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Risks of Mixing Valium and Alcohol

Mixing alcohol with any drugs can be risky and dangerous. Both alcohol and Valium cause relaxation and reduce stress. Many people combine the two so they can magnify impact. With this double dose, there is a real danger of overdose. Alcohol does not mix with drugs and getting treatment is the only real way to find support for quitting without great risk to a person’s health. Find out what the risks are of mixing drugs and how to get support.


The drug Valium is the brand name for prescription drug diazepam. This is a benzo or central nervous system depressant. This medication will slow down brain activity. It can manage anxiety symptoms but it is also highly addictive. Withdrawal from this substance can be difficult, along with withdrawal symptoms that come from alcohol use, it may be quite difficult to do without help from addiction treatment professionals. Misuse of Valium can produce drowsiness, muscle weakness, headaches, slurred speech, and tremors. It is not possible to know how much it will cause an overdose, but it is possible to take too much over time and build tolerance, thereby not knowing how much the body is taking in and suffer consequences. 

Mixing Valium with Alcohol

Valium is prescribed for people who struggle with alcohol use disorder. When taking the drug at the same time as drinking, there is an actual warning label to notice that comes with this:

  • Breathing difficulty
  • Sedation
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Lightheadedness

There is even the possibility a person can stop breathing when combining these two drugs. There is a greater risk of death than overdose. Even with small doses, there are risks because of the impairment to the brain from not receiving enough oxygen. 

Treatment Options

Even when struggling with substance abuse, there is no good solution to seeking treatment. A residential facility can provide more options for care and an individualized approach. Outpatient care programs cannot provide everything that a person needs so there is inpatient, as well. Residential care provides higher levels of care in a facility that deals with complex, dual diagnosis, and polysubstance abuse. A good program will be designed around the addictions present, mental health issues, and other things that need to be addressed. Most of the care will focus on providing medication, behavioral therapy, family therapy, and education around relapse prevention for healing. With the right treatment and the will to get clean, it is possible to make some good steps forward in quitting the use of these drugs before it is too late. Relapse is always possible, but so is healing. The key is to stay positive and focused on recovery, one step at a time. 

The Guest House is based on a Therapeutic Communty model. We help people learn how to live free of addiction. Our community support provides structure while trained counselors offer life skills training and therapeutic techniques to help you move past addiction. Our program provides a special focus for professionals including chiropractors, nurses, doctors, lawyers, and more who need help with addiction recovery. Call us to find out more: 855-483-7800.