Is Librium Addictive?

Is Librium Addictive?

Librium is the brand name for the sedative chlordiazepoxide. It’s usually prescribed to patients with anxiety disorders, alcohol withdrawal symptoms, and tremors or seizures. It may be used alone or with other medications depending on the severity and nature of the individual’s symptoms. While it’s generally safe when used as prescribed, there’s also the question of whether Librium is addictive and how it may be misused. If you or someone you know is taking this medication, keep reading to stay informed.  

How Does Librium Work? 

Librium is part of a class of drugs called benzodiazepines, which are also referred to as tranquilizers. These drugs are designed to reduce nerve activity in the central nervous system (CNS) to alleviate certain symptoms.  

Librium works in the brain by activating the production and release of GABA, which is an amino acid that functions as an inhibitory neurotransmitter. It functions to reduce neuronal excitability by inhibiting nerve transmission or communication.  

This means that nerve activity associated with anxiety and symptoms like fear, increased heart rate, and rapid breathing is reduced. Due to its mechanism of action, chlordiazepoxide is also effective in treating alcohol withdrawal symptoms, including confusion, reduced appetite, and seizures.  

However, as effective as it is, users must also keep in mind common Librium side effects, such as:  

  • Drowsiness 
  • Tiredness 
  • Dizziness 
  • Nausea and/or vomiting 
  • Constipation 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Swelling and rash 
  • Blurred vision 
  • Irregular menstrual cycles  
  • Headache 

Is Chlordiazepoxide Addictive? 

Like other benzodiazepines, Librium is addictive. Librium is a controlled substance, meaning it has the potential for abuse and addiction. 

The drug works similarly to alcohol, particularly because of how it affects GABA in the brain. The longer a person uses the drug – prescription or not- the more likely they are to develop a physical dependence.  

Physical dependence is usually the precursor to addiction. This state refers to a physical need for a drug to feel normal or good. When people who are physically dependent on Librium suddenly stop using the drug, they might experience withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, hallucinations, nausea, depression, seizures, drug cravings, and more.  

Due to the discomfort of these symptoms, users may continue to engage in Librium abuse to avoid them. Over time, this repeated drug-using behavior can lead to an addiction or drug use disorder.  

Librium addiction is a chronic and progressive disease that may cause an individual to prioritize their drug use over their jobs, social life, and loved ones. This disease can also lead to various long-term health problems, including memory problems, mental illness, and suicidal ideation. For this reason, it’s important to only take prescription drugs like Librium with a prescription from a doctor.  

Signs of Librium Addiction 

The main reason some people abuse Librium is to get high. A Librium high may be characterized by symptoms like euphoria, sedation, and emotional numbness, which is why many people with mental health disorders like anxiety might abuse it.  

However, as we mentioned, long-term Librium abuse can lead to addiction and affect all areas of a person’s life. If you suspect that someone you care about is addicted to Librium, look out for these signs:  

  • Going from one doctor to another to get more Librium prescriptions (doctor shopping) 
  • Taking higher doses than directed 
  • Lying to family members about Librium use 
  • Illegally obtaining Librium (i.e., forging prescriptions, buying online without a prescription) 
  • Making Librium use their priority 
  • Neglecting normal responsibilities or relationships 
  • Wanting to quit taking Librium but being unable to do so 
  • Struggling financially due to the cost of Librium 
  • Confusion 
  • Restlessness 
  • Irritability 
  • A need for higher doses of Librium to feel the same effects (increased tolerance) 
  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms like sweating, rapid heart rate, and tremors when not taking Librium 

Quitting Librium without professional help isn’t just difficult, but it’s dangerous, too. When people abuse Librium for long periods, their neural pathways become accustomed to the drug, and the chemical structure in the brain adjusts to this constant influx of Librium. This then leads to physical dependence.  

After a dependence has developed, abruptly quitting Librium – or quitting cold turkey – can lead to several withdrawal symptoms, some of which include potentially fatal effects like seizures. For this reason, our California detox center recommends users looking to quit Librium undergo medical detox at a safe, clean, and comfortable facility like ours.  

Librium Addiction Treatment  

Our Banyan Palm Springs rehab offers various types of substance-specific treatment, including a benzo rehab program that focuses on treating addictions to drugs like Librium. If you or someone you care about has displayed signs of benzo abuse or addiction to any other substance, our facility is here to help.  

Call Banyan Treatment Centers Palm Springs today at 888-280-4763 for more information about our California addiction treatment and how to get started.  


Related Reading:  

Benzodiazepine Withdrawal Psychosis: Symptoms & Timeline 

Benzo Overdose: What to Do When it Happens 

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