Diazepam is a prescription medication used to treat anxiety, seizures, muscle spasms, epilepsy, and alcohol withdrawal. Some people mix alcohol and diazepam in an effort to intensify the relaxing effects of alcohol or control the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal without understanding the effects of mixing diazepam and alcohol.
Interactions Between Alcohol And Diazepam
Detoxing is one of the biggest fears of many people suffering from alcoholism. In fact, this fear is what leads many people to mix diazepam with alcohol. They often hope that by taking diazepam while drinking alcohol they will avoid alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Unfortunately, this couldn’t be further from the truth. The effects of mixing diazepam and alcohol intensify the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
Diazepam and alcohol are both central nervous system depressants. Therefore, the effects of mixing diazepam and alcohol can be unpleasant and life threatening. In addition to experiencing nausea, your breathing can become suppressed to a point that leads to death. If you or a loved one is addicted to diazepam and alcohol, it’s important that you get help now.
Dangers of Mixing Alcohol with Other Benzodiazepines
Treatment For Alcoholism and Diazepam Abusers
If you or a loved one needs treatment for addiction to diazepam and alcohol it is important that you know that a variety of effective treatment options are available. Treatment starts with detoxing. Detoxing from diazepam and alcohol under the care of a physician can be a pleasant experience. Medications are available to mitigate the symptoms typically experienced during withdrawal from alcohol and diazepam. If at any point during your detox you are uncomfortable, let your treatment provider know immediately. Your treatment team will ensure you are as comfortable as possible during the detox process.
After detox the real work begins. Many recovering alcoholics and addicts find this time to be overwhelming. They start thinking about what it means to be clean and sober every day for the rest of their lives. Take your sobriety one day at a time. If that becomes too overwhelming, take your sobriety one hour at a time.
The type of treatment for addiction to diazepam and alcohol as well as the level of care you receive will vary based upon what you and your treatment team believe will best set you up for success. After detox, most people start treatment in a residential facility. Residential treatment allows you to focus entirely on your recovery and sobriety while being surrounded by a caring, supportive community around the clock.
Following residential care, many people in treatment for addiction to diazepam and alcohol will continue their treatment with intensive outpatient care (IOP). In intensive outpatient care you will be in treatment a few hours per day, several days per week. Both group therapy and individual therapy are typically included at this level of care. Whether or not you step down to this level of care will be based upon what you and your treatment team feel is best.
After IOP, many people in treatment for addiction to diazepam and alcohol will continue their recovery in traditional outpatient therapy. This typically consists of seeing a therapist on an individual basis once or twice per week.
If you are addicted to diazepam and alcohol, you may find the prospect of recovery overwhelming. You may not know how to pursue obtaining treatment. These feelings are normal, but don’t let them stop you from getting the help you need to live the life you deserve. Call our free national referral service anytime, day or night. A caring person will pick up the phone and help you take the first step towards recovery. This hotline is also useful for loved ones of people suffering from addiction.
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