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Valium (diazepam) is a benzodiazepine medication commonly prescribed for anxiety, panic attacks, seizures, muscle spasms, and acute alcohol withdrawal. It is a Schedule IV drug, which means it has moderate potential for misuse. People commonly misuse it for for its relaxing and euphoric effects, which can lead to dependence and addiction. Thankfully, inpatient Valium rehab centers can help people struggling with Valium addiction obtain and maintain sobriety.1,2
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What Happens at Inpatient Valium Rehab?
Inpatient Valium rehab is the highest level of addiction treatment available. Patients live at the facility for a designated period of time. Program durations may vary depending on the severity of addiction and individual needs. Treatment programs typically range from 30-90 days in length, but longer programs such as 180 day and one year long programs exist as well.3,4,5
Many different types of addiction therapies and interventions may be offered at an inpatient Valium rehab. These include:1,2,3,4,5
- Medical detox: Because Valium misuse can lead to physiological dependence, many people experience intense and unpleasant withdrawal symptoms when they reduce or stop use. Some symptoms, such as seizures, can be serious and even life-threatening. For this reason, those in early recovery should detox under medical supervision. Your medical team will help keep you comfortable and safe during the detox process and may provide medications to help relieve your symptoms.
- Individual counseling: Individual therapy is an important component of inpatient Valium rehab programs. You will have regular one-on-one counseling sessions with your therapist to help identify triggers for drug use, build healthy coping skills, and address any underlying trauma or co-occurring mental health disorders that may be contributing to your drug use.
- Group therapy: Group counseling is typically offered on a regular basis at most inpatient facilities. This helps people struggling with Valium addiction to realize they aren’t alone. People can learn from the experiences of their peers and support each other in finding healing and building healthy coping skills.
- Family therapy: In some cases, families may choose to be involved in treatment. Family members may come to the treatment facility during designated times and participate in family counseling sessions. This enables loved ones to address any unhealthy dynamics and patterns, as well as provides family members with additional skills to support the person in recovery.
- Peer support programs: Peer-support groups, such as 12-step programs, are usually offered on-site at residential facilities. The groups may vary depending on the treatment center’s unique philosophy.
- Holistic treatments: Some facilities may provide holistic therapies in addition to the traditional treatment model.Some holistic services that may be offered to help support those in recovery include:
- Yoga, mindfulness, or other meditation teachings
- Nutritional counseling
- Spiritual counseling and services
- Massage and spa services
- Herbal remedies
- Reiki and other energy healing modalities
- Biofeedback and neurofeedback
- Access to nature as a source of healing
- Horseback riding
Benefits of Valium Addiction Rehab
Choosing an inpatient treatment program for Valium addiction has many advantages. Such benefits include:3,4,5
- 24/7 care and support
- Medically supervised detox
- Housing and meals provided
- Daily, structured routine
- Safe environment free from drugs and alcohol
- Peer support and sense of community
- Patient privacy
- Time and space to focus exclusively on your healing and recovery
- Being completely separated from your usual environment and the triggers that may lead you to misuse Valium
- Access to a variety of different treatment modalities
- Serene, peaceful setting (depending on the facility you choose)
- Individualized treatment programs
- Access to aftercare and relapse prevention programs following release
Do I Need Inpatient Valium Rehab?
Choosing a rehab program that’s right for you isn’t always an easy decision. You may be wondering if inpatient Valium rehab is appropriate or if you would be more suited for an outpatient program. Generally, inpatient treatment for Valium addiction is the best option for people with:3,4,5
- History of relapse
- Severe valium addiction
- Polysubstance misuse problems
- Long-term physiological dependence
- Co-occurring mental health disorders or medical conditions
- Lack of personal support system at home
- Preference for extra support, structure, and routine during treatment
- The ability to take off of work or school for an extended period of time for treatment
Inpatient treatment may not be the best option for those with young children to support at home, unless childcare can be arranged. Others may not be able to take a leave of absence from work or may find that inpatient treatment isn’t affordable. Partial hospitalization programs may be a more appropriate option in these cases. For help finding the right recovery program for you or a loved one, call our 24/7 helpline at 800-926-9037 (Who Answers?) to speak to one of our knowledgeable recovery support specialists.
Valium Addiction and Co-Occurring Anxiety
Because Valium is an anti-anxiety medication, many people who develop an addiction to it may also have a co-occurring anxiety or panic disorder. Medical prescriptions are the primary source of supply for people who misuse Valium and other benzodiazepines. As such, people may be prescribed the drug as a treatment for anxiety or panic disorder and end up developing a substance use disorder.6,7
Anxiety disorders and substance use disorders frequently co-occur. This is referred to as dual diagnosis and often requires higher levels of care, such as inpatient treatment, in order to adequately address both additions and the complex ways in which they affect one another. Co-occurring anxiety and substance use disorders are associated with:7
- More severe symptoms of both disorders
- Higher levels of disability and functional impairment
- Poorer outcomes
The National Epidemiologic Survey on Alcohol and Related Conditions (NESARC) conducted a study that found that nearly 15% of individuals diagnosed with an anxiety disorder also had a substance use disorder within the previous year. Conversely, 18% of those with substance use disorders reported an anxiety disorder, and 33-43% of those were in treatment.7
Diagnosing co-occurring substance use disorders and anxiety disorders is challenging as the causes are multi-faceted. Anxiety symptoms can occur as a result of drug intoxication or withdrawal symptoms or people may develop a substance use disorder in their attempts to “self-medicate” an anxiety disorder.7
How to Choose an Inpatient Valium Rehab
There are countless inpatient Valium rehab programs available, each with its own treatment philosophy and approach. It’s important to choose a Valium addiction rehab program that meets your unique needs, treatment preferences, and priorities. Some things you may want to consider when choosing an inpatient treatment program include:3,4,5
- Treatment setting and environment: Find a treatment center with an environment that is peaceful for you. Some treatment centers may be at a beach or in the mountains. Natural settings can provide you with a more serene environment in which to focus on healing.
- Program cost: Inpatient treatment can be very expensive, though some programs are more affordable than others. Consider the costs of treatment and whether or not payment plans are an option.
- Insurance coverage: If you have insurance, you’ll want to be sure to find a treatment center that is covered by your insurance so that you can keep your out-of-pocket costs as low as possible.v
- Location of the treatment center: Some people may wish to have a treatment center that is close to home so that family members can visit or participate in family therapy. Others may be okay being further away from their home, particularly if they are seeking a specific environment or treatment setting that may not be available near them.
- Treatment center philosophy: There are many different treatment approaches and philosophies. Some people may wish to choose a treatment center based on spiritual beliefs, religious affiliations, or other unique treatment philosophies.
- Program accreditations: Some treatment programs may have special accreditations that may help give you more confidence in the treatment center’s ability to help you overcome Valium addiction.
- Staff credentials: Consider the staff who will be supporting you during your recovery. Ideally, you’ll attend a treatment center with a well-rounded staff with a variety of credentials. This may include medical doctors, psychiatrists, nurses, psychologists, counselors, coaches, nutritionists, and holistic practitioners.
- Program rules and regulations: Each program has different rules and regulations. For example, some may allow and encourage visitors, while others may have a closed-door policy. Read through the rules and regulations for each treatment center thoroughly to determine which one is most appropriate for you and your family.
- Amenities and features: Inpatient treatment centers can vary greatly in the features and amenities they provide. Certain amenities, such as private rooms and chef-cooked meals, may be more desirable to some than others. Determine what it is you want in a treatment center and look for a facility that offers those specific amenities.
If you or a person you love are seeking inpatient treatment for Valium addiction, call 800-926-9037 (Who Answers?) to speak with a treatment support specialist about available rehab programs near you.
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- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (January 2014). Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research Based Guide. Treatment Settings.
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- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (January 2019). Treatment Approaches for Drug Addiction.
- Longo, L. & Johnson, B. (April 2000). Addiction: Part 1 Benzodiazepines—Side Effects, Abuse Risk, and Alternatives. American Family Physician. 1;61(7): 2121-2128.
- McHugh, R. (March 2015). Treatment of Co-Occurring Anxiety Disorders and Substance Use Disorders. Harvard Review of Psychiatry. 23(2): 99-111.