Librium Addiction Rehab Center
Librium addiction is a dependence on the benzodiazepine chlordiazepoxide. This drug is used to manage anxiety and alcohol withdrawal, but it is also susceptible to abuse because of the sense of euphoria it imparts. Misuse of Librium can lead to addiction, characterized by uncontrolled use of the drug, impaired functioning in one or more areas of life due to drug use, cravings, tolerance, and withdrawal. Addiction to Librium can be treated through detox, therapy, and support. Lifestyle changes and healthy habits are also important for successful recovery.
What Is Librium Addiction?
Librium is the brand name for a drug called chlordiazepoxide. It belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines that are used to treat acute anxiety and to manage alcohol withdrawal. Chlordiazepoxide was the first benzodiazepine to be synthesized. It went on the market and was made available as a prescription in 1960.
While Librium and other benzodiazepines can be useful in managing anxiety, they are also habit-forming. Librium addiction is the dependence that results in some people who misuse the drug by taking it without a prescription, taking it recreationally, or by taking greater or more frequent doses than what was prescribed. Addiction occurs when misuse is out of control, takes over other activities, and causes tolerance, cravings, and withdrawal.
Librium Addiction Facts and Statistics
Librium is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to treat anxiety disorders for short periods of time, manage symptoms of alcohol withdrawal, and relieve anxiety before surgery.
- Chlordiazepoxide is a schedule IV controlled substance because of its susceptibility to abuse.
- Librium and other benzodiazepines depress the central nervous system and can cause an overdose by slowing respiration until a person is no longer breathing.
- The risk of overdose when abusing Librium increases when it’s combined with other depressants, like alcohol and opioids.
- Nearly one-third of overdoses on opioid drugs also involve benzodiazepines.
Effective World-Class Treatment for Librium Addiction at Alta Mira
Addiction to Librium can be tenacious, but that doesn’t mean treatment is ineffective or unlikely to succeed.
You should never attempt to stop using Librium without some type of professional supervision. Your doctor can recommend a safe plan, but if you are already experiencing addiction you may need more specialized care. Your recovery journey at Alta Mira begins with safe, supervised detox.
Making Private Detox Safer
For most drugs of abuse, detox triggers uncomfortable, painful withdrawal symptoms. The risks of going through withdrawal include relapse in response to these symptoms. For Librium and other benzodiazepines, however, there are even more dangerous risks. Librium withdrawal causes anxiety, insomnia, high blood pressure, and increased heart rate. It may also trigger seizures.
To safely detox, you need 24-hour supervision with medical care. Not only will this protect you if more serious side effects arise, but the right care helps you go through this difficult process more comfortably. With symptoms under control, you’ll be ready to begin your personalized treatment plan.
Effective treatment for Librium addiction takes into account each individual’s unique needs, limitations, and strengths. At Alta Mira, you will go through a thorough evaluation to determine the foundation for a specialized treatment plan. There is no one-size-fits-all treatment here. Every resident benefits from therapies and other approaches that best meet their needs.
Luxury Librium addiction treatment at Alta Mira includes a variety of strategies. You’ll receive individual behavioral therapy, group therapy and support, and have the option to bring in your family for sessions. Experienced therapists will help you dig deeper to address all the issues in your life that have contributed to addiction: past traumas, relationship challenges, grief and loss, spirituality, and more.
The best treatment for addiction to Librium is ongoing. Relapse is a very real possibility, no matter how hard you work while a resident at Alta Mira. To minimize the risk of relapse and to ensure long-term wellness, we offer continuing care that doesn’t stop when you walk out the residence doors.
Our clinical team will coordinate your continuing treatment or therapy sessions and help develop a plan for your future. You can also participate in free support group meetings, regular check-ins, and quarterly renewals through our amazing alumni group. Consider substance use disorder to be a chronic illness, and it’s easier to understand how important these ongoing sessions are to long-term recovery.
Signs and Symptoms of Librium Addiction
The symptoms of Librium addiction are similar to those caused by addiction to any drug or alcohol, but there are also specific signs that a person may be misusing a benzodiazepine. These include shopping doctors for prescriptions, taking more Librium than prescribed, using someone else’s prescription for the drug, or showing signs of being intoxicated. Librium abuse may cause the following symptoms:
- Poor coordination and impaired reflexes, like someone who is drunk
- A feeling of great joy or euphoria
- Poor judgment
- Impaired memory
- Loss of appetite
- Mood swings
- Slowed breathing and heart rate
- A sense of being confused or disoriented
- Nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pains
Abuse does not always lead to dependence and addiction. There are 11 diagnostic criteria used to determine if someone has a substance use disorder. Experiencing even a few of these can indicate someone has a mild addiction to Librium:
- Losing control overuse of the drug and being unable to slow down or stop
- Taking more of the drug than intended
- Spending an inordinate amount of time getting or using Librium
- Craving the drug when not using
- Being unable to meet responsibilities because of drug use
- Using Librium even when it causes relationship problems
- Putting other activities aside to spend more time using Librium or recovering from using it
- Continuing to use it even in dangerous situations, like when driving or operating machinery
- Continuing to use the drug even when it causes health problems or makes them worse
- Developing a tolerance to Librium and taking more to get the same effect
- Feeling withdrawal when not using
Librium Addiction Causes and Risk Factors
Librium addiction is ultimately caused by misuse of this prescription drug. However, not everyone who abuses it will develop an addiction, and exactly why one person does and another does not is not fully understood. In general, the longer a person has been abusing Librium and the larger the amounts taken, the greater the risk of dependence. In some cases, a person who is using Librium as a valid prescription and as directed by a doctor may become dependent, but this is unusual. Chlordiazepoxide is not intended to be used for a long period of time because of this risk.
There are also some known risk factors for abusing drugs like Librium and for developing an addiction. These include having access to the drug. Women are more at risk, for instance, because they are prescribed Librium more often than men. Other risk factors are family history of substance use disorders, a personal history of substance abuse of any type, having experienced trauma or great stress, having a mental illness, or having an impulsive personality.
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How Our Luxury Librium Treatment Center Transforms Lives
During your stay at Alta Mira, you’ll have an individualized treatment plan tailored to your specific needs. This will include comprehensive services for any co-occurring conditions that might be complicating or supporting your Librium addiction.
Our Transformational Librium Addiction Treatment Program
Your first 30 days of treatment at Alta Mira is referred to as your Detox, Stabilization, Assessment period, which begins with private, medically supervised detox. During this time, our detox specialists will keep you safe and secure, monitored 24/7, as you rest in the privacy of your own room.
You can also expect:
- Weekly meetings with a psychiatrist
- Weekly meetings with a medical doctor
- Neuropsychological testing and advanced psychological testing
- Orientation to our recovery fundamentals and self-regulation skills development
- In-depth family engagement and the option for loved ones to attend multiple 4-day family programs
- Introduction to therapy groups
Following 30 days of stabilization, clients move on to the next phase of their recovery process at Alta Mira, which we call our Transformational Program. Key elements of our complete 90-day transformational Librium rehab program include:
- Three individual intensive psychotherapy sessions per week
- Weekly meetings with a medical doctor
- Participation in advanced workshops to support introspection, foundational change toward recovery, and relapse prevention
- Expanded neuropsychological assessment and continued weekly psychiatrist meetings inform tailored treatment adjustments and a refined individualized clinical approach
- Practice and integration of recovery principles and self-regulation skills and continued family work to support improved individual outcomes
- Intensive Workshops
The Courage to Change
Lasting change takes time. It can take six weeks to change a simple habit. Changing behavior following Librium addiction can be very challenging. Learning how to develop clean and sober behaviors, effectively deal with triggers and stressors, take medication as prescribed, and make healthy lifestyle changes to support long-term recovery can take time.
Better Librium Addiction Treatment Outcomes
Our 90-day program provides the structure, support, and time to learn a new way of living to give clients the best possible outcome. Studies show that individuals should participate in drug treatment for at least 90 days to see the best results. However, the best indicator of success is not the duration of the program, but the mutual cooperation between the recovering addict and the treatment center, as they plan for continuing care after finishing the program.
We understand that in order for treatment to be successful, we must listen closely and truly understand your needs, aspirations, personal history, and treatment goals. All members of our care team align closely with you so that you feel safe, respected, and ready to do your work. With this approach, Alta Mira co-creates a profound healing experience with you so you can achieve your recovery goals and reclaim your life.
Reclaim Your Life at Our Private Librium Addiction Treatment Center Today
We believe individuals are best able to focus on their recovery when immersed in a secure, serene, healing setting. That’s why we provide comfortable surroundings while maintaining the most advanced and sophisticated Librium rehab program in Northern California. Clients can expect compassionate care from our best-in-class Librium addiction specialists.
Seeking a helping hand to guide you through these difficult times is not an easy decision. Our caring and experienced team at Alta Mira can help guide you through the next steps toward achieving lasting recovery.
Don’t let Librium control your life. To begin your life-changing transformation, contact us today.
Librium Addiction FAQs
Librium overdose can be fatal, so it is important to know the signs and to seek emergency medical care if someone has overdosed or is suspected of having taken too much.
As a depressant, chlordiazepoxide slows down breathing, heart rate, and pulse. Overdose can cause them to slow way down, or even stop, resulting in loss of consciousness. Other signs of overdose include the inability to move the body, sedation, extreme drowsiness, and coma.
The experience of withdrawal symptoms is characteristic of any substance use disorder. The process of stopping the use of Librium and waiting out withdrawal is called detox. This is the first step in managing the addiction and entering recovery, but it can be very uncomfortable. Chlordiazepoxide withdrawal may cause:
- Increasing anxiety, even panic attacks
- Limb tremors
- Trouble concentrating and thinking
- Irritable mood
- Excessive sweating
- Nausea and vomiting
- Heart palpitations
- Weight loss
- Muscle aches
Librium has the potential to cause harmful and severe withdrawal symptoms, so detox should never be attempted alone and is best done with medical supervision. Withdrawal in severe cases of addiction to chlordiazepoxide can trigger psychosis or seizures that pose a risk of injury. Withdrawal from benzodiazepines can also trigger long-term mental health issues, including anxiety and depression.