Valium is one of the many drugs that is combined with alcohol for various reasons. Although those who mix Valium and alcohol are well aware of what they consider to be “benefits,” they may not fully know or understand the potential negative side effects of this combination. Valium, in general, is considered a relatively safe prescription drug, when taken as prescribed. However, when it’s abused and/or mixed with a substance like alcohol, it can pose some serious risks to the body.
So the questions to consider are: What exactly are the effects of Valium and alcohol as individual substances? And what are the dangers of mixing these substances? Is treatment available for valium and alcohol abuse or addiction?
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What Is Valium?
Valium is a type of benzodiazepine (a tranquilizer medication) that affects the chemicals in the brain. It results in sedation, muscle relaxation and reduced anxiety. This is why it’s often prescribed to treat muscle spasms, anxiety disorders and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. It can even be used to help treat seizures. Just as with any other drug, it’s important that it be taken only after speaking with a doctor. It’s also important to disclose information about any health conditions that you currently have so you can eliminate any unnecessary side effects.
As with many other benzodiazepines, Valium can be habit-forming, which can lead users to abuse it. It’s also abused because of its widespread availability, both by people with prescriptions and those without, due to the euphoric effects that it produces in high doses. This abuse, even without being combined with alcohol, can result in various undesirable effects.
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What Are the Side Effects of Valium & Alcohol?
The relaxing effects of Valium are comparable to those of alcohol, but both of these substances can have various negative side effects as well if they’re abused. These effects vary for each person and are dependent on the dose taken as well as the overall health of the user. If you have a prescription for Valium, take only the prescribed dosage, and follow your doctor’s instructions.
There are more than a dozen short-term and long-term side effects of Valium and alcohol abuse to the body and the brain. They include:
- Common side effects associated with Valium abuse:
- Panic attacks
- Common side effects associated with Alcohol abuse:
- Memory loss
- Impaired fine muscle coordination
- High blood pressure
- Shortened attention span
- Impaired judgement
Abusing Valium and alcohol can also result in various behavioral or social problems, such as depression and alienation from family. In some cases, those who abuse these substances experience problems with work and finances as well.
The Dangers of Mixing Valium & Alcohol
People often combine Valium and alcohol to enhance the effects of Valium, unaware of the risks. Mixing these two substances is never recommended because, in addition to the many health risks (listed below), it can be fatal.
- Combining these substances can cause confusion, disorientation and/or dizziness.
- Valium can dramatically enhance the effects of alcohol in the bloodstream. This results in a euphoric feeling, which can then lead to repeated abuse of both substances combined.
- Combining Valium and alcohol can lead to loss of consciousness and/or brain damage.
- Of course, one of the worst possible side effects of mixing these two substances is death.
Getting Help for Substance Abuse
If you’re dealing with an addiction to Valium and alcohol, either as separate or combined substances, we can help you down the road to recovery. The Recovery Village has several locations throughout the country. Each center offers several individualized treatment program and is staffed by a team of experienced, compassionate medical professionals. Call us today to learn more from one of our intake specialists. Recovery is just a call away.
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