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How Long Does Valium Withdrawal Last?

Benzodiazepines such as Valium will cause physical, mental, and emotional withdrawal symptoms for individuals who are abusing it. For people who struggle with Substance Use Disorder (also referred to as addiction) to Valium, it is likely they will experience withdrawal symptoms if they suddenly stop using Valium. The amount of time that Valium withdrawal symptoms last depends on the individual’s history of abusing Valium. For persons who have only used Valium for legitimate medical conditions such as anxiety, muscle spasms, insomnia, managing seizures, or as a medication to help them tolerate alcohol withdrawal symptoms, it is not likely that these individuals will experience withdrawal symptoms.

How Long Does Valium Withdrawal Last?

What Are Valium Withdrawal Symptoms?

The withdrawal symptoms that Valium addiction causes start shortly after the last dose. For people who are using Valium to get high and ingesting large doses of Valium regularly, their withdrawal symptoms can begin within one day, or in extreme cases, after a few hours from taking it last. The severity of Valium withdrawal symptoms can cause a life-threatening emergency to occur. Therefore, it is never recommended for any person who has been taking Valium without a prescription or taking more than their prescribed dose attempt to detox without medical supervision.

There are three phases of Valium withdrawal symptoms that most people with a SUD to Valium experience. The first phase is the acute phase. It is the most difficult as the withdrawal symptoms affect the person physically, mentally, and emotionally. The acute phase typically lasts 3- 7 days. The second phase of Valium withdrawal, aka general withdrawals, is similar to the acute phase, but with less intensity, and with newer symptoms occurring. This phase will likely last from 10 days up to two weeks or more. The last stage is what is known as Post-acute withdrawal syndrome, or PAWS for short. The first two phases of Valium withdrawal require medications and medical supervision to successfully and safely detox Valium from the body. In the third phase, PAWS can occur within days, weeks, months, and even years of someone completing a Valium detox.

PAWS symptoms are exceptionally prominent with benzodiazepine addiction and generally are because of why Valium is so often abused. Valium causes a person to feel relaxed and at ease. In a nutshell, Valium will reduce psychological discomforts such as nervousness and anxiety as well as cause a person to experience euphoria and feel high. Valium is a very addictive drug for these reasons. Therefore, PAWS can develop days, weeks, months, or even years after a person has stopped taking Valium. The best course of action for someone who may acquire or has developed PAWS is to enter a long-term treatment program for Valium addiction.

How Long Does the Valium Detox Last?

Valium withdrawal symptoms generally last ten days up to two weeks, and some people’s withdrawal symptoms may last as long as three weeks or one month. Because Valium causes dangerous withdrawal symptoms, doctors will prescribe a taper protocol to help a person detox from Valium safely. The withdrawal symptoms must be monitored by a medical team that specializes in benzodiazepine addiction. Going cold turkey is simply too hard. The withdrawal symptoms that Valium causes can easily be reduced to a tolerable and even comfortable level if they are managed by medical experts and through a taper regimen.

According to medical researchers who published an article with the National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health, Benzodiazepines, such as Valium, cause numerous dangerous and debilitating withdrawal symptoms. NCBI groups the withdrawal symptoms into sections, General, Musculoskeletal, Neurological, Gastrointestinal, and Psychological. It is essential to understand that during the acute phase of withdrawal from Valium, all of these symptoms are likely to be present. They will also continue during the second phase of withdrawal but at a lesser intensity. Many or some of the symptoms can also reappear during PAWS.

Benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome – clinical features:

  • General: Headache, heart palpitations, sweating
  • Musculoskeletal: Tremors, muscle pains, stiffness, and aches (limbs, back, neck, jaw)
  • Neurological: Dizziness, light-headedness, Paresthesia, shooting pains in neck and spine, Visual disturbances (blurred vision, diplopia, photophobia, vision lags behind eye movements), Tinnitus, Faintness and dizziness, sense of unsteadiness, Confusion, disorientation (may be intermittent) – a common cause of Confusion in older patients, Delirium (in the absence of autonomic hyperactivity) – particularly in older patients, Delusions, paranoia, Hallucinations (visual, auditory), Grand mal seizures 1–12 days after discontinuing benzodiazepines
  • Gastrointestinal: Nausea, Anorexia, Diarrhea (may resemble irritable bowel syndrome)
  • Psychological: Rebound insomnia, nightmares, anxiety, panic attacks, irritability, restlessness, agitation, Poor memory and concentration, Perceptual distortions – sensory hypersensitivity (light, sound, touch, taste), abnormal sensations (e.g. ‘cotton wool’ sensations), Distortions of body image, Feelings of unreality, depersonalization, derealization, Depression, dysphoria (NCBI)

The most crucial aspect that is needed to get and remain clean from Valium -successfully- is getting help for the addiction. Addiction to Valium and other substances stems from multiple influencers; however, when treated through a qualified Valium rehab program, it can be overcome. Persons who use Valium to feel better emotionally, mentally, and physically, have a longer-lasting option, and that is to receive professional drug addiction treatment that specializes in Valium and benzodiazepine addiction.

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