Librium is a prescription drug belonging to the benzodiazepine family. It is a psychotropic drug with a very high habit-forming potential. Librium is primarily used to treat insomnia and anxiety, but can also be used to treat alcohol withdrawal symptoms. There are many types of generic Librium prescriptions available.
Librium can be easily abused once users start to increase their dosage in order to feel the desired effects of the drug. This is because it is very easy to build a tolerance to Librium, and once tolerance is reached, the dosage used will no longer provide the same feelings previously felt. Librium use can also bring about unpleasant side effects.
Some of the most common side effects of Librium use include:
- Feeling tired
- Blurry vision
- Irregular menstrual cycle
Signs of Librium Use
Some people assume that because Librium is a prescription drug, it can be safely taken and difficult to abuse. This is not correct, Librium has a high potential for abuse and it is a habit-forming drug so, short-term use is highly recommended. Librium is a benzodiazepine medication, which means it suppresses the central nervous system. The effects this causes are similar to the intoxication brought on by alcohol use as well as lengthy sedation. Common symptoms of Librium use and abuse include:
- Slurred speech
- Sleep disturbances
- Slowed heartbeat
- Impaired coordination
- Muscle spasms
- Mood swings
Depression can also be a side effect of Librium. However, anxiety disorders and depression unrelated to drug use are common bedmates or “co-occurrences.” This is why it’s so important to ensure a person has a correct and full diagnosis before being prescribed a drug. Seeing multiple doctors and getting multiple opinions is always a good idea before starting prescription medication.
In some cases very severe side effects can occur. Immediately seek medical attention if you notice:
- Trouble speaking
- Difficulty waking up
- Muscles twitching uncontrollably, especially in the face
- Sudden sleep disturbances
- Challenges urinating
The biggest indicator of Librium abuse is when a person does not take Librium as prescribed. They might hide or hoard pills, go “doctor shopping” to get multiple prescriptions, or they may buy Librium off the street.
Librium Withdrawal Symptoms
Like many drugs, Librium withdrawal symptoms can mimic Librium abuse symptoms. These withdrawal symptoms can also worsen if the addict is also using other drugs or medications. Librium can negatively interact with a number of drugs including
- Blood thinners
They are also known for interacting with some MAO inhibitors, many other narcotics, and a number of drugs that are used to treat psychiatric conditions. It’s critical that a person always be forthcoming with their doctor in regards to other medications they are taking.
Librium withdrawal symptoms can be severe if a person stops suddenly or “cold turkey.” It is always best to enter a detox facility where medical supervision is available around the clock. A medically-supervised detox and rehab program keeps the person safe and ensures the withdrawals are as comfortable as possible (although withdrawals by nature can be very painful). In some situations, medically-supervised detox programs can administer drugs to help ease the pain.
Signs and symptoms of Librium withdrawal include:
- High blood pressure
- Abdominal Cramps
Street Names for Librium
Since there are so many generic terms for Librium, the drug doesn’t have many specific street names for itself. Instead, there are more common street names for the family of benzodiazepine drugs. Street names have always been popular with drugs because they can help an addict hide their addiction.
Some of the most common street names for Librium include
- Totem Poles
- Chipp Pills
- French Fries
- Sleeping pills
You may also hear them referred to as Tranks or Z Bars. In some cases, street names are simply a shortening of the name—such as Benzos.
Treatment for Librium Addiction
Librium addiction and withdrawal can be severe and dangerous. Nobody knows for certain how their body will respond to detox and withdrawals. For moderate to severe addicts, abuse and withdrawals can be lethal. Only a medically-supervised detox and rehabilitation program offers the best and safest treatment plans.
With an addiction to Librium, the safest way to begin treatment is to check into an inpatient rehab facility. Inpatient facilities are equipped with medical staff and therapists that can provide care and support 24/7 to ensure the safety and wellbeing of the patient. The patient will begin a medical detox under the supervision of medical personnel and will gradually be weaned off of the Librium. Once detox is completed, the patient can begin individual and group therapy to begin to understand their addiction and learn to develop coping skills to resist succumbing to substance abuse.
If you or someone you love is addicted to Librium or any other drug, help is available. Connect with a medically-supervised treatment facility today.