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Effects of Valium Abuse

The effects of Valium abuse often cause user's not to see the whole picture as it pertains to their drug abuse problem. Addicts will continue to use regardless of the effects of Valium abuse. They may drain the family bank account, lose their job, fail in school, damage relationships, ruin their health, or run into problems with the law.

Physical effects of Valium abuse show when the activity of the user's central nervous system slows down. Small doses of Valium relieves tension; large dose produces staggering, blurred vision, impaired thinking, slurred speech, impaired perception of time and space, slowed reflexes and breathing, reduced sensitivity to pain. The effects of Valium abuse when it comes to an overdoses causes unconsciousness, coma and death. Many of the deaths due to drugs (excluding alcohol) are caused by barbiturates and barbiturate-like drugs. Accidental overdoses often occur when children swallow pills or when adults with increased tolerance are unsure of how many to take.

CNS depressants such as Valium should be used with other medications only under a physician's supervision. Typically, they should not be combined with any other medication or substance that causes CNS depression, including prescription pain medicines, some over-the-counter cold and allergy medications, or alcohol. Using CNS depressants with these other substances - particularly alcohol - can slow breathing, or slow both the heart and respiration, and possibly lead to death.

Over time, individuals may become psychologically dependent on Valium for the maintenance of their mood state. Individuals with existing mental health challenges such as personality disorders or depression are particularly vulnerable to psychological dependence as the effects of Valium abuse can impact the way the mind adjusts to life events.

The effects of Valium abuse can cause changes in moods and behavior over time. One long-term behavioral effect to watch for includes an increase in aggression or aggressive behaviors. Professionals in the field of addiction recovery have noted that irritation and rage may be associated with a psychiatric reaction to the drug, and that this proves more likely to occur in very young or very old patients.

Another of the effects of Valium abuse over a long period of time includes amnesia. This effect can show up during regular therapeutic use of the medication, and that risk levels increase with dosage sizes. This condition is known as "antegrade amnesia."

If you are questioning your own Valium use, ask yourself some questions. Have you developed a higher tolerance for Valium? Does it take more and more Valium to get the desired effect? If you are concerned about a family member, friend or coworker, there are a few questions to ask in helping you're assessment. Here are the top 20 questions to assess the effects of Valium abuse in someone you care about:

  1. Has their appearance changed; they don't care how they look?
  2. Are they eating properly?
  3. Have they lost weight, or have they gained weight?
  4. Have you seen needle marks on their arms or legs?
  5. Are they slowing down?
  6. Do they have the shakes?
  7. Are their hands cold and sweaty?
  8. Have you smelled something on their breath, or their clothing?
  9. Do their eyes appear red?
  10. Are their pupils dilated?
  11. Is their face puffy?
  12. Has their coloring changed, become flushed or pale?
  13. Do they have a blank stare?
  14. Has their physical coordination changed? Are they staggering?
  15. Have they missed a lot of school, or work?
  16. Have their sleep habits changed? Are they always tired?
  17. Have they become lazy?
  18. Are they hyper?
  19. li>Do they talk a million miles a hour? Do they slur their words?
  20. Have you seen Drug paraphernalia?

This list is by no means an exhaustive account of the effects of Valium abuse and symptoms associated with it. Also, even if they/you have these Valium abuse symptoms, it doesn't necessarily mean a person is addicted. When it comes down to it, try to avoid being judgmental or jumping to conclusions; but also don't deny what is right in front of you!

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