Librium Addiction and Abuse

Librium addiction and abuse is the subject of this Special Report by Siobahn Morse, the executive director of The National Institute for Holistic Addiction Studies.

What is Librium?

Librium is a prescription medication that is used to treat the following conditions: anxiety, including anxiety disorders, and anxiety before a surgical procedure and alcohol withdrawal.

What are the effects of Librium?

Librium is part of a group of medicines known as benzodiazepines.


Librium Addiction and Abuse

Benzos have several different effects on the body including: stopping seizures, reducing anxiety, causing sleepiness, relaxing muscles and impairing short-term memory.

All benzos can have each of these effects to some degree depending on the specific medication and dosage.

They work in the brain by enhancing the effects of a brain chemical that is naturally calming called GABA.

GABA can slow down or stop certain nerve signals in the brain. This is why Librium and other benzos are known as mild tranquilizers, sedatives, or central nervous system depressants.

What is Librium addiction and abuse?

Despite their many beneficial effects, benzodiazepines have the potential for abuse and should be used only as prescribed.

During the first few days of taking a benzo such as Librium, a person usually feels sleepy and uncoordinated.

However, as the body becomes accustomed to the effects of the drug, these feelings begin to disappear.

If a person uses these drugs for a long period of time, the body will develop a tolerance for the drugs and larger doses will be needed to achieve the same initial effects.

Continued use can lead to physical dependence which can cause withdrawal symptoms when the medication is reduced or stopped.

What are the withdrawal symptoms of Librium?

The withdrawal symptoms of Librium include: Panic attacks, seizures, personality changes, numbness or tingling, heart palpitations, hallucinations, memory loss, flu-like symptoms, anxiety, depression, confusion and restlessness or irritability.


Librium Addiction and Abuse

Librium Addiction and Abuse



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