What is Librium?
Librium is a synthesized medication that is the original chlordiazepoxide HCI and prototype for the benzodiazepine compounds. It is commonly used in the treatment of anxiety disorders, insomnia, agitation, seizures, muscle spasms, and alcohol withdrawal. Librium is have also been found effective when used as a premedication for medical or dental procedures. Clinical evidence shows that Librium is one of the safer, effective psychopharmacologic compounds available today.
How Librium Works
Librium works by enhancing the effect of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA). As a results the patients experiences sedative, hypnotic (sleep-inducing), anxiolytic (anti-anxiety), anticonvulsant, muscle relaxant and amnesic effect.
The effects of Librium makes it a highly addictive drug, holding a high risk of abuse amongst both patients and those using the drug for recreational purposes. Dependence and tolerance to Librium can also develop rapidly. The patient will experience benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome in as little as 3 weeks after its first use. Most require medical treatment to stop the use of Librium safely and comfortably.
Librium Medical Drug Use
Librium is used for the treatment of anxiety disorders, insomnia, agitation, seizures, muscle spasms, alcohol withdrawal, as well as an premedication for medical or dental procedures. It increases the effect of the neurotransmitter gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA), relaxing the patient, inducing sleep, relieving anxiety, with anticonvulsant and amnesic effects. Even under a Doctors supervision patients receiving Librium as a form of treatment are at great risk of abuse, tolerance, dependency and withdrawal syndrome.
Recreational Use of Librium
Just as with other benozdiazepine medications, Librium is abused by people for recreational purposes. The effects of Librium can create feelings of euphoria and well being in the user. Librium abuse can quickly result in the individual developing a tolerance, requiring larger doses of the drug to acheive the desired effect. Within as little as 3 weeks the user can be physically and psychologically dependent on the medication, experiencing symptoms of withdrawal when trying to stop its use.
Signs of Librium Abuse
- Intentional misuse of the medication
- Forging prescriptions
- Visiting several Doctors and Pharmacies for prescriptions
- Loss of interest in usual activities
- Thoughts and actions consumed by Librium use
- Trouble in personal relationships
- Difficulties at work or school
- Financial distress
- Legal trouble
Symptoms of Librium Withdrawal
Librium withdrawal often occurs within 24 hours of the last use of the medication. These symptoms will reach a peak at approximately 3 days and subside around 1 week. Each patients withdrawal from Librium is different and may include some of the following symptoms:
- Personality changes
- Sensitivity to sound or light
- Numbness or tingling
- Panic attacks
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- A rapid heartbeat (tachycardia)
- Heart palpitations
- Memory loss
- Restlessness or irritability
Librium Addiction Treatment
Librium addiction overwhelms the individual. They feel trapped by its use and can not stop without feeling symptoms of withdrawal that are uncomfortable and even painful. Their thoughts and actions are consumed by Librium use.
Medical professionals advise both patients receiving medical treatment with Librium and those abusing the drug to seek help from an addiction treatment facility to ween from the medication in a safe and therapeutic environment.
The first step in treatment for a person addiction to Librium is Detoxification. There they will be weened off the medication and cleansed of the chemicals and toxins associated with with use. Any medical conditions Librium was treating will be addressed and another medication will be prescribed.
Cognitive therapy is important in the treatment of Librium addiction. Most patients hold a severe psychological addiction to the drug that requires extensive psychotherapy. Cognitive therapy will allow the patient to recognize the severity of their addiction and the behaviors, routines and dysfunctional behaviors associated with it. They will be able to correct this and make healthy, sober choices.