Diazepam Infographic

Last Edited: February 22, 2020

Patricia Howard, LMFT, CADC

Clinically Reviewed
Edward Jamison, MS, CAP, ICADC, LADC

All of the information on this page has been reviewed and certified by an addiction professional.

Diazepam (Valium) is a benzodiazepine that is prescribed mainly to help treat anxiety disorders, as well as alcohol withdrawal symptoms and muscle spasms. As a CNS depressant, Valium slows down neurotransmitter activity in the brain. Like all benzodiazepines, it is highly addictive in nature due to the body’s ability to quickly form a tolerance to the substance and is meant to be used on a temporary, “as-needed” basis. Visit the Diazepam Page for more information.