Valium use crosses the line into abuse and addiction when it is misused for the high produced by the drug instead of pain relief. As a person consumes more of the drug over time, the body becomes physically dependent on the medication.
Physical dependence means users must consume more of the drug to get the desired effects, as well as to prevent withdrawal symptoms that arise when the drug is not present in their system. Valium addiction often leads to psychological addiction as well, causing anxiety, cravings, and other effects when they aren’t taking the medication.
Valium addiction behaviors include:
- Taking more than the prescribed dosage
- “Doctor shopping” for multiple prescriptions
- Tampering with Valium before taking it
- Taking Valium in any way other than orally
There are serious risks to Valium misuse. Sharing, giving away, or selling Valium is against the law because of its dangerous medical consequences. Prescriptions are filled for specific doses tailored to specific people, and its effects can have adverse reactions in others.
If a person with a Valium addiction is unable to access the drug, they may look for illegal sources or alternative sedatives. Because this illegal Valium is not controlled by a pharmacy, it frequently contains unknown and harmful ingredients.