Mixing any combination of prescription drugs, over-the-counter drugs, illicit drugs, and alcohol can be unpredictable and dangerous. Mixed drug use is dangerous because different drugs act on our bodies in different ways. The harmful effects are magnified by using more than one drug type. For example, the more alcohol in the body, the less heroin needed to cause an overdose. Alcohol treatment centers in Florida are here to help the community with this terrible affliction.
The real danger of mixing drugs is not knowing how your body will react to the mixture. Some drugs may even react negatively with other drugs, causing internal bleeding, and making overdoses easy. One of the most common symptoms of mixing drugs is blacking out or becoming unconscious with gaps in memory. The most dangerous drug to mix with is alcohol because our bodies already have trouble digesting it. So when alcohol and opioids are mixed, our stomachs simply can’t handle the mixture and induce vomiting or a blackout.
Many overdoses occur when people mix heroin or prescription opioids and/or alcohol with benzodiazepines such as Klonopin, Valium, and Xanax. All sedating medications carry overdose risks on their own, however, when drugs are combined, the risk is substantially increased because the drugs typically use different mechanisms in the body to create sedation. These mechanisms represent overlapping protection from the brain and respiration shutting down. Blackouts can be dangerous also for many reasons including bodily harm.
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If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction, don’t hesitate to call the Strawberry Center. We are here to help those suffering to take back control of their lives and relationships. We combine faith and medicine to give you the best opportunity we can. Call us today and speak with an admissions specialist!