Librium Withdrawal

Similar to Valium, Librium (generic name chlordiazepoxide) is a prescription drug known as a benzodiazepine that is sometimes prescribed to treat anxiety disorders and alcohol withdrawal. This hypnotic sedative acts on the central nervous system (CNS) to create feelings of calm and relaxation.

Benzodiazepines (or benzos), including Librium, have become more widely prescribed in recent years, and also a more common cause of overdose, particularly in combination with opioids. 

In fact, more than 10 percent of American households have a prescription for Librium. If the drug is abused, Librium withdrawal symptoms can be strong and unpleasant, and even dangerous. Learn more below about how to get professional treatment for Librium addiction.

What Are the Librium Withdrawal Symptoms?

Like other benzodiazepines such as Valium, withdrawing from Librium can be extremely uncomfortable and difficult.

Librium withdrawal symptoms may include:

  • Dysphoria
  • Insomnia
  • Convulsions
  • Tremor
  • Abdominal and muscle cramps
  • Vomiting
  • Sweating

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What Are the Stages of the Librium Withdrawal Timeline?

Just like the withdrawal process for other benzos, Librium withdrawal symptoms fall roughly into three groups or stages. Some symptoms continue throughout the withdrawal process. These ongoing symptoms are:

  • Anxiety
  • Reduced appetite
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle spasms
  • Tremor

The next stage of Librium withdrawal symptoms will usually start within the first 10 days of last using the drug. These symptoms may include:

  • Cognitive disturbances
  • Hallucinations
  • High blood pressure
  • Irregular heartbeat

The third or last group of symptoms develop within the third and fourth weeks of Librium withdrawal. These symptoms include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Feeling “pins and needles”
  • Light and sound sensitivity

Why Should I Detox?

Once you’ve decided you’re ready to quit using Librium, you may think it’s a good idea just to go “cold turkey.” However, quitting cold turkey can actually be very uncomfortable and even dangerous. It can also be hard to stick it out alone because the withdrawal symptoms are so difficult. Because of this, it’s best to find a reputable addiction treatment program and go through a monitored medical detox program. This way you will be in a safe environment under clinical management. A professional detox program helps to set you up for a successful recovery.

Librium Withdrawal

What Is the Next Treatment Step?

There are different kinds and varying levels of intensity of addiction treatment available. Ultimately, the path that is most likely to prepare you for success is to follow a full continuum of treatment. This means that you begin your treatment in a medical detox program and then go through progressively less intense stages as you work your way to becoming an alum of the program. Stages of full continuum care include:

DETOX

When you enter the first stage of treatment known as detox, your first goal is medical stabilization. You will receive a complete medical assessment when you arrive at the treatment center. This assessment will determine your level of addiction plus any additional medical needs you may have. It will include a medical exam as well as urine or blood tests to screen for drugs.

In addition to this initial assessment, your doctor may also require additional testing. These other tests may include more blood tests, including a CBC (complete blood count), chest X-ray, ECG (electrocardiogram), and testing for other diseases.

Once your doctor has reviewed all of your test results, he or she will create your detox plan.

Next, you will officially start the detox process under the clinical care of your medical team. This team will include doctors, nurses, and support staff. Other drugs may be administered to you as part of your medical treatment. These drugs are used to help manage the physical symptoms of Librium withdrawal.

A lot of people also experience anxiety, depression, and other emotional and psychological challenges when they go through detox. Because of this, emotional support is also a key component of addiction therapy.

PARTIAL HOSPITALIZATION

Depending on your level of addiction and any other co-occurring medical or psychological conditions you may have, your doctor may recommend that you continue with inpatient treatment after you have completed detox. Most likely you will move on to the next stage, which is to continue treatment in a partial hospitalization program (PHP).

During the PHP stage, you’ll live at a transitional living facility while participating in a supportive and structured treatment program. These treatment sessions are scheduled five days a week for six hours each day. The program includes a combination of individual, group, and family therapy programs to address your emotional and mental health needs.

At this stage, your goal will be to learn positive life skills. You will work on learning coping mechanisms and techniques to help you prevent relapse. Learning these skills will help you be better prepared for long-term recovery as you begin returning to your life outside the treatment center.  

INTENSIVE OUTPATIENT

The full continuum of treatment helps you slowly transition back to your life outside the rehab facility while you build the skills and resources you need to cope and avoid relapsing. Once you have completed the PHP stage, you will begin the intensive outpatient program (IOP) stage.

The IOP stage is sometimes used as a stand-alone addiction treatment option. But it is a vital part of the full continuum of treatment.

At this stage, the program will be more flexible, and your therapy sessions won’t be scheduled as often. The intensive therapy sessions will still be part of the program. If needed, you will continue with medication management. During IOP treatment, you will continue to be accountable for your recovery. Plus, it will also include periodic weekly drug testing. The main focus is to help you to continue building life skills and prevent relapse.

ALUMNI

You will have the opportunity to attend weekly support groups and social events with other treatment center alumni after you have completed the treatment program. These opportunities to meet other graduates of the treatment program can help you develop new friendships with others who understand what it means to be in recovery. Your new support network can be a key resource as you grow and continue adjusting to life after completing the treatment program.  

Start Your Journey to Recovery Today

If you’re ready to get treatment for an addiction to Librium, contact our admissions specialists at Pathway to Hope today for free and confidential help. They can provide the understanding and guidance you need as you start your recovery. They will explain the process and answer any questions you may have.

After you have the opportunity to speak with a specialist, you will feel confident that you know what to expect from our evidence-based services. If you are wondering if treatment costs will be fully covered, our specialists can contact your private health insurance for you.

Call us at (844) 557-8575. Let us help you get started on your journey to recovery today.

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