What is Valium?
Valium is the brand name medication of diazepam, a benzodiazepine. Benzos, like Valium, have moderate activity in the brain as sedatives or tranquilizers. However, doctors usually prescribe Valium for anxiety, alcohol withdrawal, and insomnia, but people also abuse Valium for its pleasant relaxation effects.
The Federal Controlled Substances Act (CSA) claims Valium has low potential for abuse. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) classifies Valium as a Class IV substance for the same. However, many people in the United States seek Valium specifically for recreational abuse.
What is Valium Prescribed For?
Doctors prescribe Valium to treat anxiety, sleeplessness or insomnia, and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Additionally, it’s also useful to sedate people before some medical procedures. The drug also causes slight amnesia. It means the people who take it remember nothing of their medical experience, such as surgery.
Other reasons why doctors usually prescribe Valium include:
- Benzodiazepine withdrawal
- Meniere’s disease
- Seizures and tremors
- Muscle spasms
- Panic attacks
- Irritable bowel syndrome
- Neurological diseases
How does Valium work?
- Valium typically works on the receptors for the neurotransmitter called GABA in the brain.
- GABA or gamma-aminobutyric acid neurotransmitters slow down or calms down the activity of nerves in the brain.
What is Valium Abused For?
People generally abuse Valium for its pleasant high. Also, the recreational use of the medication calms them, often self-medicating symptoms of their undiagnosed anxiety. People often abuse Valium for better sleep or the treatment of their insomnia, loss of inhibition, relaxation, and “social lubrication.”
Unfortunately, abusing Valium often leads to addiction. This addiction starts with taking a more massive dose of the medication than you need. It also starts when you take Valium more often than prescribed.
Dependence or tolerance begins just before addiction, making you need more of the drug to feel its effects. When taking more Valium, you effortlessly glide into the habit. After addiction initiates, you suffer adverse effects of withdrawal when trying to quit using Valium.