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Valium And Violent Behavior

Until the 1970’s, doctors relied heavily on opioid medications for the treatment of various conditions.  As they started to realize the addictive potential of such drugs, pharmaceutical companies began developing another class of drugs known as benzodiazepines, or “benzos.”  Benzos were initially thought to be super safe and non-addictive, but it wasn’t long before they were the most prescribed medication in the United States.  

Some of the medications included in the class of benzos are Valium, Xanax, Ativan, and Klonopin.  They are used primarily to treat anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia, and alcohol withdrawals.  They target the GABA neurotransmitter, which is the most important neurotransmitter in the central nervous system.  Benzos enhance the effects of GABA, which results in a feeling of sedation.  

Although Valium has been around for decades, it is still one of the most prescribed benzos on the market.  People can suffer from memory loss and prolonged muscle weakness when they use it often.  Valium can be highly addictive and a tolerance to the drug can build up extremely fast, requiring the user to consume more of the drug to get the same desired effects.  Despite being designed to reduce anxiety and initiate calmness, Valium is a drug which can have paradoxical effects.  Once a tolerance to Valium has developed, instead of feeling relaxed, a person might feel severely agitated, aggressive, or hostile.  It may also lead people to have a lack of control over their impulses.  

The unfortunate fact is while doctors and pharmaceutical companies highly advise against it, people often use other substances in conjunction with Valium, which can produce dangerous effects.  Benzodiazepines are central nervous system depressants, which slow heart rate and breathing.  If they are combined with other depressants, a person’s body can become so incapacitated that their body may slip into a coma or their heart can stop beating.  There is, of course, the possibility of having adverse effects, which can result in extreme anger and irritability, resulting in the potential for violence.  

The scary part is 95 percent of people who are admitted to treatment centers with a benzo addiction claim they use other substances with it.  At any given time, 3 million people in the United States have a prescription to Valium, and an additional 2.6 million people use it for non-medical purposes.  The prescription drug epidemic has blown out of control, but there is help for a better future if you make the decision to get help.  

If you are ready to leave active addiction behind, Gardens Wellness Center can help. We can help you detox and figure out what program of treatment is right for you. Call us today at 844-828-1050 or email us at to learn more.