Mixing two different types of drugs can cause serious interactions, making doing so extremely dangerous. Unfortunately, many addicts and alcoholics still combine chemical substances, either because they want to increase the high or because they don’t know about the serious risks involved. Two drugs that are commonly mixed are Suboxone and Valium, both potent prescription medications that are known for being habit-forming.
Take a look at each individual medication, and then at the grave risks involved in combining the two. If you or someone close to you has been abusing Suboxone, Valium or both drugs simultaneously, it’s important that help is sought immediately. At Recreate Life Counseling we have extensive experience working with drug addiction of all kinds – please give us a call today to get help overcoming your Suboxone or Valium addiction.
More About Suboxone
Suboxone, also known as buprenorphine, is a prescription medication that is commonly used to treat pain or withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate addiction. Suboxone has an extremely high rate of abuse and addiction, especially amongst heroin addicts who no longer have access to their drug of choice, but have unlimited access to this drug. When prescribed by an addiction treatment specialist and used properly and in moderation, Suboxone can be extremely beneficial for those in early recovery from opiate abuse and addiction.
It works to block opioid receptors within the brain, reducing cravings and lessening pain associated with symptoms of withdrawal. However, it can be abused in large quantities in order to produce a high similar to that of heroin (but far less intense). Those who are addicted to Suboxone may exhibit signs and symptoms like drug-seeking behavior, lack of motivation, and inability to stay focused or inexplicable fatigue and changes to routine.
More About Valium
Valium is a potent and highly habit-forming prescription medication, most commonly prescribed to treat seizures, muscle spasms, anxiety disorders, and panic disorders. Valium is the brand name of the generic drug diazepam. Sometimes Valium is used to help alleviate symptoms of delirium tremens, which is associated with severe alcohol withdrawal. Those who are addicted to or abusing Valium will likely experience a host of physical and psychological symptoms, including insomnia, anxiety, depression, nausea, vomiting, profuse sweating, and extreme fatigue. There are several behavioral warning signs as well, like doctor shopping, lack of motivation and a decrease in social activity (avoidance of family members and friends).
The Dangers of Mixing Suboxone and Valium
It’s never a good idea to mix any two chemical substances or to take any drug other than as prescribed by a medical professional. Combining Suboxone with any other medication can lead to central nervous system depression, which can slow the breathing down so much that oxygen can no longer get to the brain. Those who mix these two drugs put themselves at extremely high risk of overdose-related death. Not all cases of drug combination are intentional – if you’re taking Suboxone as a method of medication-assisted treatment, be sure to let your prescribing physician know before any other medications are even considered.
Our Program of Drug Addiction Recovery
At Recreate Life Counseling, our program of drug addiction recovery works to tackle all existing addictions and underlying conditions. We work to treat Suboxone and Valium addiction simultaneously, offering a comprehensive and therapeutically intensive curriculum of care. If you are struggling with drug addiction or alcoholism, the most important thing is that you seek help immediately. Seeking help may seem intimidating or overwhelming, but all you really need to do is pick up the phone and make the initial call. We are standing by to help in every way we can.