Valium, Ativan and Other Benzodiazepine Drugs Are Harder to Kick than Heroin

Dr Vernon Coleman MB ChB DSc FRSA

Drugs such as Valium and Ativan (members of the benzodiazepine group of tranquillisers and sedatives) are, in the view of drug addiction experts, more addictive than illegal drugs such as heroin. Benzodiazepine drugs are the most addictive drugs known to mankind.

It is, in my view, outrageous that governments everywhere spend a fortune on helping drug addicts ‘kick’ products such as heroin (which are relatively easy to give up) but spend virtually nothing helping patients who have become addicted to benzodiazepine drugs.

Benzodiazepine drugs are the most addictive products in the world.

If your doctor got you addicted to them (by overprescribing them) and you want to give up your benzodiazepine drugs then you must always do so slowly and under qualified medical supervision.

Get medical help before you start (from another doctor if your own physician will not help) and never try to go ‘cold turkey’.

In my experience, people who have (through no fault of their own) become addicted to drugs in this group receive little or no sympathy from the medical and nursing professions, little help from mental health charities, no help from drug addiction centres and no help whatsoever from statutory groups which are well endowed with taxpayers’ cash but which will only treat individuals who have acquired their addiction voluntarily and illegally.

I hope it is some small comfort to benzodiazepine addicts to know that they are definitely not alone for benzodiazepine addiction is still by far the biggest drug addiction problem in the world.

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