Can One Get High On Librium? Librium Abuse Potential & Recreational Value

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High on Librium?

It’s questionable if Librium can help people achieve a high. Although it’s believed that some benzos, such as Diazepam, Ativan, and Xanax, can cause euphoria, most of these drugs are used only to make a person relax. These benefits on the emotional well-being can be classified as a euphoric feeling when compared to the initial state of the patient.

It is vital to consider that non-medical or recreational use of Librium is considered an abuse and can lead tho dangerous health consequences, and have to be treated in medical facility. 

What is a Librium high like?

A person high on Librium may experience one of more of the following:

  • Sudden feelings of motivation
  • Desire to organize
  • Proactive behavior
  • Enthusiastic attitude

Other effects include hyperactivity and aggressive behavior.

The main effect Librium has is to make people relax. These calm and fearless feelings are the reason why some users abuse the drug by increasing the dosage and prolong the course of treatment. Many people like the recreational effects it produces and some take Librium only to get high.

Some people report improvement in their emotional condition and express their feelings as:

  • Motivated
  • Organized
  • Proactive
  • Enthusiastic

Librium has various negative side effects as well and can lead to hyperactive and aggressive behavior.

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Is Librium a Recreational Drug?

Usually, benzos are not considered to be used for recreational purposes even though they are Class C drugs.

Out of all the benzos on the market, Librium is one of the least potent drugs but one of the most popular tranquilizers. That’s why many recreational users combine Librium with other drugs (opioids and cocaine) and alcohol. This can be dangerous and might lead to an overdose, which can be expressed in:

  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Uncoordinated movements
  • Stupor
  • Memory loss
  • Low temperature
  • Blue-colored lips and nails

How Does Librium Work?

Librium (Chlordiazepoxide) is a benzodiazepine used to treat alcohol withdrawal, anxiety, and fear. As such, the drug affects different chemicals in the brain, reduces the nervous tension and causes sedation. It also reliefs muscle spasms. The half-life of the drug is between 10 and 30 hours, which makes it almost a long acting benzodiazepine.

Interestingly enough, its discovery was an accident when scientists were trying to synthesize a different chemical in a lab.

If used over extended periods of time, Librium can lead to tolerance, and it might induce dependence. In a study, scientists have proven that Librium has an addictive potential in monkeys. People are more complicated than animals, of course, but these results are a warning sign that Librium can lead to a compulsive use. Some people report that they don’t feel right without their drug and need a hit of Librium to cope with their everyday activities.

Librium can lead to severe withdrawal symptoms (tremor, muscle cramps, vomiting, etc.) if the drug is stopped abruptly. Going cold turkey is not advised. To avoid any risks, always ask a doctor for the right dose and length of treatment.

What is Librium used for?

Librium is a benzodiazepine used to treat alcohol withdrawal and feelings of anxiety and fear. It is also used to relieve muscle spasms. Librium acts as a sedative, relieving the user of mental and physical tension by producing feelings of well-being and relaxation.

Librium & Other Drugs

When Blues (one of the street names for Librium) are taken with alcohol, which is a depressant, the effects of the two drugs is amplified, and some people report deep sedation.

What happens when one takes a high dose of Librium?

When one takes a high dose of Librium, any of the following may occur:

  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Memory loss
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Loss of coordination
  • Stupor
  • Blue-colored lips and nails
  • Overdose
  • Coma
  • Death

Many recreational users mix Librium with opioids, which are used mainly to reduce pain, to reach some euphoric state. Another common combination is of Librium and cocaine, balancing the stimulant effects of the coke.  Higher doses of Librium can also cause:

  • Irritability
  • Paranoia
  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Memory loss

Note that the wide range of clinical implications Librium has makes it difficult to say what dosage is high or low, as it should be individualized for each person. Just a quick hint: for the relief of a mild to moderate anxiety the usual dose is 5-10 mg, 3 or 4 times a day.

Despite being useful mainly for the treatment of anxiety, alcoholism, and fear, Librium sometimes is used recreationally. However, Librium is a controlled drug, and it’s permitted when a prescription is present. It is illegal to sell Librium. Unfortunately, some people provide inaccurate symptoms to their doctors only to get a hold of Librium and make a profit off of it, which leads to the consumption of lethal doses.

Librium has different effects on people and it not advised to be used to achieve a high. It has an addictive potential, and it can be a dangerous drug, so always consult a doctor before using it.

View Sources
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