Librium Abuse, Symptoms, Signs & Withdrawal
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Similar to other benzodiazepines, Librium is a habit-forming and psychotropic drug.
Librium is used to treat insomnia or anxiety.
Despite this, it is still possible to develop dependence.
You may start abusing Librium by taking more of your prescription because you are developing a tolerance.
Other reasons for starting to abuse Librium are getting high or making other drugs feel more potent.
Additionally, if you have an underlying condition, you will be at a greater risk of becoming addicted to Librium.
Understanding Librium Abuse
Librium is a benzodiazepine and it has an extremely high potential for abuse.
Because the drug is habit-forming, doctors state that you should typically only use Librium for short periods.
Even if you are prescribed Librium, you are still at risk for developing an addiction.
Common symptoms of Librium abuse include:
- sleep disturbances
- mood swings
- slowed heartbeat
- decreased libido
- impaired coordination
- muscle spasms
Learn More About Librium Symptoms and Signs
Tolerance: There are many reasons why you might begin abusing this drug. The first is because you develop a tolerance. This means that you will no longer feel the drug’s full effects even if taking the same dose that you did before. To continue to feel the effects, you may increase your dosage without telling your doctor.
Enhancing Other Drugs: Other reasons for abusing Librium might be to get high and boost other drugs you are taking. This might include opioids or alcohol. It is dangerous to do this because abusing Librium suppresses the central nervous system.
Personal Life: Librium abuse is often seen in all aspects of your life. Whether this is neglecting obligations at school, work, or home. You may begin to show up late or even absent. At home, you may neglect household responsibilities.
Risky Behavior: If you abuse Librium, you might also engage in risky behavior like driving under the influence, stealing, or faking prescriptions to obtain Librium.
Legal Problems: Legal problems are common when abusing any substance. It might include being arrested for driving under the influence or for prescription fraud. Especially if you never had a history of legal trouble, this might be an obvious sign of abuse.
Continuing to Use Despite Negative Impact: If you continue to use this substance even though it negatively affects your life and relationships, this is a clear addiction sign.
The Dangers of Librium
Librium slows down your central nervous system, which can lead to dire health consequences with prolonged use. Not only can abuse of Librium cause impaired cognitive and physical function, but it can also cause a dramatic decrease in blood pressure and heart rate.
When using this drug at high doses, this drug can depress lung function to the point of failure, which can be fatal. There have also been reports of seizures at high doses.
Negative symptoms of Librium abuse include:
- mood swings
- shallow breath
- liver dysfunction
Librium abuse patterns typically manifest in behavioral, physical, and psychological ways. Addiction is characterized by physical dependence that results from increased tolerance. Behavioral and physiological signs of Librium addiction include:
- obsessive thoughts and behaviors related to Librium
- loss of interest in activities that you once loved
- inability to quit using Librium, even though it has caused adverse effects
- increased tolerance to the drug, which results in higher doses
- presence of withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop using Librium
Mental Illness and Librium
If you have a mental illness simultaneously as a Librium addiction, you have a dual diagnosis. Having a mental illness is a risk for Librium addiction because it is often prescribed, or used to self-medicate, mental illness.
Librium vs. Xanax
- both are Schedule IV controlled substances
- both are benzodiazepines
- work similarly in the brain
- both have deadly interactions with other substances like opioids, alcohol, and barbiturates.
- both have a potential for addiction and abuse.
- Xanax works quickly, which is why it is chosen for alcohol detox
- Librium has a long half-life, which means that it will leave your body between 24 to 48 hours.
- Xanax has a short half-life of 11 hours, meaning it will only take a few days to get Xanax out of your body
- Xanax is prescribed for anxiety, while Librium is prescribed for insomnia
When quitting Librium, you should never do so “cold turkey”. Especially for those with a long history of drug abuse. Instead, it would be best if you detoxed under the care of a physician. Abruptly quitting could cause severe withdrawal symptoms, making it difficult to stay sober.
Librium withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to:
- muscle spasms
- panic attacks
- problems with concentration and memory
- auditory, tactile, or visual hallucinations
- grand mal seizures
Medical detox is essential for a safe withdrawal. Your medical detox may last anywhere from 5-7 days, depending on how long you have been addicted and the amount you use. After detox, you will need to go to an outpatient or inpatient treatment program. These are incredibly effective in getting healthy.
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