Like other benzodiazepines, Librium is a psychotropic, habit-forming drug. People who are legitimately prescribed Librium for medical purposes (such as insomnia or anxiety) can still develop a dependence on the drug. Some people start using Librium by increasing their dosage once they no longer experience the desired effect. Others start using Librium to intentionally get high or to intensify the effects of other drugs. People with underlying mental illnesses are also at a greater risk of becoming addicted to Librium.
When a Librium addiction begins to form, the individual may display the following behavioral symptoms:
- “Doctor shopping” to attain Librium prescriptions
- Abusing the drug by taking higher doses than recommended
- Dishonesty about the amount and frequency of Librium use
- Turning towards illegal means to obtain the drug
- Prioritizing Librium use as the focus of their day
- Abandoning normal relationships or responsibilities
- Wanting to stop Librium use but being unable to
- Experiencing financial hardship due to the cost of Librium
- A need for higher doses to feel the effects of Librium (tolerance)
- Rapid heart rate, sweating, and tremors
Librium is classified as a schedule IV regulated drug as by the Controlled Substances Act. It is mainly used as a short term remedy to treat symptoms of acute alcohol withdrawal, anxiety disorders, and to relax patients before surgery. Like other benzos, Librium may also be used to treat muscle tension, seizures, insomnia, and irritable bowel syndrome.
Librium causes the user to become very relaxed, which is the number one reason people abuse this drug. Those who suffer from insomnia or anxiety disorders abuse Librium because of its calming effects. Taking larger and more frequent doses than what is prescribed is considered abuse of Librium; using Librium without a prescription is also substance abuse. People who take Librium recreationally do so in order to achieve a high. Mixing Librium with other drugs is hazardous, as it elevates the risk of overdose. Symptoms of Librium overdose may include:
- Severe drowsiness
- Slowed reflexes
- Low blood pressure
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