Does Valium get you high?

Yes. You can get high on Valium. However, Valium is addictive and has adverse effects which make recreational use dangerous. More on Valium and the high it causes here.

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Yes. Valium can get you high.

But Valium is very addictive, and a tolerance to the medication can develop over time when it’s not used as directed. Here, we examine Valium used for medical and recreational reasons, how the medication effects the brain, and the dangers of Valium abuse. And we invite your questions about Valium use at the end.

Valium chemistry and use

Valium contains a benzodiazepine drug, diazepam. Diazepam is used to treat the symptoms of anxiety, control muscle spasms and seizures. It’s also used to help alcoholics who are going through withdrawal symptoms. Diazepam works by decreasing brain activity. Most benzodiazepines stay in your system for a long time and can be detected in urine for up to a month after use.

Valium and euphoria

Valium is used recreationally because of its fast-acting effects. Valium also can produce a euphoric high and is often used in conjunction with other drugs. Valium might be used in conjunction with alcohol to accentuate the effects of both drugs, or to relieve the agitation and irritability that go along with a cocaine binge.

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Mixing Valium with other substances

Valium is not likely to cause death taken on its own. However, mixed with other depressants Valium can be very dangerous. Opioids and alcohol are two examples. Mixing Valium with depressant drugs increases the risk of overdose or serious adverse effects.

Valium and central nervous system effects

Valium depresses the central nervous system. This causes relaxation and the relief of tension and anxiety. Some of the adverse effects Valium has on the central nervous system include:

  • anterograde amnesia
  • delirium
  • hallucinations
  • lack of coordination
  • slowed reaction time
  • slurred speech

Can you get addicted to Valium?

Yes. You can get addicted to Valium.

In fact, Valium is very addictive. This is why it’s usually only prescribed for short-term use of four months or less. Valium creates a physical tolerance and dependence in its users. In other words, Valium becomes less effective over time. This means that people using Valium to get high will have to start taking larger and larger doses to get any effect. It’s also very hard to quit Valium because of the nasty withdrawal effects.

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Help for Valium abuse

The good news is that there’s help out there if you’re addicted to Valium. Benzodiazepine abuse is a widespread and common problem, and there are community resources available to help you kick the habit.

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Long term abstinence from Valium can be achieved, if you are willing to do what is necessary to get better. First, you’ll want to talk to a doctor about gradually weaning yourself off the medication – stopping abruptly can be unpleasant and occasionally dangerous, causing heart problems, increased blood pressure, or even seizures. Then, you need to address the psychological and emotional issues which compel Valium use.

Questions about Valium high

Do you have questions about the euphoric effect of Valium, Valium addiction or its treatment? Please leave us your questions here. We invite all real questions about Valium use and will do our best to respond to your questions in a personal and prompt reply.

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Reference Sources: NHTSA: Drugs and Human Performance Fact Sheets for Diazepam
Drug Enforcement Administration Office of Diversion Control: Benzodiazepines
PubMed Health: Diazepam
About the author
Lee Weber is a published author, medical writer, and woman in long-term recovery from addiction. Her latest book, The Definitive Guide to Addiction Interventions is set to reach university bookstores in early 2019.


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  1. I am trying to get off clonazapam taken for 22 yrs .dr.put me on valium 5 3 times per day to help me ge rid that drug clonazapam having such a hard time first thing in the morn I am craving a clonazapam ! I also take cetrolopram 20 mls ,are they hsveimg bad effect all of these.
    Are Cetrolpram Valium 5 and clonazapam taken through nite and day bad ,I wake up so anxious craving for cloonazapam as O have that for so long for an eyelid problem!please me to sort out these drugs and how do they Mix ,Thanks

  2. People, do not take any benzodiazepines to get high. This includes Valium, Xanax, Ativan, Lorazepam, etc. They are extremely easy to get addicted to (for many, even more so than opioids). Like alcohol withdrawal, Benzodiazepine withdrawal can be FATAL. Even when it’s not, it can take months to a year to get clean (whereas even an opioid addict on 10 80 mg OxyContins a day can get clean within a week, albeit a very unpleasant week). Benzodiazepine withdrawal can cause extreme thoughts and even stronger desires to commit suicide, severe depression, seizures, etc.The high isn’t even worth that kind of baggage. Ever. If you need to get high just smoke some cannabis. Hell, it’ll probably help you with medical issues you aren’t even sure you have, and will definitely help deprogram you from all of society’s BS that’s been pumped into your head since childhood. It’s impossible to OD from, and will be legal federally within less than a decade. Some people have negative reactions to certain cultivars, so make sure not to smoke or vaporize something that’ll freak you out. Besides, it’s the illegal nature of cannabis that causes most people to freak out anyway, as it throws open the minds doors and causes you to either get lost in a paranoid loop or to be more creative, depending on your abilities of mental control. It’s much safer than alcohol, especially for your body. They’ve even found that certain components of cannabis kill cancer cells before they can multiply out of control. Perhaps that’s why no connection has yet been found between smoking cannabis and lung cancer. But avoid any benzodiazepines to get high, and only take opioids that are prescribed to you, and not for more than a month or two at a time, or you will become dependent on them. Your body is your temple. Treat it as such, and you will live longer and healthier. If you’re still insisting on getting high on drugs that can cause addiction, drop some acid and go down to an open air drug market at night. I assure you that will put you off the notion for good.

  3. I am 63 years old I been persribed Valium since 19 yrs of age. When I tried to stop I had siezure and bad anxiety. And no sleep or eat. My muscles would jump and I would pick on things that bother me.after days of no sleep all I could was cry . I also had opioid addicting. Benzodiazepine have help I only take one five milagram a day when needed.

  4. Hi can you please tell me if diazepam taken at 20mg will help for bad chronic pain? As they took me to one hospital and told me to bring all my medication and when they returned me to the other hospital in another town they didn’t give me back my 20mg oxycodone and they say they can’t find it and the doctor here on call told me to take 20mgs of diazepam 4 times a day until I pick my prescription up in 6 days. And I’m worried about that?

  5. I am taking my wife for an MRI this afternoon. She is a bit anxious so her doctor prescribed two valiums (5 mg ea). What should I expect or keep an eye out for?

  6. Hi. I was prescribed a valium and a percoset for a small procedure where my surgeon is pulling a stent out of my kidney through my penis while i’m awake. He said that if i take that before then i wont feel it when he does it and that it wont bother me. Will it be that strong? He said i’ll be out of it and not even know whats going on but i feel like he was saying that just to make me feel better. Will it still hurt?

  7. Hi Lydia, The RLS has increased over the years so it is far beyond homeopathy etc, even the approved medications for rls no longer work. as well, they even augment , extending to arm movements. Euphoria is ok at 3 or 4 am but not earlier in the day. I avoid all the usual suspect foods, caffeine etc, an are looking for anything that is effective to suggest when I meet a specialist again. RLS blogs are often full of desperate people blogging for that reason,

  8. Having a low tolerance for anything, I have even passed out just having pre-meds for an operation, Have had a small dose Valium for RLS, and muscle cramps, (nothing else works as well) . I have a strong rush to the head each time I have it, and have to plan this carefully so I don’t appear drunk. So yes it can cause a high with some people. Is there a does that dose not give this effect? I have been told to take it regularly so that effect wears off, but I have to resort to last thing before sleep so I am not drowsy during the day. Restless legs and muscle cramps mean I am moving about soon after I try to sit still in the evening,

    1. Hi, Disaster Area. Have you talked with your doctor about this? I suggest you consult with a pharmacist also, and ask about home remedies and plant-based medication. They might help you. Good luck!

  9. Can valium make you forget your actions while your high? My boyfriend’s mom takes valium that she gets from a connection and she seems to not recall her actions when she is on it. She then puts the blame on others for her actions. Is there a way she can get caught for this?

    1. Hi A. Valium (diazepam) is one of the prescription medications that may cause memory loss. Is she taking them according to a prescription?

  10. Valium is a blessing for those of us that really need the drug . Valium helps relax me and slows down my GAD, my stress, and helps me cope with my life and abuse from my past. Abuse of this drug is not something one should do .

  11. I’ve been on Valium for eleven years. I also take Seroquel. The Seroquel just knocks me out, and makes me crave sugar! My Valium dosage has been 10mgs per day for the entire eleven years. My Pdoc won’t raise my dosage. He has me maxed out on Seroquel: 800mgs. I like to be awake and functioning. My question is: what can I do or say to make my Pdoc raise my dosage? I have several dozen saved up. So some nights I’ll take about 20mgs. It doesn’t do nothing but make me tired. I just wish I could forget my problems, at least a while. I don’t drink or use illegal drugs. Heroin, comes to mind. Just so I can forget for a while. I may need to travel to the city and find some. I’ve never stuck myself, ever. I did some weed back in the day. I just feel ? Disgusted. I guess would be the word.

  12. As for the other guy. Dont snort it. Its a waste. Snorting any benzo is a huge waste. Just swallow them. I dont care about ruining your nose, im just saying its a huge waste. Valium usually kicks in like 5 minutes when you eat it. And snorting it wont give you any rush of any kind like a stimulent would.

  13. Hi Sheehan. Snorting Valium speeds up the effect of diazepam on the central nervous system, but is NOT recommended. Snorting Valium leads to chemical dependence and drug addiction.

  14. What does insuflating valium achieve I have a friend who has been doing this, is it a waste? Or does it still work?

  15. Hi Mica. We don’t recommend using prescription drugs to get high on Addiction Blog. We write these topics hoping that people who are getting high might start to question what it is they are running away from OR not coping with.

    Don’t get me wrong – I used to get high all the time. But I will never forget when a friend asked me straight to my face at a party – Why do you need to get high to have fun? It might help if you consider this question, too.

  16. how much valium should i take to get high? i have a pretty high tolerance for other drugs and i just wanna try valium for the first time on the night of a wedding. i wanna be able to feel relaxed but people wont be able to tell i’m high

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