Would someone please be able to help me. I have panic/anxiety disorder, as well as Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Agoraphobia and Depression. I have been using Valium for 5 years, but not on a daily basis. In the beginning I was able to go weeks without taking Valium. Recently, I voluntarily admitted myself to hospital for 2 weeks were they began giving me up to 3 valiums a day making sure 4 hours had passed before they gave me a valium if I needed it. Then I got worse and they upped it to 4 valiums a day, which I took 1 valium about every 4 to 5 hours day. I was discharged on the 24th of December 2008. Since then, I have begun abusing the valium. I now take between 20 to 30 valium tablets (5mg) everyday. I am severely addicted. How do I get off the valium? I need help! Is there any other drug I can take to help myself ween off the valium? How do I ween myself off the valium? I'm very scared, and I really want to get off the valium, but without or very minimal withdrawal symptoms. If you have any suggestions it would be so very appreciated. Please, someone help me!
27 Jan 2008
I hear you and can definitely relate. First, a little background. I abused Xanax which is in the same family (benzos) and unbelievable amounts of every kind of prescribed opiates for a decade. Unfortunately, I have countless injuries and surgeries from sports and car accidents. Thank God I have not used opiates for almost 5 months and completely abstained from Xanax for four months. The amount of Valium your taking is definitely significant. I am also plagued with an Anxiety Disorder, Depression and mild OCD. Nonetheless, that did not justify my 40 to 50 mg (which is equivalent to approximately 1300 mg of Diazepam) a day habit of Xanax and my 3,500 mg opiate habit over 10 years. Crazy when you know that 16mg of Xanax in a 24 hour period can be fatal. In other words, I took a fatal dose every day for those many, many years. It is hard to face, but I died three times from overdoses and luckily was resuscitated. Now I am paying it forward.
After 4 months I was still going through very bad withdraws from the benzos. They really screw your system up. Even before I started taking them my nervous system was messed up. Note: Going cold turkey off benzos can kill you so do not attempt this at home. Sometimes I do not practice what I preach because "cold turkey" is what I did and it almost killed me (Imagine that). Last week my doctor put me back on 3 mg of Xanax a day because he realized my body was not adjusting. My muscles were twitching, my hands and feet had strange tingling sensations, again I was having panic attacks, sweating profusely from my armpits and had extremely bad insomnia. Obviously, I was placed on this med because of the aforementioned problems. So now there all back. I refused to take 3 mg and only take .5 before sleep. This very little dose has made all the difference for me. I am starting to feel a little better. Not so many panic attacks, the sweating has almost stopped and I can now get about 3 hours of sleep a night. And it is such a small dose. If I miss a day I go through some weird muscle spasms throughout my body, but now I can handle that aspect of the withdraws. Also strange feelings in hands and feet. My goal is to eliminate that .5mg, but for now it helps to keep me functional and able to work. Got to pay the bills.
This was my second time through Detox in the last two years. The first time I was able to kick the opiates for a little over 2 months, but I could not get off the Xanax because of the seizures. Well this time I was determined to get off of everything including cigarettes. Thank God I have been off the opiates and cigarettes for almost 5 months. I feel a little guilty about the .5 mg of Xanax at night, but it is completely medicinal and by no means abuse. Also I have a relative who gives me the med. It is out of my hands and that is a good thing.
Unfortunately, I am a bit of an expert in this area. If you are trying to get off Valium you can tapper off with another benzo called Klonopin (may be misspelt but close enough). One of the side effects is slurred speech. I really hate Klonopins, but it gets the job done. The tapering process takes about 2 weeks. However, your still going to have your anxiety disorder, depression and OCD. Counseling is helping me along with meetings and this forum. But you still have to go "cold turkey" at some point, but hopefully you will be pass the seizure stage. And it is not really cold turkey because you will have been weaned down slowly. Nonetheless, you may experience severe withdraws. I had over 120 seizures even though I was on Dilantin (anti-seizure medication) in the beginning.
So after a few days out of Detox I just stopped taking my Klonopins, Dilantin, Clonodine, and some other psychoactive drugs because they were not working. May case may be rare due to the amount and duration in which I was using and abusing. Man, it was the worst 6 weeks I ever had in my life, excluding the first Detox which was also a nightmare. This time, however, I was literally bedridden for over 30 days. But again, I was coming off so many different narcotics. And like I said I am still going through withdraws after almost five months. Hopefully, you will not experience my fate, but just be prepared. Like I said I can relate. But one thing I have learned, you got to take it one day at a time. Sometimes even one second at a time. "The flesh is weak, but the spirit is willing". You will be in my prayers. If you need to talk just write me and I will respond. Also look up my other replies in which I go into more depth about the details of "Dopesicknes". God Bless.
29 Jan 2010
I got addicted to Valium after having a car wreck in 1990 and i had a concussion and my brain bled for 6 months. They were the only thing that helped. But after that I began to abuse them, and also would take large amts., that would make me not be able to think or even speak very well, and I would fall down, and drive into ditches, and trip out and buy stupid things that were meaningless, that I just had to have while I was on that trip. They will take you far away and put you on a terrible trip, ... they will control your life... ruin your life..make you lose all your money... make you lose everything dear to you... they were a high as high as any high, and to me, it felt like I was shooting up a drug, and indeed i was, by taking such large amts. each day, that I would sleep and pass out for days after wards, and try to function and think normally while on them. Then I tried to get off, but then I could not sleep. And getting off them is very rough, because, they pull a hell region onto your mind, as any addiction... a demon... and when you get off, you are faced with that demon, and you feel tortured for many days... Your energy centers are ripped, and you have horror dreams and nightmares, that continue during the day, when your awake. you get totally skitzed out, for sure.
I have been tapering off them for a while now, only taking 5 mg. to sleep at night after taking 100 mg. a day to party. But there comes the time, when you have to face the piper, and it is easier to take it, by tapering off, then you just get off the damn things, with will power, because you are tired of looking in the mirror and not seeing yourself. As you get off them, you begin to look into the mirror each day, and you see a new person merging. Its the you, that you once were. Its LIFE coming back to you, for you thought you were dead, because thats how they make you feel after so many years. It feels like hundreds of years I have been on them, but its only been since the car wreck in 1990, so i guess that makes for 20 years.
I could not even remember my age a few days ago, as i was going cold turkey, but i noticed the sky looked bluer, and i started getting a natural appetite, and i was not so weak in the muscles and yeah, I'm still crying and emotional and not all the way back, but I can see I'm coming back... and I can see the damage that was done to my life and my body, from this abuse.
I'm not all the way there yet, because ive gotten off these things before and reused, but this time, my body was taken to the point of death, and i became like a frozen ice cube, and my body would literally not warm up anymore. I had to stop. I was sleeping 14 - 16 hours a day, and still i was tired and exausted, and all i could see in the mirror was this valium devil. It is not a nice devil, and it is not positive.
But as I was looking on the internet today, for the mind wants relief after a week off them, for help... i came across the web page... The Road Back, and after i read it, I knew I had found the help I needed in this book.
If you really want off, I suggest you find this web page, The Road Back, and read it, and get the book, because Valium are harder to get off than Heroin, because they are a mental addiction, not just a physical addiction, ... you need help, and i realized I need more help than just my well power as i read this outline of this book, on the web page today...
I got a really power ful feeling from the Book, and all it displayed, and i once owned a health food store, and i know these things mentioned to take to help the symptoms, work. Good Luck, nothing worth having is Easy, but when you see yourself coming back to life and see another you... Think another You... Feel another you... You need to go for it.
These pills are death, and I have lost so much from using them for so long and abusing them. Its not a fast process. Ive been clean for a week now, and still having pain, and then I read this web page, The Road Back, and it felt so right on, and I know there is a way out now, and the things I'm feeling are not because I need to take more Valuim... but because I need to get off them once and for all, and the symptoms Im still feeling are the withdrawal symptoms of Valiums. REad the web page, as I did... its very detailed, and the best Ive read yet. I have no doubt this book works, as I picked up the energy just reading it. Its the real deal without going to rehab.
take care and don't give up Hope,
3 Aug 2011
Hello, know wonder why your feeling shattered this wasnt your doing it was the hospital that was so wrong of them to do that to u.
I actually have the same problem pretty much, i take handfulls of valium & murulax everday sometimes i black out for 4days at a time & have no memory of what & where i was those 4days i missed. So i went up to Fairfield detox on Saturday for an assesment & now within a week or 2 ill be detoxing of these pills.
I suggest this to you if u really want to get your life back.
I hope everything go's well for you.
18 Jan 2008
Diazepam is something you don't want to quit cold turkey with, as you can get seizures, taper down slow and listen to your body. I would suggest cutting your pills in quarters, and just try and go for as long as you can before you need to take a piece. Keep a journal log of how much and when you take it, since you're taking 100- 150mgs per day, you can probably drop 10mgs per week, maybe more, try and reduce your titration 2mgs per day.
I don't think I'd advise you to switch to another antianxiety, some people and especially doctors would suggest and recommend antidepressants in conjunction or in lieu of Valium, especially Lexapro and other SSRI's, they all help with OCD, but personally I don't suggest you go there (I think Valium is safer, but not in the amount you take!). If I would recommend one in conjunction with Diazepam it would be Trazodone (Desyrel), it's excellent for sleep.
Do not take this as medical advise, surely I'm no doctor.
19 Jul 2013
Google Professor Ashton Manual. It is free to download. She is a Pharmacological doctor who has dedicated her whole life to benzodiazipine use and withdrawal. There is a website of just people who are trying to get off of these drugs. It is harder than any other drug on the market to detox from. I was taking 6 mg Klonopin for 26 years. Now over a year and a half I have gotten down to 30 mg Valium a day. It is through the support of BenzoBuddies that I have gotten that far. Very few doctors know how to detox BENZOS and have made some awful mistakes in my withdrawal. All the symptoms you are experiencing is my life too. The hospital detox route will not last. It is too fast. Find out what other people who have tried the same detox method went through on benzoBuddies.
30 Sep 2010
You can reduce the Valium dosage one by one by taking gradually herbal Sleeping pill. The Herbal sleeping pills are 100% natural, safe and no side effect even taking more pills. After complete stop of the chemical valium, you can continue for some days and then you can stop the herbal pills. After that you will be come to regular life. There will not be any addict of herbal pills, even stop the herbal sleeping pills.
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