Librium Addiction and Abuse

Librium is a prescription Benzodiazepine that’s often abused for its calming effects. An addiction to Librium can develop quickly, especially when the drug is abused for an extended period of time.

Librium Addiction

Like other benzodiazepines, Librium is a habit-forming, psychotropic drug. Users who are prescribed Librium for a legitimate medical purpose (to treat insomnia or anxiety) can still develop a dependence on the drug.

Some people start abusing Librium by ramping up their dosage to better feel the drug’s effects. Others start using Librium to get high or to enhance the effects of other drugs. Those with underlying mental conditions are also at a greater risk of becoming addicted to Librium.

When a Librium addiction is forming, a user may exhibit the following behavioral signs:

  • Doctor shopping to get more Librium prescriptions
  • Misusing the drug by taking higher dosages than recommended
  • Lying to family members about Librium use
  • Resorting to illegal methods to obtain the drug, such as forging prescriptions
  • Making Librium use the focus of their day
  • Neglecting normal responsibilities or relationships
  • Wanting to quit taking Librium, but being unable to do so
  • Struggling financially due to cost of getting Librium

Physical signs of a Librium addiction include:

  • Confusion
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • A need for higher doses to feel the effects of Librium (tolerance)
  • Sweating, rapid heart rate, tremors when trying to stop the drug (withdrawal)

After a dependence has developed, abruptly ending use of Librium will cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. Even taking the prescribed dosage of Librium for just six to eight weeks can result in withdrawal. The withdrawal process can be very uncomfortable and is best managed by a medical professional.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to Librium, get help now.

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Understanding Librium (Chlordiazepoxide)

Librium is the brand name of Chlordiazepoxide. It was the first benzodiazepine to be synthesized, hitting the market in the 1950s. Librium is a schedule IV regulated drug as classified by the Controlled Substances Act.

Librium is a white, crystalline substance that comes in multi-colored capsules. The drug comes in 5 mg, 10 mg, and 25 mg strengths. It is typically swallowed in capsule form. The contents of the capsule can also be snorted or mixed with water and injected.

The half-life of Librium is 10 to 30 hours, making it a moderate to long acting benzodiazepine. It can take several hours to feel the full effects of Librium.

How Long Do Benzos Stay in the Body?
Brands Halcion Xanax Librium
Length of Action Short-acting Intermediate Long-acting
Time 2-4 hours 12-15 hours 10-30 hours

Street names for Librium include:

  • Downers
  • Tranqs
  • Bennies
  • Benzos
  • L
  • Blue bombs
  • Blues
  • Ruffies
  • Normies
  • Nerve pills

Librium Effects and Abuse

Librium causes the user to feel very relaxed, which is the primary reason people abuse the drug. Those who suffer from anxiety disorders or insomnia often abuse Librium for its calming effects.

If taken in large doses, Librium can produce a “high” similar to alcohol intoxication.

Combining Librium with other drugs is dangerous, as it increases the risk of overdose. Symptoms of Librium overdose include:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Slowed reflexes
  • Confusion
  • Low blood pressure
  • Coma

Overdosing on Librium can be fatal. If you are worried that an overdose is occurring in others or yourself, seek medical attention immediately.

Signs of Librium (Chlordiazepoxide) Abuse

Librium is a benzodiazepine with a high potential for abuse. Because the drug is habit-forming, it’s typically only recommended for short-term use.

Many people who abuse Librium do not realize they’re at risk for developing an addiction.

Common symptoms of Librium abuse include:

  • Confusion
  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Constipation
  • Sleep disturbances
  • Mood swings
  • Slowed heartbeat
  • Decreased libido
  • Impaired coordination
  • Muscle spasms

If you suspect a loved one is abusing Librium, please call us now for help.

The Dangers of Librium

Chronic misuse of Librium can have dangerous health consequences. Negative side effects of abusing Librium include:

  • Decreased blood pressure
  • Decreased heart rate
  • Anxiety
  • Blackouts
  • Jaundice
  • Mood swings
  • Shallow breath
  • Liver dysfunction
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Recognizing a Librium Addiction

Librium abuse differs from Librium addiction in various ways. Behavioral and physiological signs of Librium addiction include:

  • Obsessive thoughts and behaviors related to Librium
  • Loss of interest in activities which were once enjoyable and important to the user
  • Inability to quit using Librium, despite knowledge of the drug’s harmful effects
  • Increased tolerance to the drug, resulting in higher and more frequent dosing
  • Presence of withdrawal symptoms when attempting to quit Librium

Symptoms of Withdrawal

Librium withdrawal can be extremely uncomfortable. Symptoms are typically moderate, but can be severe in some cases.

Common Librium withdrawal symptoms include:

  • Anxiety
  • Increased heart rate
  • Elevated blood pressure
  • Sensory hypersensitivity
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Loss of appetite
  • Sweating
  • Hallucinations
  • Irritability
  • Agitation
  • Depression
  • Drug cravings
  • Seizures
  • Psychosis
  • Tremors
  • Insomnia
  • Delirium Tremens
  • Memory loss

Some users report experiencing Delirium Tremens during withdrawal from benzodiazepines. This condition is characterized by a rapid shift in mental state that leaves the user confused and disoriented. Tremors, extreme anxiety, decreased attention span and hallucinations are common symptoms of Delirium Tremens.

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Duration of Withdrawal

Several factors will impact the user’s withdrawal process, including how long they used Librium, how often and how high their dose. Because of the long half-life of Librium, the onset of major withdrawal symptoms may be delayed several days to weeks. Elimination of the drug from the body takes longer in elderly users, extending the withdrawal timeline.

Symptoms generally last a couple weeks to months. Psychological symptoms may be present for several months—sometimes years—after cessation of drug use.

Librium Withdrawal Timeline

Week 1 For some people, withdrawal can begin within 24 hours of the last dose. It can take over a week for others to start feeling the effects of withdrawal. The first signs may be the user beginning to feel anxious, start sweating and noticing an increase in their heart rate. They may also feel agitated and lose their appetite.
Weeks 2-3 Withdrawal symptoms usually peak during this time. Depression and insomnia typically set in and some users report psychosis and seizures.
Weeks 4-6 Symptoms will fade over the next several weeks, becoming more and more manageable as time goes on.
Weeks 7+ Some users may continue to feel psychological symptoms, like depression, anxiety or cravings, for months after quitting Librium. Users may also experience protracted withdrawal, with symptoms such as anxiety suddenly appearing after a period of time without any symptoms. With prolonged abstinence, protracted withdrawal symptoms will eventually subside.

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You can overcome an addiction to Librium. Many people have reached sobriety successfully with the help of inpatient and outpatient treatment programs.

Take the first step in beating your Librium addiction today. Please call us now for help finding treatment.