What Are Valium and Alcohol?
The key to understanding the effects of mixing Valium and alcohol lies in understanding the two drugs themselves. Valium is a benzodiazepine drug commonly used in the treatment of seizures, muscle spasms, anxiety and insomnia. Valium works as a central nervous system depressant, slowing reaction times. Alcohol also works by depressing the central nervous system, and the two drugs in combination can dramatically increase the effects of each. If you believe yourself or a loved one to be addicted to Valium and alcohol, you can fill out our confidential and secure contact form for more information or call 800-861-9454 for information 24 hours a day.
"Valium is regularly prescribed for muscular problems including restless legs syndrome and Meniere’s disease."Valium is regularly prescribed for muscular problems including restless legs syndrome and Meniere's disease. Medical professionals may also prescribe the drug to assist with the withdrawal symptoms of alcohol detoxification, resulting in a high likelihood of combined drug interactions should the one suffering from alcohol abuse or addiction take the medication while under the effects of alcohol. Valium is classified as a Schedule IV drug in the United States. This indicates that the medication may produce limited physical or psychological dependencies in abusers and is not available without a prescription. No prescription is required for alcohol, as it is not a controlled substance in the United States. Alcohol is regulated by state governments and sold by licensed retail locations to consumers over the age of 21. Alcohol is readily available to non-minor purchasers.
The combination of Valium and alcohol creates a combined drug interaction formed by two sedatives. Both sedatives work on the central nervous system, and Valium may dramatically enhance the effects of alcohol in the blood stream. This increases the feelings of euphoria and inhibition commonly experienced by alcohol users, resulting in a euphoric high beyond that typically experienced through alcohol use alone. Call our confidential support line at 800-861-9454 for more information on the effects of combining these two drugs. You can also fill out a quick contact form for more information on understanding the effects found with this combination.
The adverse effects associated with both alcohol and Valium are far more pronounced when the two are used together. Abuse of these two medications results in a greater instance of dizziness, nausea, impaired coordination, impaired balance, insomnia and poor sleep. Other side effects include agitation, hallucinations, headaches, hypertension, vomiting, psychosis and even seizures or death. These effects occur more often as Valium increases the experience of other drugs, including alcohol, in the system. Contact a health professional or emergency medical team immediately if you suspect overdose or alcohol poisoning in yourself or a loved one, as these may produce exceptionally dangerous effects. Long-term damage to the liver may also occur.
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Alcohol counseling programs can be an effective way to deal with the issues underlying problem drinking. They can also be a way to learn strategies you can employ in the real world when trying to stay sober after treatment.
Treatment for addiction to Valium and alcohol involves intervention, detoxification and regular therapy to prevent relapse. Intervention typically involves friends and family members helping a loved one abusing or addicted to Valium and alcohol come to grips with their situation. Those suffering from addiction may not wish to talk about the situation and may become aggressive or angry with those attempting to help. The detoxification process should be monitored by a health care professional due to the high likelihood of dangerous side effects from withdrawal. Group or individual therapy can help deal with the underlying issues that may have lead to the initial abuse. The therapy may also help prevent relapse in many cases. For more information on the effects of mixing Valium and alcohol, symptoms of addiction and abuse or treatment options please call 800-861-9454.