What is Librium and why is it used for a detox?
When starting your alcohol detox journey a drug called Librium is often dropped into the conversation, but what is Librium and what does it do?
Librium is a trade name for an active ingredient called Chlordiazepoxide, which in turn belongs to a class of drugs called benzodiazepines (or more commonly called Benzos’)
Confusing isn’t it? – And we’re only two sentences into the post.
Of course the professionals and practitioners know exactly what it is, they talk about it every day. But for those of us on the verge of a panic attack at the mere thought of mothballing our beloved crystal wine goblets, or in my case Asda Essentials range, talking about something called a Librium chlordiazepoxide benzodiazepine is like asking your local mechanic why your car broke down on the motorway, to which he replies “Well Governor, the link that controls the throttle damper failed causing a starvation of the fuel air mix through the venturi creating catastrophic carburation starvation… You’re lucky to be alive!”
Yeah, OK. I’m not going to ask why….
So what is Librium?
Forget the fact that its connected to all those other big words, we’ll sort those bad boys out later, the point of this post is to assure you that Librium is a recognized medication for helping people with alcohol dependency get through the detox period.
I’ve used Librium personally and it was very effective at safely getting me through my week-long detox. With, I might stress, the emphasis being on Safely.
Librium is a small tablet in capsule form that for detox purposes is prescribed by a practitioner (prescription only) to take multiple times per day over a set period with a daily reduction, so that on the last day of your detox you are on one tablet.
Be aware that Librium can be just as addictive as alcohol, if not more. That’s why its carefully planned around the individual and reduced on a daily basis so that at the end of the detox period (typically 1-week), your body is purged of alcohol and the Librium is not another problem to get over.
This is why its so important if you have a recognised alcohol dependence problem that you are treated by professionals such as the folk at CGL (Change Grow Live). Whatever you do though, please don’t try to detox cold turkey by suddenly stopping or seeking out your local neighbourhood Benzo dealer (Not to be confused with your local Mercedes-Benz dealer. They sell an A-Class Benzo, not a Class-A Benzo).
That said, and all frivolity aside, It’s easy to take and helps to manage the potential of extreme side effects caused by sudden alcohol withdrawal such as anxiety attacks and seizures.
As mentioned earlier, Librium is a trade name for Chlordiazepoxide (I can’t even say that).
Chlordiazepoxide is the active ingredient within Librium that causes the release of a neurotransmitter called GABA in the brain.
Neurotransmitters are chemicals within the nervous system and brain which transmit messages between the nerve cells. GABA is a type of neurotransmitter that acts as a nerve-calmer and helps keep the nerve activity in the brain in balance.
The net result of Chlordiazepoxide and GABA activity in the brain is that it promotes a calming effect which can result in sleepiness, a reduction in anxiety and a relaxation of muscles.
For the detoxing alcoholic, the mild sedation and anxiety relieving effect helps relieve the symptoms of alcohol withdrawal.
So what Is the Benzo bit?
So as discussed, Librium is just a trade name for a drug that helps with alcohol withdrawal among other conditions. There are numerous other trade names, but Librium seems to be the go to name for this type of drug.
It’s a bit like all makes of vacuum cleaner get called a Hoover. “Oh, I think I’ll Hoover the carpet even though I own a Dyson.”
Have you ever heard anybody say “Get the vac out and Electrolux the stairs”? – No, neither have I.
So, moving on.
Chlordiazepoxide is the active ingredient within the drug that promotes GABA and balances the nervous effect of the brain struggling to cope with having its best buddy taken away.
All of this belongs to a class of drugs called Benzodiazepines, or Benzos’ (also known on the street apparently as blues and downers which can be highly addictive and widely abused)
Benzodiazepines are used for their sedative, anxiety-relieving and muscle-relaxing effects, and by adding chloriazepoxide it stimulates the release of GABA which acts as a nerve calming agent and helps you cope with the stress of the detox period.
Put it all together and out comes Librium!
In another article I will discuss the do’s and don’ts of Librium, plus the potential side effects.
However, I want to leave you with the assurance that under medical advice and professional supervision, the use of Librium is both safe and effective as a coping agent for an alcohol detox. Therefore, it’s important not to let fear or the advice of naysayers put you off approaching your practitioner and carrying out a detox with the assistance of this drug.
It worked for me and I’m sure it can work for you but you must seek your own medical advice first. I can’t stress that enough.
If you wish to leave a comment or ask any questions, please use the comment area below and I will respond as soon as possible.
Good luck. You can do this!
Disclaimer. (Because we live in a litigious society)
This article is based upon my experience of using Librium on a week-long detox, and my subsequent research.
The information is provided in good faith and from my personal understanding of the subject. I am not a medical practitioner, any form of trained pharmacist or connected with the medical profession whatsoever. In fact, I’m pretty much a nothing who is probably unemployable now as apparently once you get past the age of 49 you forget everything you’ve learned and no longer have any useful life skills.
My only understanding of anything remotely to do with health is from a First Aid at Work course some twenty years ago, and the only thing I remember from that is not to give paracetamol or aspirin to anybody who may be injured or unwell, or offer a cigarette to anybody who’s just suffered an electric shock (and certainly not without switching off the electricity supply first or pushing them out of harm’s way with a wooden broom, which you just happen to have in your pocket!)
Therefore, the point I’m trying to make is that you need to accept responsibility and seek out professional medical advice first (just like I did) so that you recover from this safely, get your life back under control and go on to do the amazing things you were always destined to do.
Full disclaimer HERE
Thank you and best wishes with your detox journey.
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