Librium, also known as chlordiazepoxide, is the first benzodiazepine to be synthesized in the 1950s. Commonly prescribed as a short-term solution for anxiety disorders and alcohol withdrawal symptoms, Librium is also used to treat conditions such as insomnia, muscle tension and IBS. However, patients who flout their doctor’s instructions in the consumption of Librium can develop an addiction over time. Others deliberately seek out Librium for the calming and sedating effects it can produce.
What is Librium?
Librium is a white, crystalline substance that comes in multi-colored capsules which are swallowed orally by patients. Coming in strengths of 5mg, 10mg and 25mg, addicts can also mix the contents with water before snorting or injecting it. Affecting the brain and central nervous system through enhancing the effects of GABA, a neurotransmitter, Librium produces a calming effect on users which can keep them coming back for more.
What are the Side Effects of Librium Addiction?
Did you know that even patients who have been prescribed Librium by their doctors run a risk of developing Librium dependency? Patients who do not follow their doctor’s instructions and alter their dosages without medical advice can find themselves requiring more to achieve the same effects over time. Below are some of the side effects of Librium addiction:
- Mood swings
- Muscle spasms
- Problems with coordination
- Sleep problems
- Slowed heartbeat
As the presence of side effects can largely depend on the individual’s age and health condition, it is important to note that the above is not meant to be an exhaustive list.
Understanding Librium Overdose
Unfortunately, Librium is prone to overdosage due to its reputation for being weaker than other benzodiazepines. As a result, people tend to take more of it or in combination with other drugs or substances to achieve a stronger effect. Below are some of the warning signs of Librium overdose:
- Extreme fatigue
- Slow reflexes
- Losing consciousness or blacking out
- Hypotension (low blood pressure)
Approximately 80% of benzodiazepine abuse is also polydrug abuse – i.e., taken in conjunction with another drug or substance. The most commonly abused substances alongside Librium are alcohol, cocaine and opioids such as heroin. When polydrug abuse is involved, the chances of overdosing increase significantly.
How to Treat Librium Addiction
Although the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved any medication for treatment of benzodiazepine addictions, there are many other treatment options open to recovering addicts. Starting with a medically assisted detox and culminating in a comprehensive residential or outpatient treatment program, patients can be assured that the cause of their addiction will be targeted at the root. To this end, a wide range of therapies such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), group therapy and holistic therapy will be employed according to each patient’s individual needs.
Why work with Spark To Recovery?
At Spark To Recovery, our goal for every patient is not just to wean them off the substance, but to ensure they are able to live independent, fulfilling lives after treatment. To this end, we provide a safe and supportive environment where clients are under the constant care of our physicians, therapists, nurses and addiction treatment experts.
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