Valium Substance Abuse Overview

What is Valium?

Valium is in a group of drugs called Benzodiazepines. It affects chemicals in the brain that may become unbalanced and cause anxiety. Valium is used in the management of anxiety disorders. It may also be used as a sedative to treat agitation, shakiness, and hallucinations during alcohol withdrawal and to relieve certain types of muscle pain.

How Valium Addiction Works

Valium replaces chemicals normally produced in the brain to slow down abnormally fast electrical activity. Valium problems begin when you use it for an extended period of time. When you quit taking it, your brain is not capable of producing the chemicals fast enough to keep up with the demand; you are physically addicted. The general feeling of relaxation induced by using Valium is what has made it one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the sedative or tranquilizer category.


  • According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, 2.6 million people used a drug in this category for non-medical reasons every month during 2010.
  • The National Institute on Drug Abuse report for 2010 indicates that 5 percent of high school seniors had used some type of tranquilizer for recreational purposes during that year.
  • While the most used drug in America may be marijuana, doctors have written more than 60 million prescriptions for sedatives and tranquilizers, including Valium.
  • The Drug Abuse Warning Network reported that 229,230 emergency room visits in 2009 were related to alcohol in combination with sedatives such as Valium.
  • The Center for Disease Control and Prevention reports prescription painkillers, which would include Valium, are responsible for over 36,000 fatal overdoses annually. This number surpasses the number of deaths attributed to heroin and cocaine.

Signs and Symptoms

Realizing you have a Valium addiction is not going to happen overnight. You like the way you feel when you take the drug and hate how you feel when you do not. You lose your appetite, feel anxious, sweat, have stomach cramps and shake when you haven’t taken it for a while. You tell yourself this is normal for anyone that takes Valium; you can quit anytime you want. You might want to look over the following signs and symptoms of Valium abuse, and answer them honestly.


  • Does your teen use the drug every day and often more than once a day?
  • Does your teen always have some Valium on hand?
  • Does your teen have the need to take Valium to get your day started?
  • Will your teen do something illegal to get it?
  • Is your teen taking it even though you have no medical reason to do so?
  • Does your teen need to keep taking a larger dose to get the same results?


  • Change in appearance due to a lack of caring
  • Needle marks
  • Slow movements and speech
  • Shaking
  • Dilated pupils
  • Puffy, swollen face
  • Change in eating habits
  • Loss of coordination
  • Always tired


For all treatment needs and levels of care, Inspirations’ employs a team of qualified and caring teen addiction treatment professionals, offering a Treatment Program for Adolescents/Teens, who are demonstrating destructive, rebellious, and defiant behaviors resulting in personal and family dysfunction. Our goal in teen addiction treatment is to treat the disease, build the teen’s self confidence and reunite the family. Our teen prescription drug addiction treatment programs are designed around a positive environment to boost the teens self-esteem and produce long term results.

The teen addiction treatment combines a motivational program with the “accountability” concept, emphasizing, respect for family, respect for others, and a teamwork approach towards daily goals and accomplishments. During your teens enrollment to our Teen Prescription Addiction Treatment Center we will tailor a personal educational plan for your teenager. Inspirations for Youth and Families offer an “On-Site” Preparatory format school program in order for our teens to maintain High School Credits.