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Librium Withdrawal

Librium Withdrawal

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Alternative to Meds Center offers a Librium withdrawal program that is designed to be surprisingly comfortable in a non-toxic, inviting, inpatient setting.

Benzodiazepines like Librium, even if properly indicated during a time of crisis, do not always mean that a person must spend their whole life being medicated.

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Alternative to Meds has been the expert on Librium withdrawal for over 15 years. We have published evidence regarding our success. Underlying issues can in many cases be addressed in much less toxic ways. Clients frequently find that medical conditions were missed altogether, or that the original factors that contributed to the crisis have since shifted, were diagnosed prematurely or even misdiagnosed.

It is not necessary for Librium (chlordiazepoxide) users to suffer fierce symptoms of Librium withdrawal. We have clinically proven ways to drastically soften side effects and symptoms.  Alternative to Meds Center has shown that there are superior, non-drug-based pathways to feeling revived and authentically engaged in life without the need to suffer Librium withdrawal effects. 

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Librium Withdrawal Program at Alternative to Meds Center

Using proven effective treatment methods our success rate has been documented by an independent research review, so our clients can have the greatest confidence in our services.

Librium withdrawal needs to follow the guidelines set out by drug regulators in so far as the taper needs to be slowly done. However, Alternative to Meds Center goes well beyond the vague idea that dosages need to be reduced gradually. Additionally, we tailor the process to the requirements of each unique client, providing all available treatments and methods to ensure the taper is gentle and as symptom-free as possible. 

Some centers mask as many symptoms as possible using a “cocktail” of drugs to numb the reactions that can occur when coming off Librium and other benzodiazepine drugs, and little to no other therapy is considered.

This is probably well-intentioned but is rather like giving a person painkillers before amputating a broken leg. Why not set the bone and allow the body’s automatic mechanics of healing to occur naturally?

Drugs are not meant to cure, outside perhaps antibiotics or similar. Why use such an obtuse model when you have superior tools to hand. 

As a society, we have been more or less brainwashed into thinking the quick prescription drug fix is actually better than a cure but this is usually a recipe for disaster.  It is probably way past the time we should have slowed down and taken the time to achieve natural mental health instead of pretending that drugs can fix whatever is wrong. When your house needs cleaning, sunglasses are a poor substitute for a bucket of suds and some therapeutic elbow grease.5

Finding and Handling the Root Causes 

A person was possibly prescribed Librium as a sedative to treat anxiety or insomnia because of the dampening effects on various body functions and the CNS in general. Beyond that description, the makers of the drug and the FDA do not know and do not claim to understand any other details of the mechanism(s) of action.1 So it can only be construed as a bandaid and not treatment of any authentic or bonafide nature. 

In contrast, anxiety does have precursors that can be found or discovered through various methods of testing and then actually treated, as in the Cambridge English dictionary definition, which is  “to try to cure” or “to improve the condition of.” Prescription drugs for anxiety do neither of those things.2  In similar ways, insomnia, lack of appetite, or any of the other reasons for handing a person a prescription of benzo drugs also can have real and treatable root causes.

Some precursors for anxiety have been examined carefully such as lack of vitamin D,3 presence of toxins in the body,4 poor diet, lifestyle and social environmental stressors, and others. Once possible precursors are discovered, they can be safely remedied, and the drugs, like bandaids, naturally would become largely redundant and sometimes completely unnecessary. But there is a wrong way and also the right way to come off Librium safely. 

Risks of Librium Withdrawal Done Incorrectly

Stopping Librium abruptly or attempting to come off too quickly can be disastrous. One of the prime factors to manage is the way benzodiazepine drugs typically disrupt natural neurochemistry. It takes understanding and being familiar enough with the withdrawal side effects to be able to navigate through these changes, without harm and in a way that is not unendingly long yet completely tolerable for the client. 

Abruptly stopping Librium can cause psychosis, seizures, rebound anxiety, rebound insomnia, dry retching, headaches, depression, suicidality, and many other disturbances. These can be avoided by following the FDA recommended approach which is a slow and gradual cessation of Librium or other benzodiazepines. Some of the withdrawals from Librium have been shown to persist for years if not handled correctly. 

Librium withdrawal without handling the precursors as mentioned earlier will likely result in a return of the original symptoms, plus the withdrawal symptoms, and these can intensify significantly, making the process unbearable and leading to a desperate return to drugging symptoms. It is not humane to take someone off drugs and not handle the root causes. Natural mental health is attainable using sound and scientific principles and therapeutic methods, and this is the goal we help each of our clients reach.

Find Out More Information

We would be happy to furnish you with more information specific to the program steps, therapies used, the estimated length of time to complete the program, details about insurance coverage, what to bring, and any other questions you may have.  

Contact us today if you or a loved one is seeking relief and you would like more information about the Alternative to Meds Center Librium withdrawal program.


(1) FDA label Librium Clinical Pharmacology

(2) Cambridge English Dictionary 

(3) Vitamin D in Anxiety and Affective Disorders (Bicikova, Duskova, et al) published in 2015 by the Czech Republic Institute of Endocrinology, accessed online January 27, 2020.

(4) Unusual Case of Anxiety: trichloroethylene neurotoxicity”  (Yeung) Case Report published in 2017 by the BMJ, accessed online January 27, 2020.

(5) Inappropriate prescribing (Smith) published in 2012 by the American Psychological Association, accessed online January 27, 2020. 



This content has been reviewed and approved by a licensed physician.

Dr. Samuel Lee

Dr. Samuel Lee is a board-certified psychiatrist, specializing in a spiritually-based mental health discipline and integrative approaches. He graduated with an MD at Loma Linda University School of Medicine and did a residency in psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle. He has also been an inpatient adult psychiatrist at Kaweah Delta Mental Health Hospital and the primary attending geriatric psychiatrist at the Auerbach Inpatient Psychiatric Jewish Home Hospital. In addition, he served as the general adult outpatient psychiatrist at Kaiser Permanente.  He is board-certified in psychiatry and neurology and has a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Religion from Pacific Union College. His specialty is in natural healing techniques that promote the body’s innate ability to heal itself.

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