Chlordiazepoxide (Librium) Addiction

Overcoming Chlordiazepoxide (Librium) Addiction

Discover how to recognize and treat addiction to Chlordiazepoxide (Librium), including its symptoms.

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What is Librium?

Chlordiazepoxide is a generic benzodiazepine, a tranquiliser drug commonly known under its brand name Librium. It was the first synthesized benzodiazepine, released in the 1950s.

Librium is a short-acting benzodiazepine drug with a high potential for addiction when misused. Patients can develop a physical dependence on Librium even when undergoing treatment for a legitimate medical condition such as insomnia or anxiety. Under UK medical regulation, doctors are allowed to prescribe Librium for only two to six weeks.

Librium can be found on the street under various names: downers, tranks, bennies, L, blue bombs, nerve pills, blues, ruffies and normies – and can be used as a party drug or date rape drug because it is easily dissolvable in drinks and helps people relax and reduces inhibitions.

What is Librium prescribed for?

Librium is largely prescribed to treat medical conditions such as anxiety, alcohol withdrawal symptoms and surgery nervousness. Librium acts on the GABA neurotransmitter levels that regulate feelings of pleasure and relaxation, by slowing down functions such as breathing, blood flow and heart rate.

Librium is commonly mixed with alcohol – producing deep sedation, with opioids such as heroin to enhance its euphoric effects and cocaine – to diminish the stimulant’s effects. Mixing different drugs poses major health risks, such as respiratory depression, liver dysfunction, blackouts or overdose.

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Detoxification from Chlordiazepoxide (Librium)

We advise against quitting Librium cold-turkey. Librium addiction has a number of damaging withdrawal symptoms, such as depression, tremors, hallucinations, psychosis, memory loss, insomnia, increased heart rate and elevated blood pressure. These are best managed with medical guidance.

At Castle Craig, the Librium detox programme is medically supervised. The patient’s physical and psychological safety is our utmost priority. The detox phase starts with a thorough mental and psychological evaluation by our Consultant Psychiatrist. Based on each patient’s medical background and drug use history, they will be prescribed a personalised detox regime.

Our 24/7 medically monitored Librium detox means that we supervise patients’ vitals and their detox progress regularly throughout the day. Our nursing staff assist patients and make sure they are comfortable during the process of removing the drugs from their body while minimising Librium withdrawal effects.

The Librium detox duration will depend on how much the patient had been taking, and for how long, as well as other personal factors like age, weight and other medical conditions. The Librium detox might last several weeks, as the user’s dosage is slowly reduced to allow their body to gradually readjust. Other medication may be used to help ease the chlordiazepoxide withdrawal symptoms.

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Rehab Treatment for Chlordiazepoxide (Librium) Addiction

Following Librium detoxification, patients will attend our comprehensive inpatient rehab programme of psychotherapy and physical recovery, where they can focus on learning skills for a new, abstinent lifestyle.

Castle Craig’s residential addiction programme is structured within a daily routine of specialist group therapycomplementary therapies12-step support groups, lectures and shared activities, scheduled meals and exercise.

Each patient is assigned a personal therapist, who works with them on their own personalised treatment plan. This is individually tailored to address their specific psychological and therapeutic needs. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) helps patients with a history of Librium addiction to explore their thought and behaviour patterns that led to drug abuse and learn new healthy living habits.

In order to assist the patient maintain sobriety after treatment, we offer each patient a personalised two-year aftercare plan, which includes regular therapy, 12-Step NA meetings and relapse prevention groups that help build the patient’s support system and reinforce the recovery skills they practised during treatment at Castle Craig.

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Get Help for Chlordiazepoxide (Librium) Addiction

If you or someone you know is abusing Librium or other chlordiazepoxide-based medication or is struggling with an addiction to Librium, help is available.

Contact us today: our admission consultants will answer your questions and can arrange quick pre-assessment with one of our Consultant Psychiatrists.

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How Do I Pay For Rehab?

One concern we sometimes hear from people is how they will fund their rehab treatment. The cost of rehab varies depending on what kind of accommodation you choose. You can pay for treatment at Castle Craig privately, or through medical insurance, and some people receive funding through the NHS.

How Long Is the Rehab Programme?

Residential rehab treatment starts at 4 weeks and can go up to 12+ weeks. Research shows us that the longer you stay in rehab and are part of the residential therapy programme, the longer the likelihood of continued abstinence and stable recovery.

Who Will I Speak to When I Call?

When you call you will reach our Help Centre team who will give you all the information you need to help you decide whether to choose treatment at Castle Craig. Once you have decided that you would like to have a free screening assessment you will be put in touch with our admissions case managers who will guide you through the admissions process.

What Happens at the End of My Treatment?

Castle Craig thoroughly prepares patients before departure by creating a personalised continuing care plan which is formulated following discussions with the medical and therapeutic team. We offer an online continuing care programme which runs for 24 weeks after leaving treatment, in order to ensure a smooth transition back into your everyday life. Patients leaving treatment automatically join our Recovery Club where they can stay connected via our annual reunion, events, online workshops and recovery newsletters.

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