Diazepam is a benzodiazepine, a group of prescription medicines that have a sedative effect and are often used to treat anxiety, depression and insomnia. The body builds up a tolerance to Diazepam very quickly, which is one of the main reasons it is so addictive. Once a tolerance has built up, users require a higher dosage to achieve the same sedative effect.

Diazepam addiction can very quickly develop in people who are prescribed the drug by their doctor, so it is unusual to have a prescription for more than four weeks. Longer-term use of diazepam causes dependence as the person’s body relies on the chemical effects it has on the brain and its neurotransmitters.

Although it is possible to detox at home under careful medical supervision and even attend counselling and therapy as an outpatient, you are far more likely to beat your Diazepam addiction if you attend rehab. By entering rehab, you can access dedicated, specialised support around the clock. You will also be in a comfortable and safe environment free from the triggers and negative influences that can reinforce the addiction cycle. You’ll have the medical care and supervision that you need (particularly important during detox), as well as the expertise of therapists and counsellors who are specially trained to assist with addiction.

Diazepam addiction treatment requires careful medical supervision, particularly during the detox phase, which can produce debilitating withdrawal symptoms. By going to rehab, you can ensure you get the medical care you need, both for the addiction itself and any underlying or related medical conditions too.

Treatment will begin with a detox to eliminate all traces of the drug from your body. This will be carefully supervised by a doctor and should be done in small stages, gradually reducing the dose you are taking until you can take none at all. Following successful detox, you can then undergo a bespoke schedule of treatment, usually consisting of a range of therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy and group therapy, to allow you to work through the reasons behind your addiction and provide you with the tools to avoid it in the future. Following treatment in rehab, a tailored aftercare plan will allow you to continue to stay in control of your addiction and manage your health once you are back on track to a Diazepam-free life.

Inpatient rehab is based on you living at the rehab centre for the duration of your treatment, allowing for 24-hour support from staff and the opportunity to focus on your recovery without any distractions. While many treatment providers advocate for inpatient care as the most effective form of rehab, it is not suitable for all addicts as it may not be compatible with work/family commitments and may not be financially viable.

Outpatient rehab facilities will offer the same range of treatments and therapies as inpatient centres, but on a more flexible basis whereby you attend for set times/sessions. This can be helpful for those who have work/childcare commitments that cannot be avoided, or who may still be in a relatively early stage of addiction. It is also a cheaper option.