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Diazepam Addiction Treatment

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No need to quit alone!

Quitting diazepam can be difficult… and scary.

But, it doesn’t have to be. Getting off diazepam is much easier with the right medical treatment and care. With professional help, you can achieve long term sobriety.

More here on the BEST PRACTICES in addiction treatment. Plus, a section on what to expect when you enter treatment. Then, we invite your questions about any aspect of addiction in the comments section at the end. In fact, we try to respond to all questions with a personal and prompt reply.

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Signs of addiction

But, how can you know when someone is addicted to diazepam? How do you know if you have a problem with diazepam, or not? After all, diazepam is a prescription drug…and sometimes doctors prescribe it over the recommended period of 6 weeks.

Be alert to the following changes, which can signal addiction:

Continued use despite problems caused by diazepam.
Difficulty functioning on a daily basis without the drug.
Having problems at work or school because of diazepam use.
Hoarding pills in order to take larger doses or to prepare for a “rainy day”.
Isolation from family and friends.
Neglecting former friends or favorite hobbies.
Obsession about getting and/or using diazepam.
Strong cravings for the drug.
Taking prescription drugs from family members or friends.
Visiting multiple doctors, forging prescriptions, or accidentally losing prescriptions in order to get more medication.

If you recognize these changes in yourself or a loved one, it’s time to ask some bigger questions.

  • What next?
  • How do I/we select appropriate treatment?
  • How do I/we prepare for that treatment?

Keep hope! Addiction is a treatable medical condition.

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Understanding Addiction

Not everyone who starts taking diazepam becomes addicted to it. So, why did addiction occur for you … or a loved one?

Diazepam addiction is actually a complex disease – a medical condition – that affects the brain. The drug replaces chemicals normally produced in the brain and slows down any abnormally fast electrical activity. When used, the medication creates general feelings of relaxation and sedation, which is one of the reasons it is so addictive. It also affects your judgement and control.

While the properties of the drug play a role in the development of addiction there is no single cause that makes a person get ‘hooked’. Instead, addiction is likely to be the combination of a variety of different factors, such as:

Brain Chemistry – Your individual biological makeup can make the drug highly “effective”.
Genetics – Addictive behavior runs in families and makes up 50% risk of addiction.
Environmental Factors – The influences of your cultural and social environment.
Psychological – You are self-medicating emotional pain, past traumatic experiences, or Co-Occurring Mental Disorders.

Medically, diazepam addiction is psychological and physical. The body and the mind become adapted to the drug and create a strong desire or need to use again and again. If you find yourself in the dark loop of addiction, there are several treatment options that work to help address diazepam use.

Call 1-877-393-4424 NOW to be connected with a compassionate treatment specialist.

Main Signs of Addiction

Diazepam is highly addictive because it works on both the mind (diazepam brings psychological relief to some users)  and the body (diazepam effects are highly sedative). When combined, true addicts feel euphoric and a deep sense of well-being can trigger the desire to use…again and again. When the habit of popping diazepam becomes daily, there are two main physical signs that can indicate deeper issues.

1. Tolerance. With continued use, you may not even notice that you begin to develop a TOLERANCE to diazepam. Tolerance is when the drug can no longer produce the wanted effects at the old doses, so you need to keep increasing how much and how often you take it.

2. Dependence. Over a period of time, brain adapts to the presence of diazepam and adjusts. At this point, diazepam can structurally and functionally change the nerve cells of the brain. So, once you stop taking the drug… your brain takes time to return to homeostasis and manifests withdrawal symptoms. Individuals who have become PHYSICALLY DEPENDENT on diazepam go through serious withdrawal when the drug is no longer available at expected dosing periods.

Getting the Best Treatment

If you or someone close to you suffers from diazepam addiction, what does “best treatment” look like?

While any treatment is better than nothing, tailor-made treatment programs are ideal for lasting recovery and growth. This is why a good addiction treatment program will first assess your past drug use and your current condition, and then recommend a program based on your unique situation. KEEP IN MIND: The professional support that you receive during a stay in treatment can make the difference in whether you achieve long-term recovery, or not.

Main Options for Addiction Treatment

When you deciding on a  treatment program that is best fitted to your personal needs and preferences, there are several main choices you can make:

CHOICE No.1 – Enter an inpatient (residential) or outpatient treatment program.

Inpatient rehabs are typically full-time, and comprehensive. You are expected to reside at the facility to avoid potential outside stressors that may hinder recovery. Inpatient care generally offers a more intensive treatment regime for those with long-term or more severe addictions.

Outpatient rehab treatment models include a variety of sessions, meetings, and workshops that you attend for several hours each day and then return home at night. These programs require high motivation and a strong support network focused on treatment and recovery.

CHOICE No.2 – Select a program that lasts 30, 60, or 90 days…or more if needed.

Although there is no exact timeline specified for the “best” term of addiction treatment, most experts agree that diazepam treatment programs should last at least 30 days, but only if you have a good support system at home. Otherwise 60 and 90 day programs are better suited for most people, especially for those with a more severe case of dependence and addiction. All programs, regardless of their length, should be followed by at least a year of continued care (aftercare).

CHOICE No.3 – Look for a variety of therapies and/or amenities that you want to include in your treatment.

The main therapies incorporated in your personalized addiction treatment plan can include:

…..Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT)
…..Dual Diagnosis Treatment
…..Educational Sessions
…..Family and/or Couples Therapy
…..Medication Maintenance Therapy
…..Motivational Interviewing

REMEMBER: What makes treatment work best for YOU may not be the same thing that works for SOMEONE ELSE. Concentrate on finding a program that can be customized to your unique needs for care. Finding the best treatment option for you is just a phone call away. Call 1-877-393-4424 TODAY to speak with our recovery support staff who can walk you through what happens in rehab and what you can expect.

What’s Stopping You From Rehab?

There are a few common barriers that we all face when considering rehab. These include:

1. Leaving family responsibilities.
2. Taking time off work.
3. Paying for rehab.

We know what it’s like because we’ve been there too. And we can offer you a sympathetic, understanding ear, as well as solutions to these problems. Call us at 1-877-393-4424 and we’ll work together to talk through your concerns. Here are some ideas to help you move through your fears.

1. Leaving family responsibilities.

If you’re a parent considering rehab, you may hesitate to leave your kids behind. But how can you continue functioning when you are being controlled by diazepam? How can you be present and be the best parent you can be…when addiction is in charge?

If you’re ready to become a better parent, consider trusting your kids to someone close to the family whom your children already know and are comfortable with. Many parents in rehab ask for help from their parents, siblings, spouse/partner, or close friends, as well as daytime child care centers. Some treatment centers also offer child care services or can connect you to local child care resources. Call us to learn how family can be integrated into the treatment process.

We’ll work together to find a solution that works for everyone.

2. Taking time off work.

Going to rehab and getting better is in the best interest of your employer. When you can function without needing diazepam…you can be a more responsible and productive employee. In fact, there are several federal laws protecting your right to obtain treatment:

  1. The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) protects employees from discrimination on the basis of disability. Mental health issues such as addiction are legally considered a “disability”.
  2. The Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA) protects your rights of up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave per year to seek medical treatment. This act further allows you to keep your health benefits when getting treatment!

Under these laws, it is illegal to terminate employment as a consequence of an employee seeking treatment. It is also illegal to discriminate against people in addiction recovery who are seeking employment.

Additionally, some employers have an Employee Assistance Program for substance abuse. They may even pay for some of your stay at rehab. As your HR Department Manager for more details about this possible benefit.

3. Paying for rehab.

While the cost of rehab may be a deterrent for some people, it is important to remember the numerous costs you accumulate due to feeding the addiction, which may include but are not limited to:

  1. Obtaining more diazepam.
  2. Loss of productivity at work and possibly job loss.
  3. Possible legal fines.
  4. Medical bills for physical or mental health issues associated with addiction.
  5. Deterioration of relationships (divorce and loss of custody over children).

The cost of rehab should not be a significant barrier to seeking help. This is why we encourage you to call us at 1-877-393-4424 . Let’s talk about your options for financing your personal addiction treatment plan. We work with many major insurance companies, offer payment plans, and can work with your family to help finance your treatment.

The First Step of Recovery From Diazepam

STEP #1: WANTING TO QUIT.

You are making the first step towards Diazepam addiction recovery when you have the desire to quit…for good…for yourself.

Changing any behavior requires determination. Changing an addiction…well, that can feel extremely difficult. Chemical changes in the brain work against you. Old patterns are established. And you know how rewarding it feels to continue using the drug. Plus, you may fear or dread debilitating withdrawal symptoms (don’t worry – we’ll explain how medical detox works below).

But ask yourself this question: What are YOUR OWN reasons for quitting Diazepam?

…..Maybe you want to be reunited with your kids or your spouse.
…..Perhaps you want to turn your health around.
…..It could be that your finances are bottomed out.
…..Possibly some legal pressure has you burned.

…we’ve seen it all. Take heart!

If you are self-motivated, you’ve already made one of the most important prerequisites for behavior change. If you’ve made this decision…things will start to line up for you. If you want to quit diazepam for good…you can!

STEP #2: SEEKING HELP.

Calling an addiction helpline allows you to be anonymous. You might be nervous or uncomfortable to talk to your prescribing doctor because fear judgement or getting cut off of your medication cold turkey.

CALL 1-877-393-4424 for a toll-free, completely confidential, and judgement-free conversation. We know that it can be hard to pick up the phone. So, our staff have been trained to understand addiction as a medical condition. You can ask a few questions, talk to someone who is experienced in the area, and get the help that you need without revealing your name or any personal information.

Hotline staffers who answer the phone know how to listen. They understand what you are going through. During the phone call, they will offer strategies and information about treatment services that can best help you. You can talk openly with them about:

  1. Diazepam addiction signs and potential side effects.
  2. How long you’ve been taking diazepam.
  3. How much and how often you use the drug.
  4. Whether or not you’re drinking or using other prescription or illicit drugs.
  5. Other mental health issues you’re battling like depression or anxiety.

STEP #3: ENTERING REHAB AND RECOVERY.

Once you’ve made the decision to get better and call us at 1-877-393-4424, we’ll walk you through the stages of treatment. Here is what you can expect during the treatment process:

1. Evaluation of the addiction. Before any treatment program gets underway, it’s important that you are medically assessed. Once you arrive at a rehab clinic, be prepared to take the first few hours to complete an interview, intake evaluation, and drug testing. This initial eval will be the basis of your treatment plan.

2. Detox. Medical detox is a safe medically supervised procedure designed to asses symptoms associated with diazepam dependence…and then to address them. Detox is best when it is clinically supervised, as staff can reassure you and make you feel comfortable as the drug is eliminated from your body. In addition to emotional support, medical supervision may include drug prescription to address and minimize withdrawal symptoms and diazepam cravings as they occur.

3. Main treatments. Rehab really consists of a combination of counseling and medication assisted treatment. In fact, scientific evidence has shown that this is how addiction is best treated: a combination of talk therapy and medications. Therapy sessions can be individual, group, or family based. They are designed to help restore balance into your life, so you can look into the deeper psycho-emotional reasons for drug use.

In sum, rehabs are there to help you get better.

If you’ve made the first step and decided that you want help, CALL US at 1-877-393-4424. You’ll speak with staff who really understand addiction. We’re here to help you live a fuller, more satisfying life.

How to Help Someone With a Diazepam Problem

Diazepam abuse threatens the health and stability of relationships and families.

If your loved one has tried to stop diazepam several times before without success, you are not alone! Help is available for you, too. Here you’ll find some basic info on how to be there for an addicted loved one. Wit professional help, you can help guide them to rehab and recovery.

Here are some ways you can get the much needed help your family deserves:

1. Call a drug abuse helpline. CALL US NOW on 1-877-393-4424 to assess and evaluate a loved one’s problem, and to learn how you can guide them to seeking treatment. Also, when seeking professional help, keep the following questions in mind:

  • What other drugs or alcohol do you think they’re using?
  • How long do you suspect they have been using diazepam?
  • How long they’ve been showing signs of addiction?
  • How much can they afford to pay for treatment?
  • Is insurance an option?
  • Could you (and/or other close family members) help them out financially?
  • Does the addicted individual suffer from any mental, behavioral, or co-occurring disorders?

2. The Stages of Change. A person who wants to quit will start actively seeking help and BE READY for change… internally. On the other hand, a person who is forced into treatment may attend rehab…kicking and screaming all the way. Instead of coercing change, discuss willingness to talk with a professional counselor, a therapist, or a peer…together. Start small and plant seeds of change gradually. This is a much more appropriate and useful place to extend your energy.

In the meantime, you can emphasize personal choice and control. Some examples of what you can say include:

…..“It really is up to you to decide to make this change.”
…..“No one else can do it for you.”
…..“No one else can make you go to rehab.”

3.The CRAFT Model of family training. Community Reinforcement and Family Training is a 3-4 month commitment. During training, you’ll learn how to stay safe around an addict. You’ll learn what to say and when to say it. Additionally, you’ll learn how to set limits: Engage and reward positive behavior….but avoid and disengage with drug use. CRAFT shows remarkable efficacy in getting people into treatment…compassionately and in a way that includes the entire family.

REMEMBER: It is not appropriate or recommended that you attempt to scold, judge or attack someone facing a diazepam problem. Seek professional help from a Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Addiction Psychotherapist, or treatment center.

Long-Term Aftercare and Relapse Prevention

Recovery treatment does not end at discharge.

Near the end of a stay in rehab, staff work to develop an aftercare plan. Having a solid aftercare program can continue the progress made during the initial treatment period. This may include some combination of:

  • support groups
  • ongoing therapy
  • sober living arrangements (if needed)

If for example, you were taking diazepam as prescribed for an anxiety condition, you may especially benefit from ongoing stress management techniques and other behavioral therapeutic interventions offered through aftercare. Other clients may want to participate in alumni programs in order to remain connected. KNOW THIS: Looking for ongoing support in addiction recovery is one way to ensure long term sobriety!

Does Treatment Work?

Absolutely.

The No.1 thing you need for treatment to work is your own willingness and motivation. You may have made many attempts to quit in the past. You may have made numerous efforts to break loose from the grips of diazepam addiction…just know that you CAN quit and stay quit.

However, the success rate of a treatment program does not depend on achieving complete sobriety, but on improving your quality of life as a whole. When you start living diazepam-free, you will also experience many of the benefits of recovery, such as:

…..Improvements in work or school.
…..Relationship improvements.
…..Improved health.
…..Reduced legal problems.

…and many more.

Call us at 1-877-393-4424 and we’ll help you beat diazepam addiction. You deserve an addiction-free life. Isn’t it time that you gave yourself the chance?

Reference Sources: NCBI: Management of benzodiazepine misuse and dependence
VA: Helping Patients Taper from Benzodiazepines
NCBI: The treatment of benzodiazepine dependence
NIH: Principles of Drug Addiction Treatment: A Research-Based Guide (Third Edition)

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