Librium is a benzodiazepine drug that is prescribed for acute anxiety and alcohol withdrawal, and like many other benzos, it can be quite addictive. Benzodiazepines, or tranquilizers, are drugs that are used for the treatment of anxiety, panic disorders, and sometimes sleeping disorders.
They have a similar impact as alcohol since they depress the nervous system. As such, some individuals abuse them due to the calming effect they have on the body.
There are major and minor tranquilizers. The difference between the two is their different calming effects. Major tranquilizers are psychotics because they are used in the treatment of mental disorders such as schizophrenia.
Such tranquilizers include drugs like Haldol, Thorazine, Mellaril, and Navane. Minor tranquilizers are benzodiazepines, and they include Valium, Ativan, Xanax, and Librium. They tend to be more addictive and are often abused more often than the major tranquilizers.
Librium has a calming effect on an individual’s body, and when that relaxed feeling has subsided, the person will have tend to want more.
As more Librium is taken, a person’s tolerance to it is increased, and consequently, they will crave and need more.
When that person stops taking Librium or goes an extended time without a dose, they may experience withdrawal symptoms like:
Some heavy users of Librium have reported Delirium Tremens as a withdrawal symptom, which can leave a person feeling extremely anxious, confused, restless, and suffer from hallucinations.
Not everyone experiences every withdrawal symptom when coming off Librium and the intensity of symptoms can vary depending on various factors. Librium comes in two forms: short and long-acting versions. For people who become dependent on short-acting Librium, withdrawal symptoms may surface within one day of the last dose. For those using the long-acting version, withdrawal symptoms may not present until a few days to perhaps a week after the last dose.
For the most part, Librium withdrawal symptoms last for about two weeks, with lingering cravings lasting a month or more for heavier users. However, symptoms will vary depending on factors such as:
Each person stopping the use of Librium may experience a slightly different withdrawal timeline based on the factors mentioned above. Keep in mind that detoxing from Librium is necessary to become free from Librium addiction, but the pace at one detoxes isn’t necessarily a race. The important thing to remember is that through detoxing, one is taking the necessary steps toward freedom.
Typically, the first three days will present the most intense withdrawal symptoms, as the body works hard to get the toxins out of the body and get back to equilibrium. Common symptoms during the first few days are fatigue, headaches, nausea, dizziness, irritability, insomnia, and in severe cases paranoia or psychosis.
Each day after the third day, Librium withdrawal symptoms should decrease in intensity, and some may subside. There may still be some cravings and fatigue, but each day one should start feeling a bit better.
The second week without Librium most of the physical withdrawal symptoms should have stopped, but some psychological ones may linger. Common complaints during the second week include trouble sleeping and mood swings.
By the end of one month, the body should be completely rid of Librium, and one is likely to be symptom-free. However, some people may struggle with lingering cravings for months or even years, as they’d become quite psychologically dependent upon the drug. Thus, ongoing substance abuse support is recommended long-term.
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Due to the nature of any benzodiazepine, quitting Librium cold turkey can be quite dangerous. A taper method monitored by substance abuse professionals is the recommended way to get off Librium.
This way, the body detoxes from the drug gradually, reducing the intensity of withdrawal symptoms and allowing the brain to get back to homeostasis gradually.
Stopping Librium cold turkey can result in severe withdrawal symptoms and can be life-threatening.
In fact, stopping abruptly can cause seizures and/or delirium tremens.
Detox is simply the first step toward freedom from Librium addiction. There, one will undergo detox treatment for usually around three to 10 days. The next step is choosing a drug rehabilitation program that is right for them. One option is to attend a residential drug treatment center, whereby one resides at the facility for around 28 days. They will be monitored 24/7 by substance abuse professionals and given comprehensive care. Should the person want or need longer treatment, this can be arranged.
Another option is to attend an outpatient treatment center locally, where one will attend a certain number of sessions per week at the facility to receive addiction recovery care. Usually, it is recommended to attend between three to five sessions per week, and as the person becomes stronger in their recovery, the number of sessions will be decreased.
Whether inpatient or outpatient treatment is chosen, the person will receive comprehensive care that gets results, including:
Addiction can be tough to overcome alone, but the good news is that you don’t have try to manage it alone. We are here to assist you in getting on the road to recovery and getting free from Librium, or any other addiction. Should you be struggling with Librium addiction, please reach out for help so that you do not have to be stuck in such bondage anymore.
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