The teenage years are often the most challenging in a persons life. The hormonal and physical changes teens experience coupled with the formation of personal identity can bring about feelings of fear and insecurity. The teenage years are also a time where interpersonal relationships develop and familial relationships are often strained. It is no secret that the modern American teen is under a significant amount of pressure. High school and college requirements are increasingly more demanding and the amount of extracurricular activities is ever expanding. Many teens feel immense pressure to succeed and to feel accepted by their peers. Due to this, many teens are turning to Valium for relief. Teen Valium abuse is a growing issue in society today. Parents and teachers must work together to educate, identify and address this issue.
What is Valium?
Valium is the brand name for diazepam, which belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs. It is used to manage anxiety disorders and produce short-term relief from anxiety symptoms. Valium is classified as a Schedule II drug due to its high potential for abuse and the possibility of leading to severe psychological or physical dependence. Valium is highly addictive and users often develop a tolerance for the drug. Unfortunately, despite many health benefits it often abused. Many teens abuse Valium due to the feeling of euphoria and a relaxed state of mind it produces.
How are Teens Abusing Valium?
Valium is meant to only be prescribed by a doctor but teens often utilize various illicit channels to attain the drug. One way teens obtain the drug is by frequenting different physicians and lying about their medical history in order to obtain multiple prescriptions for Valium, this is referred to as doctor shopping. There are hundreds of illegitimate websites that sell prescription drugs without requiring a prescription. Teens often utilize this method because many illegitimate sites do not require age verification. Other teens purchase Valium on the streets from local drug dealers.
Teens often use alternative routes of administration in order to get high. Some teens take the tablet orally, some crush the tablet and snort it and others dilute the tablet in water to inject the drug. While all methods can lead to serious health risks and overdose, users that inject drugs are at a higher risk of accidental overdose and other health complications.
What are the Dangers Associated with Valium Abuse?
When used legitimately and as prescribed, Valium creates a very strong sense of comfort and relaxation. Valium and alcohol can be a fatal combination. Here are some of the negative side effects of Valium use and abuse:
- Slurred speech
- Short-term memory loss
- Interpersonal relationship conflicts
- Legal problems
- Financial problems
- Muscle pain
- Nausea and vomiting
- Chest pain
- Uncontrollable muscle twitches
- Suicidal ideation
Individuals who become dependent and then reduce their consumption of the drug will experience withdrawal effects. The withdrawal symptoms from Valium can be life threatening. An individual who is physically and emotionally dependent upon Valium must seek help from a medical professional.
Withdrawal Symptoms Associated with Valium Dependence
When a person becomes physically dependent upon a drug, they experience withdrawal symptoms when the effects of that drug wear off. This often drives the individual to continue using the drug, in order to ease their discomfort. Withdrawal symptoms can range in severity depending upon the duration of the abuse and amount of the drug that has been used. Withdrawal from Valium can be a serious and life-threatening condition. It is imperative that someone who is physically dependent upon Valium seeks help from a medical professional. Some of the side effects of withdrawal:
- Blurred vision
- Trouble sleeping
- Intense sweating
- Nervous feelings
- Aggressive behaviors
- Weight loss
- Tingling sensation in hands and feet
- Suicidal thoughts
- Death resulting from suicide or other health complications
Physical Warning Signs of Valium Abuse
Here are some of the commonly seen physical changes someone abusing Valium may exhibit:
- Decreased urination
- Swelling in hands and feet
- Impaired coordination
- Dry mouth
- Stuffy nose
- Fluctuations in weight
- Blurred or double vision
- Slurred speech
- Heart palpitations
Behavioral Warning Signs of Valium Abuse
Here are some of the commonly seen behavioral changes someone abusing Valium may exhibit:
- “Doctor shopping”
- Stealing or borrowing Valium
- Forging prescriptions
- Engagement in risky behaviors
- Lowered inhibition
- Aggression and violence
- Failing to tend to daily responsibilities
- Strained interpersonal and familial relationships
- Poor academic performance
- Changes in appetite
- Taking higher doses than what was prescribed
- Chewing, crushing or snorting pills to increase effects
- Taking more tablets more frequently than prescribed
Psychological Warning Signs of Valium Abuse
Here are some of the commonly seen psychological changes someone abusing Valium may exhibit:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Non-cohesive thoughts
- Memory problems
Don’t Wait to Intervene – Seek Help Immediately
If you are concerned that a teen is abusing Valium it is imperative that you take action. You can never be to safe or intervene too early. Even if you believe the teen may just be “experimenting” with Valium or any other substance, confronting the problem is the first step. Experimentation and casual drug or alcohol use can rapidly turn into abuse, dependence or addiction. If you know someone that needs help please do not hesitate to give us a call and we would be happy to answer any questions you may have. Please call (888)357-7577 or simply click the link below.