Librium Addiction Treatment

Librium is the brand name for chlordiazepoxide. It falls under a prescription medication class called benzodiazepines (or benzos).

Due to its function as a central nervous system (CNS) depressant, this sedative is commonly used to treat anxiety disorders and withdrawal symptoms from various drugs, including alcohol.

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What is Librium?

Although Librium is considered one of the safer benzos, it falls in the same category as diazepam (Valium) and alprazolam (Xanax), two commonly abused drugs with alarming addiction rates.

Librium typically comes as a capsule. The dosage amount is generally between 5 and 25 mg, and it’s taken three to four times a day, depending on the severity of your condition. For minor anxiety before a stressful event, the recommended dosage is 5-10 mg. For severe acute anxiety, the recommended dose is 20-25 mg up to four times a day.

However, doctors often prescribe anywhere from 50 to 100 mg when treating alcohol withdrawal symptoms. Due to the severity of alcohol withdrawal, a doctor will usually start at high doses, before slowly lowering the prescribed amount.

Abusing Librium

When used in the short term, Librium excels at reducing anxiety levels and alcohol withdrawal symptoms. However, like other benzos, the continued use of Librium can easily generate a tolerance, which leads to dependency. Luckily, there are various ways to detect both the short-term and long-term effects of Librium abuse.

Side Effects

Short-term Effects

As with most benzo abuse, Librium addiction starts with seemingly harmless, small doses. At first, the side effects will be rare, if present at all. But as the user starts developing a tolerance, they’ll start abusing it, and the frequency and severity of the side effects are more likely to increase.

The common side effects of short-term abuse include:

  • Constipation
  • Fainting
  • Skin rashes
  • Drowsiness
  • Headaches

Librium is unique, in that the side effects of short-term abuse are almost identical to alcohol intoxication. In other words, it may be time to seek treatment if you know a Librium user whose behavior resembles drunkenness.

Long-term Effects

The chronic use of benzos ultimately leads to tolerance, which consequently causes addiction and dependency. Long-term abuse tends to affect the behavioral tendencies of the victim, whereas short-term abuse is more likely to affect the physical appearance and functionality of the victim.

Common long-term abuse side effects include:

  • Impaired memory
  • Poor decision-making skills
  • Depression/Suicidal thoughts
  • Lack of emotion

Quite obviously, the long-term effects of Librium addiction and abuse are very different than the short-term effects, and they may be difficult to detect. Therefore, it’s important to pay close attention to the physical aspects of a user before their Librium addiction becomes chronic.

How Dangerous is Librium?

When it comes to addiction, Librium is one of the most dangerous benzos.

Here are the specific reasons:

  1. It has a medium-to-long half-life. (It takes about 30-60 hours to get out of your system, but chlordiazepoxide also contains a benzo metabolite that has a half-life of up to 400 hours.) Therefore, most people suffering from Librium addiction constantly have it in their bloodstreams, so they quickly develop a tolerance to it.
  2. Because of the presence of metabolite, the speed of a Librium user’s metabolism greatly alters the effects of the drug. Therefore, the elderly are at a much greater risk of overdose.
  3. Because it’s used to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms, Librium is commonly abused by users who are addicted to alcohol.

What’s Involved in Librium Addiction Treatment?

When treating Librium addiction in a recovery center environment, it’s important to take the proper steps and precautions. Medical professionals will continually monitor your health 24/7 throughout your stay.

You could be in the detox for three to seven days, depending on the severity of your addiction and other medical problems that may be present. During your stay, you’ll become prepared for the level of care you’ll complete after detox.

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When treating Lithium addiction, detoxification is the first step, and it’s also the most important and most difficult. Librium detoxification works by abruptly ceasing use of the drug and administering substitutes and cross-acting drugs, most frequently diazepam.

Inpatient and Residential Treatment

After about five to seven days in the detoxification process, users will be ready to move on to either an inpatient or residential treatment program. Inpatient treatment is more suited to shorter-term recovery (approximately 45 days), whereas residential treatment is more tailored towards longer-term recovery (approximately 60-90 days).

Like outpatient, residential treatment is a program that eases the transition from detox to full recovery, but it utilizes different methods. Residents explore their psychological dependence on drugs or alcohol, and they’re not constantly monitored by staff.

Start Your Journey to Recovery Today

Is your loved one struggling with Libirum abuse or addiction? Are you? If so, it’s important for you to treat it with the seriousness it requires and get help before it’s too late.

For a free and confidential consultation with a specialist at California Highlands, call 855-935-0303 or contact us online now. These professionals are available around the clock to help you navigate your treatment options, verify your insurance, and answer any questions you might have.