Substance abuse is an epidemic that in more recent years has been getting more good and bad press. We have all seen the examples of celebrities going to rehab or overdosing, but the reality is that addiction to drugs and alcohol is a real thing that affects hundreds of thousands of people each year. Moreover, individuals who experiment with their own drug cocktail concoctions can find themselves at the end of the line quicker, or even more seriously in the bed of an emergency room. Aside from the toll that drugs and alcohol can take a person’s spiritual, moral and personal life, mixing drugs and alcohol for greater effects is often times deadly, resulting in unpredictable problems because the drugs interacting in your body cannot be processed.
In some cases it is because once you start adding drugs upon drugs you don’t know where you will end up or in other cases you haven’t done your research and you just are trying to have a better high. There is no way to say exactly what will happen if you take certain drugs as opposed to someone else taking the exact same combination. A recent report from SAMHSA in collaboration with findings from two other doctors find some of the worst combinations that you could possible imagine.
Pairing alcohol with prescription painkillers is almost as bad as pairing alcohol with benzodiazepines. Over 20% of alcohol and drug related hospital visits can come from the alcohol/benzo pairing. Additionally when people look passed out on this combination there is the very likely possibility that they have had respiratory failure. Alcohol and painkillers in hospital visits is on the rise especially with a more recent epidemic with oxycodone and other popular painkillers going around the youth circuit. Women have been known to be more affected by this combination and can lead to some very sticky situations.
Combining cocaine with opiates or cocaine with ecstasy can also take a toll on your body. These chemicals send conflicting messages to the brain and body so in some cases and circumstances the effects are exacerbated and the body becomes overwhelmed. It has become more popular in recent years to take prescription drugs no matter what their variety. Mixing together things like benzos/pain killers and sleeping pills can be fatal and because they are all so addictive, these can take a long-term toll on the body that outsiders cannot see. In any event, understanding the destructive nature of these combinations might save you or your friend’s life.
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Cindy Nichols is the founder of 411 Intervention, a full-service intervention resource that helps individuals with addiction issues find treatment solutions. You can see an interview with Cindy here on Recovery Now TV.