Diazepam Addiction Treatment

Published by John Gillen | Last updated: 19th December 2023


Clinically Reviewed by Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

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Diazepam (Valium) is classified within the ‘benzodiazepine’ family of drugs and works as a sedative.

Diazepam is commonly prescribed on the NHS to treat a range of disorders including anxiety, insomnia and muscle spasms and is also prescribed to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms, namely alcohol-induced seizures for severe symptoms during detox.

Although it is commonly described, Diazepam can become addictive if used incorrectly, for longer periods than advised or abused in large amounts.

Find out more about Diazepam addiction rehab treatment here.


About Diazepam Addiction

Diazepam, also known as Valium, is a beneficial prescription drug which helps treat a number of disorders if used as prescribed by a doctor.

People who consume Diazepam for a period greater than four months risk developing a physical as well as psychological addiction to the drug, which is why it is important to follow rules about prescription drug intake.

If consumption of Diazepam is longer than is recommended, tolerance to Diazepam is developed which means users need a greater amount of the drug in order to feel its effects, or if abused, ‘high’.

When consumed alongside alcohol, Diazepam users put their health at significant risk, including the risk of respiratory depression and death. In these cases, NHS hospitals administer an antidote known as Flumazenil which reduces the risk of coma and death.

Like other benzodiazepines, Diazepam works by increasing the production of the hormone GABA located in the brain. In turn, GABA depresses the central nervous system making users feel highly relaxed.

This sedative effect means users become addicted to Diazepam as users feel Diazepam helps them to alleviate emotional pain or trauma or provide them with a euphoric sensation.

Although Diazepam is prescribed in tablet form, many chronic addicts snort or inject the drug. Snorting or injecting Diazepam increases tolerance to the drug and increases the sensation.


Diazepam Detox Programme

In order to treat Diazepam addiction, Cassiobury Court offers a comprehensive 28-day detoxification and rehabilitation programme. Our drug rehabilitation programme requires clients to move into our Watford residential rehab centre for the duration of their treatment.

Symptoms associated with Diazepam addiction include:

  • Cravings for the drug
  • Anxiety
  • Nausea, Diarrhoea and vomiting
  • Slurred speech
  • Mood swings
  • Hallucinations

During drug detox, clients receive 24/7 medical attention. A team of medical practitioners and addiction recovery workers observe clients until withdrawal symptoms end and the Diazepam detox has ended.

Diazepam withdrawal symptoms typically last for around 7-10 days depending on the severity of the addiction, as well as body type, age, and general wellbeing.

Chronic long term Diazepam users are offered prescription medication to help uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms during the detox process. This allows clients to reach their rehabilitation goals without experiencing severe discomfort, and often makes the process safer.

To find out more about Valium detox, speak to a member of our admissions team on 0800 001 4070.


Treating Emotional Causes of Addiction

Once withdrawal symptoms have ended and clients have completed detox, the next step of Diazepam rehab is to attend therapy and counselling sessions. The aim of rehabilitation shifts to treating underlying emotional causes of Diazepam addiction.

Common therapy methods employed at Cassiobury Court include:

It is incredibly important to undergo addiction therapies and treatments as they address the root cause of addiction and any possible reasons for relapse that may be present.

Having the constant support of addiction recovery workers and peer support from other residents helps clients to stay motivated during the recovery journey and stay on track.


Is Private Rehab Treatment Worth it?

Choosing to attend a private rehab facility for Diazepam addiction is a hard decision to make, especially if you don’t know what to expect.

Attending a prescription drug addiction rehab programme is the best way to overcome Diazepam addiction. Medically-assisted detox programmes and top-quality addiction therapies allow residents to tackle their addiction head-on, as well as prepare for life after rehab.

Relapse prevention plans are provided during treatment programmes to help learn techniques to avoid triggers or the risk of relapse after rehab.

The cost of private rehab can vary, but costs are typically £3000-£10,000 dependent on a number of factors such as length of treatment, severity of addiction, and prescription medications used during the detox process.

Although this may seem a lot, it is an investment which is worth making to achieve long-term recovery from prescription drug abuse.

The team at Cassiobury Court are experts at treating Diazepam addiction and provide UK-leading rehabilitation treatment to support residents on their recovery journey.

Find out more about our Diazepam addiction treatment by calling on 0800 001 4070.


Aftercare and Relapse Prevention

Once therapy sessions conclude, tailored relapse prevention and an aftercare plan is drawn up.

A twelve-month aftercare programme is provided free of charge for any resident who successfully completes a 28 day stay. Aftercare sessions take place every Saturday afternoon at our rehabilitation centre in North London, helping to keep previous residents motivated.

These aftercare sessions provide a space to discuss any fears or concerns previous residents have, as well as celebrate milestones and offer support to other people within the session.

We also encourage clients to attend local rehab sessions such as Narcotics Anonymous groups once their private drug rehab has ended to continue the peer support experienced inside inpatient rehab.

It is important to feel support during the first difficult stage at home once inpatient rehab has concluded, which is why we recommend seeking support groups and attending our aftercare sessions.


About us

Cassiobury Court is a drug and alcohol rehabilitation centre located in Watford, London. We offer rehab treatment to residents who are looking to recover from alcohol and drug addictions across the UK.

Diazepam is a common prescription drug addiction that people suffer from. We offer state-of-the-art rehab treatments and therapies to help you overcome drug addiction to Valium for good.

To learn how addiction is treatable you can call today on 0800 001 4070 or complete our enquiry form.

John Gillen

John Gillen - Author Last updated: 19th December 2023

John Gillen is a leading addiction treatment expert with over 15 years of experience providing evidence-based treatment methods for individuals throughout the UK. John also co-authors the book, The Secret Disease of Addiction, which delves into how the addictive mind works and what treatment techniques work best.

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner)

Dr. Olalekan Otulana (Advanced Practitioner) - Medical Reviewer - Last Reviewed: 19th December 2023

Dr. Olalekan Otulana MBChB, DRCOG, MRCGP, DFSRH, FRSPH, MBA (Cantab)

 Dr Otulana is a highly experienced GP and Addiction Physician. He has a specialist interest in Substance Misuse Management and he has a wide range of experience in the assessment, management (including detoxification) and residential rehabilitation of clients with various drug and substance addiction problems.  His main aim is to comprehensively assess patients with addiction problems and determine their treatment needs for medical detoxification treatments and psychological interventions. He is also experienced in managing patients who require dual drug and alcohol detoxification treatments.

A strong healthcare services professional with a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A.) degree from Cambridge University Judge Business School.