Teens And Benzos: The Valium High
Valium is a commonly prescribed prescription medication
that’s used to treat anxiety and panic attacks. Since Valium, and other benzodiazepine
medications are so widely prescribed this makes them much easier for teens to obtain.
The Valium high can be quite addictive, especially since the drug actually alters the brain chemistry of the user. Below we highlight what valium is, how teens will commonly abuse the drug, the effects and symptoms of addiction, and the treatment options you’ll have available.
What Is Valium?
Valium is a drug in the benzodiazepine classification of drugs. These drugs are prescribed to treat panic attacks, general anxiety
, and nervousness. Valium has been prescribed for decades for its ability to be used as a sedative and muscle relaxant. Valium can also be known by its generic name, diazepam
Valium effects the GABA neurotransmitter
in the brain, which helps to reduce electrical activity throughout. When your brain activity has slowed down this will result in decreased levels of anxiety and stress.
How Do Teens Abuse Valium?
The transition period from childhood to adulthood can be a very difficult time to navigate. Teens face a variety of pressures, one of the most common being peer pressure
. Sometimes a teen might believe that turning to a prescription medication will help them ease some of the stress and anxiety they’re currently feeling.
Valium might seem like a safer alternative to using other street drugs. Since Valium slows the electrical activity within the brain, it can reduce feelings of anxiety or nervousness while the Valium high can induce feelings of euphoria and happiness. However, the true dangers of this drug come into play, when the teen can no longer function or feel well when not using the drug.
What started as a way to relieve stress and anxiety has now become a full blown addiction
. After using the drug for a while, especially if usage hasn’t been actively monitored by a doctor, your brain becomes accustomed to the effects of the drug. This will cause the symptoms of anxiety and nervousness to worsen when not on the drug.
The dangers of addiction only amplify when Valium is consumed with other drugs like alcohol
. When you’re consuming these substances together you could slow your respiratory system to a dangerous level. This can lead to unconsciousness and excessive brain damage
How Do Teens Commonly Obtain Valium?
Sometimes, a teen will have Valium due to a doctor’s prescription. Or they can steal the pills from a family medicine cabinet. If other family members have been prescribed Valium, it’s not uncommon for a teen to comb through their medicine cabinet for drugs as well.
In some cases, Valium can even be obtained from overseas “pharmacies”
who will ship versions of the drug anywhere in the world. If you notice your teen has been asking for money for “books or courses”, yet you never see the items they requested, this could be a sign of Valium abuse.
Valium can also be found in high school seeing from other teens who either have a prescription, or have obtained the drug from their parents, or another source.
Effects of Valium and Symptoms of Addiction
Valium abuse and addiction can occur even when the drug has been prescribed by a doctor. Abuse occurs when a user takes excessive doses of Valium, ingests the drug more frequently than prescribed, or uses the drugs in other ways that weren’t prescribed.
A dependency on Valium can develop very rapidly when the drug is abused and taken outside of the prescribed recommendations.
The most common short-term negative effects of Valium
- Slurred speech
- Low or no appetite
- Slowed or delayed reflexes
- Decreased heart rate and respiration
- Memory effects
The long-term negative effects of Valium abuse are shown below:
- Slowed or weakened heart rate
- Heart attack
- Hallucinations and confusion
- Difficulty breathing
- Memory loss
can lead to a number of health consequences and negative effects throughout your life. If your teen is suffering from Valium or benzo addiction
it’s important to get them to help they need as soon as possible.
Valium Addiction Treatment Options
The treatment options
your teen will have available will depend upon the severity of their addiction and any other factors that might be present. For instance, if there are any co-occuring disorders
that are the cause of the addiction, like, Schizophrenia, Bi-polar disorder
, or depression
, then these will need to be treated at the same time.
If there’s another addiction present to either another benzo or painkiller
, or a substance like alcohol, then these will also need to be addressed for treatment
to be successful. Our staff is trained in a variety of treatment methods that can be altered to perfectly suit the needs of your teen.
If your teen has been suffering from benzo or Valium addiction, then get them the help they need and speak with one of our professionals at Next Generation Village today.