Valium has been the largest selling pharmaceutical drug in the USA since 1969, peaking in 1978 when 2.3 billion pills were sold. Valium is close to it’s 40th anniversary. After four decades of both prescribed use and Valium abuse, the drug has had ongoing controversy. With so many sold, and so many people, affected by it’s addiction potential and side effects of long durational use. We really don’t know the full extent of the devastating impact Valium addiction has had on America.
Today Valium is viewed as an out-dated benzodiazepine at least here in the United States. You can still easily order valium for abuse on the internet and it is still a booming industry there. With the exception of some specialized neurological disorders that Valium as found to alleviate. Most of the new prescriptions are for the latest generation benzodiazepines, such as; Ativan, Ambien, Xanax.
The possibility of becoming addicted to Valium is VERY HIGH! Recent statistics reflect the fact that over 50 percent of people who take Valium for six months or longer become addicted.
Valium dependance is just a matter of time, Valium addiction is a 30% chance or more. The longer you take Valium the more your tolerance builds to the drug. The more your tolerance builds, the more you are changing your mind’s chemical balance. When tolerance gets close to the body’s toxicity the person becomes dependent and goes into withdrawal when the drug is stopped. It can take several months for the body’s balance to return to normal. Making for a very difficult early recovery.
Diazepam (Valium) chemically alters the pathology of the brain chemistry by reducing the amount of benzodiazepine receptors in the brain or making them less effective. If the individual stops taking the Valium abruptly, compensatory actions take place in the brain chemistry to try to normalize neurochemistry. This has a lasting impact on how the brain perceives anxiety and panic. Many individuals have experienced severe withdrawal symptoms, including psychoses, seizures and intense rebound anxiety, after users stopped taking of Diazepam (Valium).