Librium is the trade name given to the substance chlordiazepoxide, a benzodiazepine drug that is widely used to treat anxiety disorders and alcohol withdrawal syndrome. Librium is a sedative-hypnotic medication that also has amnestic, anticonvulsant, and muscle relaxant properties. Problematic psychoactive substances are often divided into three separate categories: central nervous system (CNS) depressants, CNS stimulants, and hallucinogens. All sedative medications are CNS depressants, with some benzodiazepines, including Librium, also referred to as tranquilizers. Librium was discovered purely by chance in the mid-1950s and was the first benzodiazepine drug ever synthesized. Chlordiazepoxide is associated with a physical-somatic withdrawal syndrome, which often requires medical detox and rehabilitation programs to break the bonds of addiction. There are a variety of effective programs fro Librium addiction treatment at Restore Drug Rehab LA.
If you or someone you love is abusing Librium, call our addiction specialists are Restore Treatment Center today.
Librium is classified as a Schedule IV by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), as well as a controlled drug under the international Convention on Psychotropic Substances. It is available in a range of formulations around the world, both as a single-ingredient medication and a medication conjoined with other substances. Librium is either administrated orally or via intramuscular injection. It is only legally available in the United States with a valid prescription from a licensed doctor. The drug has a medium to long half-life, making it ideal for short-term treatment of anxiety disorders and alcohol withdrawal syndrome. When taken together with Amitriptyline, also known as Limbitrol, Librium can be used for the treatment of new daily persistent headache disorder (NDPH).
Librium is effective when used for the treatment of sleep and anxiety disorders, as it promotes relaxing and sedative sensations. However, there are a number of undesirable side effects associated with Librium that are often experienced by users, some of which include:
- Mental confusion
- Dry mouth
- Lack of coordination
- Delayed or slowed movements
- Rapid, uncontrolled eye movements
- Changes in appetite
- Upset stomach
- Skin rash
- Liver problems
Librium and other drugs within this category can cause benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, a serious medical condition that must not go without professional detox treatment. At Restore Drug Treatment Center, we offer a Librium detox program for those looking to taking the first step on the journey to recovery.
Extensive exposure to Librium can lead to tolerance and physical dependence over time. Some people who take Librium for medical conditions can become dependent on the drug after months or years of psychiatric use, whereas others can develop a dependency after extensive recreational abuse. While Librium and other benzodiazepines are largely thought to be safe for short-term use, long-term use is controversial due to the propensity for addiction. According to recent reviews by the Committee on Review of Medicines, Institute of Medicine, and National Institute on Drug Abuse in the United States, Librium and other benzodiazepines are ineffective for the long-term treatment of both insomnia and anxiety conditions.
In order to determine the presence of an addiction, a person must meet at least 6 of the criteria listed in the DSM-5. If someone you love is taking Librium and showing signs of benzodiazepine abuse, it is possible they have developed a Librium dependence. Common signs of Librium addiction include:
- Taking larger amounts than prescribed.
- Taking the drug more frequently than prescribed.
- Taking Librium for longer than intended (should only be prescribed for short-term use, long-term use can lead to dependence).
- Unable to cut down or stop using.
- Obtaining and taking Librium becomes a priority, taking precedence over everything else in life.
- Failure to uphold to personal obligations and responsibilities at school, work, or at home.
- Taking Librium and engaging in risky behavior or performing dangerous tasks, such as driving while under the influence of Librium.
- Experiencing strong cravings to use.
- Suffers symptoms of withdrawal when they miss a dose or attempt to stop taking Librium.
People who take Librium for an extended time period may also develop symptoms such as:
- Restless muscle movements
- Physical dependence
- Psychological dependence
These are major signs that you or your loved one is in need of Librium addiction treatment. Restore Drug Rehab Center offers several valuable programs to people those suffering to finally overcome Librium dependence. With time, determination, effort, and patience our clinical professionals can help you lead a sober life for the long-term
Librium addiction treatment often begins with medical detox and is then followed by comprehensive and therapeutic rehabilitation programs. Librium detox is used to treat benzodiazepine withdrawal syndrome, which includes a gradual dose reduction of the drug, often known as tapering. The process of tapering helps to better avoid the dangers of an abrupt withdrawal. Patients who successfully complete detox are then highly encouraged to transition to in-depth addiction treatment, such as those found in inpatient or residential rehab, or outpatient treatment.
At Restore Drug Treatment LA we offer a full continuum of care, which includes detox, residential rehab, intensive and regular outpatient treatment, as well as aftercare programs. Counseling programs and rehabilitative techniques are incorporated into these treatment settings, however, patients traditionally have more to gain from taking part in a residential rehab program. While seeking residential treatment for Librium abuse at Restore Drug Rehab Center, you can expect the following programs to be a part of your recovery plan:
- Relapse prevention programs.
- Motivational interviewing
- Cognitive behavioral therapy
- Dual Diagnosis Treatment
- Counseling (individual, group, and family therapy)
- Holistic Treatments
- Aftercare support (alumni program)
Many clients choose to use outpatient treatment as a step-down program. Those who participate in outpatient following the completion of residential rehab, do so because they believe they are not ready for independent living or need additional healing before they can leave treatment. Other clients, however, use outpatient treatment as their initial level of care.
Outpatient treatment is not the best fit for everyone but is a beneficial option for people with unique circumstances, such as those who are dependent on less severe drugs, who have a mild addiction, or who need treatment but are unable take time away from responsibilities at work, home, or school. The outpatient treatment program at Restore allows clients to keep up with responsibilities outside of rehab and then return to us at night for counseling and other therapy sessions. Patients of our outpatient programs also continue living at home during the course of treatment. However, although this treatment option may be appealing to many people seeking recovery from addiction, not everyone will benefit from this form of care.
Many people struggling with substance abuse problems or addiction will need to undergo treatment in a residential setting in order for recovery to be possible. If you are abusing Librium or have become dependent on the substance, our licensed professionals and certified treatment programs at Restore Drug Rehab can help you turn your life around.
For a new life, free from the use of drugs and alcohol, call our admissions counselors at Restore Treatment Center today! Ask our addiction specialists for more information about our Librium addiction treatment programs and begin your recovery journey today.