Valium, also referred to as diazepam, is a benzodiazepine that is prescribed by medical professionals to treat anxiety disorder, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, or muscle spasms. In some cases Valium is combined with other medicines to be used in the treatment of seizures.
Valium works by replacing chemicals normally produced in the brain and slowing down any abnormally fast electrical activity. When used, this substance creates general feelings of relaxation, which is one of the reasons it is so addictive. While you may not recognize it at first after prolonged Valium use you begin to develop a tolerance.
Over a period of time, Valium begins to structurally and functionally change the nerve cells of the brain. At this point, once you stop taking the drug your brain is no longer capable of producing the necessary chemicals in the brain quickly enough, meaning you have become physically dependent. Individuals who have become physically dependent on Valium often take more of the drug in order to compensate for the lowered amount of chemicals in their brain, causing them to develop a Valium addiction.
Addiction to this class of drugs can be one of the hardest habits to break because substances like Valium induce a false sense of well-being and relaxation.
Most individuals who have an addiction disorder have a co-occurring disorder. These may include:
- Depressive disorders
- Anxiety disorders
- Stimulant abuse
- Poly-substance abuse
- Bipolar disorder
- Panic disorder
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
The likelihood that an individual may develop an addiction to Valium is high due the psychological and physical addiction properties of this medication. While the drug properties play a role in the development of addiction there is no single cause that makes one person develop an addiction while another can take Valium as prescribed without repercussions. Research has shown that it is likely the combination of a variety of different factors.