There’s no question that Valium can be helpful for some people who have anxiety disorders. The sedating quality of the drug seems to have the unique ability to put the mind at ease, allowing feelings of nervousness and stress to abate or disappear altogether. However, Valium can also cause a boost in the production or uptake in chemicals associated with pleasure, and that can lead to addiction. Thankfully, those people who have diazepam addictions can lean on other types of therapy in order to gain control of their anxiety disorders.
Facing the Fear
Some anxiety disorders develop in response to a specific trigger. For example, some people might develop phobias regarding:
- Open spaces
Even thinking about these triggers can fill these people with a sense of incapacitating fear and loathing, and they might down tons of Valium pills to keep the sensations from overwhelming them.
Similarly, some people are incapacitated by their memories of traumatic events. When they’re reminded of the incident, they experience sheer panic that doesn’t seem controllable. These people might have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and they may lean on Valium in order to make their lives less difficult.
Both of these types of anxiety disorders can be successfully treated with exposure therapy. Here, the person is slowly reintroduced to the trigger and then given a series of steps that can be used to control the emotions that trigger brings about. In a study of the effectiveness of this kind of therapy in people who had PTSD, published in the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, researchers found that nine sessions were capable of delivering relief that lasted for 12 months or longer. Just becoming reacquainted with the trigger in a controlled situation could be intensely helpful.
Soothing the Mind
While exposure therapy can be helpful for some types of anxiety disorders, some people need to learn how to use the power of the mind to bring about a sense of relief and release. Meditation could be a valuable skill for these people to learn. When they begin to notice physical manifestations of anxiety, such as rapid breathing or sweaty palms, they can focus on a safe image or a soothing word while controlling their breathing and closing their eyes. With effort, the feeling of nervousness can fade and relaxation can take hold.
In a study of the effectiveness of meditation in people with anxiety disorders, published in The American Journal of Psychiatry, researchers found that a course in meditation could result in significant reductions in feelings of anxiety, as well as feelings of depression. People who emerge from this type of therapy may have a real tool they can use when they’re under pressure, allowing them to handle their feelings without leaning on drugs at all.
Find Out More
Reading about these other forms of anxiety therapy can be uplifting, especially for people who have been trapped by an addiction to Valium for months or even years. If you’d like to get started on a plan of your own, please call us at Black Bear Lodge. We use a variety of different therapies to help our patients to overcome their addictions and mental illnesses, and we’d like to tell you more about the help we can provide. Please call.