Diazepam and Drug Rehab Explained
Diazepam — a benzodiazepine better known as Valium — is a beneficial medicine for a huge number of Britons, with millions of prescriptions being written each year. Sadly, however, diazepam’s habit-forming potential is taking an increasingly severe toll in this country. A recent study cited in The Spectator showed that up to a quarter of all people prescribed benzodiazepines will go on to develop addictions to the drugs, and some experts believe that there are up to 1.5 million addicted people in the UK alone.
For many of these people, overcoming their addictions will be difficult without professional help, and the dangerous nature of benzodiazepine withdrawal makes attempting to do so without such help extremely inadvisable. Fortunately, addiction treatment clinics with experience treating diazepam addiction can be found throughout the UK, and if you are struggling with an addiction to diazepam, you can be confident that the assistance you need to beat your condition is never too far away.
Where to Get Help for Diazepam Addiction/Substance Abuse
If you suffer from a diazepam addiction and have decided to get help, you will have a great many options to choose from. It’s important that you make the right choice, and speaking with someone familiar with the field, such as an addiction specialist, can help you work out which treatment facilities and types of treatment might be most appropriate for you. Always begin by contacting your GP, and/or an addiction specialist to discuss your situation and find out about various routes to treatment.
Importance of treating diazepam addiction & when to seek treatment
Any type of benzodiazepine addiction, including diazepam addiction, is very dangerous, with potentially long-term and even fatal consequences for your health, as well as very serious ramifications for your life prospects and circumstances. Tackling your addiction as soon as possible is imperative, and that means getting professional help.
There is certainly no wrong time to seek help for your diazepam addiction, especially when compared with not getting help at all. The longer you struggle with your addiction, though, the greater the chance it will cause you permanent harm, so you should speak with your GP and/or an addiction specialist as early as possible. Certainly, if you have tried and failed to stop taking diazepam, or have experienced any health effects from your addiction, you should make that call immediately.
Understanding diazepam addiction treatment and rehab options
Many clinics across the country have great experience in treating diazepam addiction. Nevertheless, it is important to remember that not all of these clinics will be suitable for you, for various reasons. Your personal circumstances — including your condition, location and the severity of your addiction — will have a great impact on the nature of your treatment, where it is provided, how long it lasts and other factors.
Whether you choose to attend private rehab or enrol in services provided by the NHS or a charity, the important thing is that you get treatment, rather than continuing to struggle with your addiction. Failure to get help could be fatal.
- NHS Options
- Private Rehab
- Residential Care
Private rehab vs free treatment options for diazepam addiction
Numerous organisations treat diazepam addiction in the UK. The NHS does offer treatment services throughout the country, but places in both NHS addiction treatment and treatment provided by charities are often very limited and may have waiting lists.
Some people struggling with addiction prefer not to have to wait for treatment and choose the private route in order to get help immediately. This does have a cost, of course, but some clinics do provide credit, while for other people, private health insurance can cover the treatment they need.
Executive/luxury rehab programmes for diazepam addiction
Treatment needs to be tailored to your means as well as to your wishes. Some wealthier users may wish to get treatment in the most luxurious possible setting, to ensure the highest levels of comfort and minimal levels of stress. If you are a high net worth individual struggling with diazepam addiction, you may wish to investigate luxury rehab options in which you receive treatment in a high-end environment similar to a luxury hotel.
Similarly, some users working in high-pressure roles feel unable to take time away from work without jeopardising their careers yet still need treatment. For such people, executive rehab programmes exist in which amenities such as videoconferencing and secure internet access are available to keep them up to date with work whilst they are receiving treatment.
What Happens in Diazepam Rehab
Although most treatment clinics generally follow similar processes, no two facilities are identical, and every person’s journey through treatment and recovery is likewise unique. If you are looking for help with your diazepam addiction, find out as much as you can about your treatment programme beforehand so you do not encounter any surprises. The more you know about what lies ahead, the more comfortable you will be with your treatment.
That said, it is possible to give a rough guide of what to expect when entering rehab for diazepam addiction.
Diazepam rehab admission process
Rehabs work hard to make their admissions processes as easy and hassle-free as possible, as they recognise that clients entering treatment are already under great pressure and wish to deal with as few complications as possible.
Once you get in touch with a treatment organisation, they will usually ask for some basic details about your situation and condition before making recommendations for specific clinics. When you decide upon a clinic, private treatment organisations will typically request a deposit; once this has been paid, your place in treatment will be confirmed and you will be able to travel to the facility and begin to get the help you need.
Diazepam addiction assessment
Doctors cannot begin treating you until they have as full as possible an understanding of your physical and mental health. Therefore, your first step upon entering the clinic will be a health assessment, based upon which doctors will draw up your bespoke addiction treatment plan. The treatment you receive in rehab will be based upon this plan, though it will be flexible to a certain degree so doctors can respond to any developments during your treatment.
It is absolutely vital that you are completely candid during this assessment; you need to give doctors every detail about your health and your addiction. A failure to be fully honest here could have serious consequences for the success of your treatment and could also endanger your health. Regardless of how embarrassed you may be, please give doctors every detail they require. They are there not to judge you but to help you.
Acceptance of the problem
Medically assisted/controlled detoxification
Having completed your assessment, you will move into the first phase of treatment: detoxification (detox). Detox is a process of cleansing your system, via a period of abstinence, of substances of abuse including diazepam. You cannot go through treatment successfully if you are still labouring under the burden of diazepam dependence or still abusing diazepam.
Withdrawal symptoms typically develop during detox. Diazepam withdrawal can be dangerous, but in rehab you will have 24/7 access to experienced medical professionals who can ensure your safety and comfort during the withdrawal process, sometimes including the prescription of certain medication.
Following detox and the subsiding of any withdrawal symptoms, you will proceed to the subsequent treatment phase, commonly known as rehabilitation. Rehabilitation has therapy at its core, seeking to understand the root causes of addiction so you can work through them successfully and giving you a range of defence mechanisms to prevent relapse.
As well as regular therapy sessions, you will be given bespoke fitness and dietary plans and — depending on the facility you are attending — could enjoy other facilities such as gyms, swimming pools, games rooms and others.
Though you will be justified in feeling positive once you complete your treatment and leave the clinic, it is very important that you do not get complacent. Your recovery is not yet complete, and you should not think of yourself as being cured of your diazepam addiction. Recovery is a long-term, even lifelong process requiring constant diligence and dedication, and you will face countless unexpected challenges along the way. As well as providing you with key skills and defence mechanisms, good rehabs usually offer up to a year’s free aftercare to give you the most solid foundation possible for your recovery.
What Is an Inpatient Rehab Programme?
Most people’s idea of rehab is inpatient or residential rehabilitation, in which clients reside on-site for one to three months in secure, peaceful and substance-free environments and receive their addiction treatment plans within the facility. Doctors and other medical professionals will be available 24/7, while clients will also enjoy the support and companionship of other clients who understand the nature of addiction and can offer friendship and advice at critical times.
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What Is Outpatient Rehab?
If you feel unable to take time out from your daily life for full residential rehab and still need help to beat your diazepam addiction, outpatient treatment may be appropriate for you.
Outpatient treatment see certain appointments provided on-site, but you are required to carry out many other elements of your treatment plan independently. This makes treatment more flexible and typically cheaper but is not entirely appropriate for everyone. Since clients remain in the environments in which they have succumbed to diazepam abuse and addiction, relapse (and potentially the failure of treatment) is more likely.
Some clinics provide day programmes, with treatment given onsite during the daytime for between one and seven days a week. Such programmes can be especially beneficial for clients residing close to the rehab; who have secure support networks to give assistance at times of crisis; or who need treatment but have obligations at home such as babies or very young children that might make overnight stays in rehab challenging. They can also be of great help to clients who have completed inpatient treatment but believe they could still benefit from ongoing support.
Day programmes are not advisable for everyone, however. They are not recommended for clients who live a long way from the rehab and travel an hour or more to treatment; who lack strong support networks and are more at risk of relapse; or who suffer from dual diagnosis or other co-occurring health complications that may make treatment more complex.
Intensive outpatient programmes
Traditional outpatient programmes can last many months, with only a couple of appointments each week. However, some clients prefer more rigorous outpatient schedules. Intensive outpatient programmes usually see clients participating in four or more 3- to 5-hour sessions per week and required to attend appointments including therapy, check-ups, prescriptions and other components of treatment plans. They are able to lead their normal lives the rest of the week, which may include going to work.
Because intensive outpatient treatment involves so much time outside the clinic and therefore many opportunities to relapse, clients in such treatment are frequently required to participate in drug tests in order to ensure they are adhering to the requirements of their treatment plans.
Ongoing care, usually called aftercare, is help provided by a rehab after an addiction treatment plan concludes and the client leaves the clinic. People who have gone through treatment almost always require follow-on care such as counselling, check-ups, etc., — and potentially more prescriptions, if withdrawal symptoms persist. To provide this, your facility should give you an aftercare plan that includes scheduled appointments (whether on-site or over the phone or email) and may require participating in support group meetings such as those provided by Narcotics Anonymous (NA).
Usually, assuming all goes well, an aftercare schedule will be most intensive at the beginning, with the frequency of appointments declining as you proceed through recovery. Some clinics also make some of their services available on an emergency basis free of charge as part of aftercare, should you find yourself requiring urgent attention such as intense cravings. As part of your research into treatment options, always request information about aftercare from any clinic you may be considering.
How Is Medication Used to Treat Addiction?
The treatment of diazepam addiction, as with any other form of substance addiction, is based on therapy aimed at changing problematic thought processes and behaviours to allow you to live without engaging in substance abuse. There is currently no pharmaceutical cure for addiction.
Nevertheless, medication can play a part in treating addiction. For example, medicine may be prescribed to reduce the frequency and severity of cravings, help reduce dosages, replace more problematic and illegal substances of abuse or deter substance abuse. Other medicines are often prescribed to reduce the severity of withdrawal symptoms, making withdrawal safer and more manageable.
Medications used in addiction treatment & rehab
Not all medication used in the treatment of addiction is relevant in every case, and even drugs which are relevant may not be appropriate for certain clients. Some medicine interacts dangerously with other medications or with substances of abuse, while some may be risky for clients suffering from dual diagnosis or other health issues that may complicate treatment. As a result, it is vital that you do not attempt to self-medicate your diazepam addiction, as doing so could put your health, and even your life, at risk.
Whether you are prescribed medication as part of your diazepam addiction treatment is up to your doctors. They will make that decision based on your initial health assessment and how you respond to treatment. If you are not prescribed any medication, it does not indicate inadequate care or a failure by your doctors to listen to your complaints and concerns or that you are less likely to achieve success in your treatment.
- Naltrexone (Vivitrol)
- Buprenorphine (Buprenex)
- Disulfiram (Antabuse)
- Acamprosate (Campral)
- Paroxetine (Paxil)
- Modafinil (Provigil)
- Desipramine (Norpramin)
- Mirtazapine (Remeron)
- Bupropion (Buproban)
- Gabapentin (Fanatrex)
- Vigabatrin (Sabril)
- Baclofen (Kemstro)
- Topiramate (Topamax)
Psychotherapy for Diazepam Addiction Treatment
Psychotherapy is the foundation of all addiction treatment. Whilst detox and withdrawal is an unavoidable first step for anyone who has a diazepam dependence and/or is still using diazepam before treatment commences, detox alone will not address the psychological challenges that have led to your substance abuse and addiction. Even after you have gone through detox and withdrawal, the root causes of your addiction will not have been addressed, and without therapy designed to strengthen you psychologically, you are unlikely to remain clean.
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In psychotherapy, coping refers to making conscious effort to resolve personal and interpersonal challenges in order to attempt to overcome, minimise or tolerate conflict and stress. Coping-focused psychotherapy seeks to help clients come up with healthy mechanisms by which such challenges can be addressed and defeated.
We typically refer to those mechanisms as coping strategies and tend to develop them over the course of our childhood and adolescence and as we mature into adulthood. Unfortunately, some people adopt substance abuse as a coping strategy, with obvious ramifications. Coping-focused psychotherapy, such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and dialectical behavioural therapy (DBT), aims to foster better and less destructive coping strategies as therapist and client collaborate to explore how previous strategies have failed and what lessons can be learnt from these failures.
Social skills/interpersonal/growth psychotherapy
Although it would be too much to say that “poor social skills cause addiction”, there are often many connections between inadequate social and interpersonal skills and substance abuse that can lead to addiction. Such deficiencies can lead to pronounced challenges (for example, difficulty with romantic relationships) that can drive some people into destructive behaviour and negative coping strategies that can include substance abuse.
Interpersonal psychotherapy is designed to improve social skills to prevent any challenges related to social and interpersonal interaction from having a deleterious impact and to improve a client’s ability to create and enjoy better relationships. This can have positive consequences for the client’s life after treatment, including potentially increasing their professional and/or commercial value, and can also have an immediate impact on treatment as the client becomes better able to articulate their emotions during therapy.
Exploratory psychotherapy, also known as psychodynamic psychotherapy, investigates the effect of past experiences on present behaviour to give the client an improved understanding of where their problematic thinking and behaviour comes from. In many cases, this involves exploring traumatic events that may have contributed to the development of addiction, which can be difficult and distressing. However, therapists are aware of this potential for distress and work very carefully with the client to explore the past in ways that have maximal therapeutic value.
Exploratory therapy frequently results in greatly improved self-esteem and self-awareness, as well as much better mood regulation. These benefits are long-term, and clients often continue to make gains from therapy long after the end of an addiction treatment plan. Many clients continue to participate in exploratory psychotherapy for years after they leave the clinic or even indefinitely as they come to see it not simply as an aspect of treating addiction but as a useful component of a well-balanced and happy life.
Types of psychotherapy used in diazepam addiction treatment
Addiction treatment has become a very sophisticated field over the past few decades and has become an arena in which great psychotherapeutic advances have been made. As a result, many therapy methodologies have emerged that are now used to treat addiction. However, each clinic can offer only a small fraction of the methodologies available for addiction treatment. If you are keen on a particular therapy methodology, speak with an addiction specialist about which facilities offer that methodology and which methodologies may be most similar to your preferred option if it is unavailable.
Because not everybody responds equally well to every different methodology, some clinics offer the opportunity for you to try out different therapy models before you settle on one. You should investigate whether this experimentation is available by speaking to facility staff directly before choosing a rehab.
- Acceptance and commitment therapy
- Art therapy
- Cognitive behavioural therapy
- Dialectical behavioural therapy
- Experiential therapy
- Family therapy
- Fitness therapy
- Group therapy
- Holistic therapy
- Individual therapy
- Music therapy
- Psychodynamic therapy
The Recovery Process
The treatment of your diazepam addiction may last several months, and this can be a difficult period. Having completed the treatment plan and achieved abstinence, you may feel that your addiction has been conquered and your troubles are over. However, this is a misleading and potentially dangerous mindset — in some ways, the most difficult part of your journey begins now.
Elements of recovery
No two experiences of addiction and recovery are the same, because we are all unique. Nevertheless, there are obvious similarities between experiences of recovery, and it is possible to learn a great deal from how others have achieved and sustained abstinence and what their recovery journeys have looked like.
It can be beneficial to divide the recovery process into several distinct elements to focus and work on during treatment. Different techniques can be developed to boost your capabilities in each of these areas, with some forms of therapy especially beneficial in terms of addressing certain elements of recovery.
- Developing hope
- Secure base
- Sense of self
- Supportive relationships
- Social inclusion
- Coping skills
- Giving meaning
How Long Are Diazepam Rehab Programmes?
There is no single roadmap for how long you will need to stay in diazepam addiction treatment. The duration of your treatment depends on numerous factors, including your level of health and the severity of your addiction. It’s important to bear in mind that initial estimates regarding the likely length of treatment should not be set in stone. You may respond better than expected to treatment and move through it more quickly than anticipated, or your situation may be more complicated than originally thought and you may benefit from an extension to your treatment plan.
Usually, a stay in residential rehab for the treatment of diazepam addiction will last between 30 and 90 days; however, your recovery is not complete the moment you leave the clinic. You may wish to receive counselling and/or medication, for example, after the completion of your addiction treatment plan. If this is the case, do not consider your treatment to have failed; it is simply that your recovery process is ongoing.
What Does Diazepam Rehab Cost in the UK?
Private diazepam addiction treatment costs can vary widely from one rehab to another and will be impacted by factors including the duration and type of treatment, the standard of the clinic you attend and the provision of any specialist care.
As a very rough guide, residential diazepam addiction treatment in the UK costs between £4,000 and £15,000 a month. However, before committing to treatment, you may wish to discuss pricing with an addiction specialist, who may also be able to give you information on the best ways to pay for treatment.
Diazepam Addiction Recovery and Aftercare
Good rehabs typically offer up to a year’s free aftercare to give you the most support possible for your recovery, which may be challenging or offer unforeseen difficulties. You should therefore make the most of any aftercare provided.
Recovery and community
As a rule of thumb, the stronger the support base to which an client has access, the greater the likelihood that their treatment will be successful. Usually when people think of a support base, they think of family and friends; however, the community to which you can turn for support is actually much broader than this. Because of how widespread the problem of addiction is in the UK, there are now a great many recovering users across the country, many of whom are active in supporting and counselling others who may be less far along on the recovery journey.
Not only can you obtain support and advice from this community, but you can also provide support to others. This can be very therapeutic for you and can help you work through issues that may still bother you during your recovery journey.
The most famous and widespread of drug addiction support organisations now active around the UK is Narcotics Anonymous (NA). NA and similar organisations host meetings, typically on a weekly basis, that offer free attendance for anyone committed to leaving an abstinent life. Participating in support groups can be a huge boost to your recovery; speak with an addiction specialist about which groups may operate in your area.
NA follows the 12-step model developed by the founders of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA). Because some aspects of this model may be incompatible with certain personal beliefs, not every client finds 12-step programmes beneficial; however, millions of people worldwide have been helped by 12-step organisations, and you could be one of them. For more information about 12-step programmes, speak with an addiction specialist.
Ready to Start Rehab?
A failure to address your diazepam addiction could be dangerous or even fatal. If you can admit that you have a problem with diazepam and are willing to ask for help, the sooner you can do so, the better. Get in touch with your GP and/or an addiction specialist as soon as possible.
Take control of your life — get started on the road to recovery
No matter how helpless you may feel in the grip of your diazepam addiction, it is not too late to escape it and take back control of your life. Pick up the phone today and call your GP and/or an addiction specialist to discuss your situation and find out what treatment options are available for you. Making that call will be your first step on the path back to the life you want and deserve — and can still have, with the right help. Take that step today.
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