appearing. A supervised detox program can help to make the process bearable.

Sometimes, a withdrawal symptom may worsen to such a level that it proves to be fatal. This is the reason a supervised detox program is highly recommended. The doctor may help to gradually taper off the drug and may also prescribe a less potent benzodiazepine to ease the process.