November 11th, 2010

Chlordiazepoxide, better known as Librium, is a sedative drug mostly commonly used in alcohol detoxification. Librium is a benzodiazepine like Diazepam (Valium) and nitrazepam (Mogadon).  Alcohol detox can be dangerous and using medication such as chlordiazepoxide in a reducing regime over several days as the alcohol withdrawal symptoms diminish is wise.

Chlordiazepoxide has less addiction potential due to its long half life although doctors are rightly still concerned about controls and ensuring that the potential for cross addiction is minimised.  Often when people are new to recovery there can be the yearning to ‘swap deck chairs on the titanic’ by swapping one addiction for another and not addressing the underlying issues.

It’s important to understand that an alcohol detox does not equate to recovery from alcoholism. It’s important to get down to the causes and conditions that have enabled us to become alcoholic to ensure a full recovery and minimises the possibility of relapse.

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