Librium is frequently prescribed to people that deal with anxiety or insomnia. It can be an effective tool to help with these disorders, but there is a darker side to Librium. It can be habit-forming.
Why are people who misuse Librium at a high risk for substance use disorders? How can you tell if you or someone you know has developed an addiction to Librium? Where can you find help?
Improper Usage Leads to Librium Addiction
Librium is a benzodiazepine, or benzo, a class of sedatives that have some effective medical uses to help people cope with anxiety, beat extreme insomnia or even treat withdrawal symptoms from an alcohol use disorder. It is a controlled substance that has a host of medical applications and is widely used in a variety of settings. It should be noted that the use of this powerful drug should always be under the supervision of a physician because the drug carries a high probability of addiction.
Librium works on the central nervous system to calm the brain. Some of the short-term effects of taking Librium include:
- A sense of calm and well being
- Relaxation and relief from anxiety
Benzos like Librium work fast. That makes them a good choice for treating patients when other drugs can take weeks to build up in a person’s system to get the full effect. However, Librium’s value as a fast-acting relaxant also makes it an attractive drug for misuse. Librium addiction can occur before you are even aware of the risk.
Like any drug, there are also side effects associated with the use of Librium. They can include:
- Slurred speech
- Dizziness and coordination issues
- Slowed breathing and low blood pressure
- Gastrointestinal upset
- Muscle weakness
- Uncontrolled eye movement
- Depression and confusion
Librium can also sometimes act in a way opposite of its intended effect. For example, it could make you aggressive instead of sleepy.
Librium should only be prescribed for short-term use. Librium addiction may occur more easily when your body becomes dependent on the medication. If you stop taking it, side effects occur. You may feel that you need more of the drug to achieve the same effects over time. Signs of Librium addiction include cravings for the drug that cause you to take it even when you want to stop. Losing control over the ability to withdraw from the medication without help is a sign that Librium use has escalated to addiction. Withdrawal can include a host of uncomfortable symptoms, including nausea, vomiting and tremors.
The good news is that there are addiction treatment options waiting to help you if you discover that you have developed an addiction to Librium. If you are using Librium in a way not intended by your prescribing doctor, please reach out for help. Contact The Recovery Village Ridgefield to learn more about admissions to our residential treatment facility today.