Librium Detox Center in Port St. Lucie, FL
Librium is a powerful benzodiazepine drug (benzo) that’s often prescribed to treat anxiety, irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), muscle tension, and insomnia among other issues. Librium directly affects the central nervous system by triggering the release of gamma-Aminobutyric acid (GABA). This potent, “feel good” chemical has a near-instant relaxing effect on both the mind and body. Shortly after being taken, Librium produces intense feelings of euphoria. However, much like all other benzodiazepines, Librium is recognized as being habit-forming. As such, it is not intended for the long-term management of any physical or mental health issue. Taking Librium for longer than just four weeks can lead to physical dependency, intensive cravings, and addiction. When full-blown Librium addiction is reached, it is no longer safe to stop taking this drug without medical supervision and support.
If you’ve been using Librium for an extended period of time, or if you’ve been taking more of this drug than your doctor has prescribed, we can help. At Agape Treatment Center, our Librium detox program is streamlined to suit the needs of the individual. With our whole health approach, this means that you can get targeted therapies that alleviate your withdrawal symptoms and the issue for which your Librium was initially prescribed. In both detox and our inpatient rehab, we strive to address addiction at its source. This creates a stable foundation for long-term success in addiction recovery. It also helps our patients establish comfortable, sustainable, and ultimately healthy lives. Receiving treatment at our Librium detox center in Port St. Lucie, FL will make your detox both safer and easier. In many instances, our commitment to leveraging evidence-based interventions early-on can even make Librium detox significantly shorter.
What Is Librium?
Librium is the brand name for chlordiazepoxide. This potent sedative is an effective and fast-acting treatment for severe anxiety, muscle spasms, seizures, and more. Although it often takes four or more weeks of continuous use for people to become addicted to Librium, physical and psychological dependency can occur much sooner. Given just how quickly this drug produces the calming effect that anxiety, insomnia, and IBS sufferers seek, it is not uncommon for people to reach for additional Librium whenever they feel excitable or otherwise uncomfortable.
It also takes just several days of continuous use for a person’s Librium tolerance to rising. As people become increasingly tolerant of this drug, they often take more than their doctors have recommended. Over time, this can lead to compulsive drug-seeking behaviors, constant Librium cravings, and other signs of serious addiction. Long-term Librium use causes critical changes in the brain and within the brain’s chemistry. Artificially inciting surges of the “feel good” chemical known as GABA quickly wear this neurotransmitter out. When Librium is abused for weeks or even months, this neurotransmitter can begin to misfire, or it may not be produced and released at acceptable levels at all.
When Librium is suddenly stopped, these and other neurological changes cause uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms to present. Moreover, if these symptoms are not monitored and mitigated in a timely fashion, they can cause potentially permanent physical damage and may result in death.
Librium Addiction and Abuse
Librium addiction is often the result of dramatically increased tolerance. When a person’s tolerance levels become significantly higher, more of this drug is needed to produce the same effects. In some instances, higher doses are often necessary just for patients to feel “normal”. When addiction is reached, taking too little Librium can be both physically and psychologically uncomfortable.
Common signs of Librium abuse include:
When people are addicted to Librium, they are no longer able to control how much of this drug they use, and they cannot stop taking it outright without experiencing uncontrollable cravings and painful withdrawal symptoms.
Negative Effects of Librium Abuse
The sedative effects of GABA extend beyond making people feel calm and relaxed. GABA is also a respiratory suppressant. Thus, taking too much of any substance that incites the release of GABA can result in slowed and labored breathing. This becomes especially dangerous whenever drugs like Librium are paired with alcohol. When benzodiazepine drugs and alcohol are used together, the risks of a fatal overdose are greatly elevated.
Given its considerable impact on the brain’s chemistry and on overall brain functioning, long-term Librium use can cause a number of distressing side effects including:
For many people, long-term Librium use can also cause depression, emotional blunting or feelings of numbness, and suicidal thoughts. When Librium is taken at high doses or for extended periods of time, it can even exacerbate the very conditions and symptoms that it was initially prescribed to treat.
Librium Withdrawal Signs and Symptoms
The initial signs of Librium withdrawal include:
- Muscle pain
- Panic attacks
- Sudden confusion
As withdrawal progresses, these symptoms can additionally include:
- Auditory and visual hallucinations
Mitigating the initial symptoms of Librium withdrawal early on can prevent more severe and potentially dangerous withdrawal symptoms from manifesting.
Librium Withdrawal Timeline
The half-life of Librium ranges between five and 30 hours. Librium detox can be different for everyone. Factors like:
- Length of addiction
- Typical Librium dose
- General health
all play roles in determining how long a person’s Librium withdrawal symptoms will last. For most people, the initial symptoms of withdrawal begin within 12 to 24 hours of last use. These symptoms will likely peak after seven days and may begin to abate within two weeks. However, it is not uncommon for certain benzodiazepine withdrawal symptoms to last for one month or longer.
When Do You Need Detox for Librium Addiction?
It is never safe to detox from Librium or any other benzodiazepine drug alone. If you have been using Librium for several weeks, you should consult with your physician about implementing a weaning program or enroll in a medically supervised detox facility like ours. When people attempt to go “cold turkey” when quitting Librium, they risk early relapse, serious physical harm, and death.
Librium Detox at Agape Treatment Center
Librium detox at Agape Treatment Center always starts with a thorough medical and mental health examination. We use our findings from these assessments to structure needs-specific and multi-pronged treatment plans. Your Librium detox plan will likely include withdrawal medication for easing your brain and body off of Librium, a weaning program, and nutritional, hydration, and sleep support. We also offer dual diagnosis treatment for addressing co-occurring disorders like:
What to Expect During Detox
Medical and therapeutic support during Librium detox starts from the moment our patients arrive. After your intake exams have been completed, you’ll be taken on a quick tour of our Port St. Lucie facility and then shown to your room. Once you’re settled in, you’ll get regular visits from onsite medical and mental health staff. We’ll diligently monitor your vital signs and emotional well-being, and we’ll make sure that you have ample options for physical pain relief. While you detox, we’ll help you stay hydrated, make sure that you’re getting adequate nutrition, and encourage you to prioritize your own self-care. Throughout your stay on our campus, you’ll have access to multiple options in behavioral therapy, a diverse range of recreational activities at your disposal, and access to goal-setting, skill-building, and life-planning exercises.
Why Choose Agape for Librium Detox?
At Agape Treatment Center, we take a whole health approach to treating Librium addiction. Our Librium detox program is streamlined to suit the needs of the individual. This allows every one of our patients to complete this first and most important step in the recovery process in an entirely safe and comfortable way.
Our options in behavioral therapy help people better understand addiction and its underlying causes. We place a strong emphasis on self-care, and encourage our clients to both values themselves and prioritize their own needs. By providing our clients with access to dual diagnosis treatment, we help them learn safe, sustainable strategies for managing anxiety and other mental health issues over the long term. This creates a stable foundation for successful, long-term recovery.
Contact Agape and Get Started Today
If you’re tired of living with the uncomfortable physical and psychological effects of Librium addiction, we can help. Get in touch with us today to find out more about our addiction treatment programs or to speak with an admissions coordinator. Our admissions coordinators can guide you through the enrollment process, tell you all about the health insurance and payment methods we accept and assist you in making transportation arrangements. Call now to get started.
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