The first step in Librium rehabilitation is the initial detoxification process. During this process, Librium is eliminated from the user’s body. This substance has a half-life of 24 to 48 hours, which means about half of the Librium is eliminated within this time frame. The initial detoxification period typically takes three to four days, but it can take longer in chronic users.
When withdrawal symptoms persist for more than two weeks after an individual stops taking Librium, they’re known as post-acute withdrawal symptoms. In some users, post-acute withdrawal symptoms may last for several months or even a year. The exact timeline varies depending on the individual’s history of Librium use, any co-occurring disorders, and the individual’s medical history.
Librium withdrawal may produce serious, even life-threatening side effects
Because Librium slows down vital functions, discontinuing it may result in an increased heart rate and faster breathing rate. For some users, these withdrawal symptoms are merely bothersome; for others, they can be life-threatening. For example, a significant increase in heart rate may lead to a heart attack in someone who has heart disease.
Some users experience seizures when withdrawing from Librium
Librium affects the central nervous system; therefore, when an individual stops taking the drug, the nervous system speeds up, increasing the risk for seizures and other neurological problems.
Librium withdrawal causes some psychological symptoms to get worse
Many individuals use Librium to reduce anxiety and cope with the stress of everyday life. When they stop taking Librium, psychological symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, and irritability, may get much worse. In severe cases, a user may develop psychosis, a condition that causes the individual to break from reality. Although psychosis caused by benzodiazepine withdrawal is usually reversible, it can cause lasting effects.
Withdrawing from Librium may cause an individual to develop delirium tremens
Withdrawal from Librium and other benzodiazepines has been linked to the development of delirium tremens, a withdrawal syndrome that causes shaking and hallucinations. Although delirium tremens is rare, it can be life-threatening.
Librium Detoxification Medications
During the initial detoxification process, several medications may be used to help control withdrawal symptoms, making the user more comfortable and less likely to relapse before Librium can be completely eliminated from the body. Librium may be substituted with a different benzodiazepine to help the individual avoid some of the most severe withdrawal symptoms. Pregabalin and other medications used to prevent seizures can be used to help individuals who need to withdraw from Librium. Although beta-blockers and antidepressants have been used to help with Librium withdrawal, they have no significant benefit, according to a study published in the journal Australian Prescriber.
For more information about withdrawal, read our guide on Librium addiction.