Drug users typically start out using one drug. You embrace the escape from the stress, anxiety, trauma, or grief in your life. The next step, according to multiple sources, is to take other drugs. The professional team at Promises Behavioral Health knows the dangers of mixing substances and can help you through recovery. Learn about the dangers of mixing multiple substances. For drug and alcohol addiction treatment, contact our addiction treatment centers by calling 844.875.5609 today.
What Do Studies Show Regarding Mixing Multiple Substances?
Did you start mixing multiple drugs because your friends do it or because you wanted a better ‘high?’ Perhaps you did not realize that there are extreme dangers of taking multiple drugs.
Statistics show that you are not alone if you mix one drug, including alcohol, with other drugs. An article published at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) indicates that individuals with substance use disorders (SUDs) have ‘historically’ abused more than one drug. The article cites the results of multiple national surveys indicating the high levels of addiction to multiple drugs
Similarly, the December 12, 2018 National Vital Statistics Report discusses the drugs most frequently involved in overdose deaths in the U.S. between 2011 and 2016. Some of the ten drugs on the list include heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines, oxycodone, hydrocodone, and fentanyl. The report also indicates that when overdose deaths involving the ten most frequently drugs occurred, those drugs were often found in combination with each other. Some examples include:
- More than one-third of overdose deaths involving cocaine from 2011 through 2016 also involved heroin
- Two in every five deaths related to cocaine overdose also mentioned fentanyl
- More than 20 percent of overdose deaths during the time period that involved methamphetamines also mentioned heroin
- Approximately 26 percent of overdose deaths involving Alprazolam also involved methadone
- 25 percent of deaths related to Alprazolam overdose also involved oxycodone
You do not have to risk overdose or death from the dangers of mixing substances. Promises Behavioral Health welcomes you into comprehensive addiction treatment that helps you regain control over your life.
Dangers of Mixing Marijuana with Alcohol
Do you believe that there are little, if any, dangers of mixing substances such as alcohol with other drugs? Combining alcohol and other substances is dangerous, and perhaps deadly.
Although some people still likely believe that alcohol is a stimulant, the fact is that, like marijuana, it is a depressant that slows down your central nervous system. A Psychology Today article writer explains that smoking marijuana and using alcohol potentially leads to nausea, dizziness, paranoia, alcohol poisoning, and even death.
Dangers of Mixing Heroin and Alcohol
An article published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicates that 9 in every ten people that use heroin also use at least one other substance. The dangers of mixing substances like heroin and alcohol are extremely risky and potentially lead to death.
The Drug Policy Alliance points to the fact that mixing alcohol and heroin ‘significantly increases’ the risk of overdose, along with the possibility of developing shallow breathing, low blood pressure, low heart rate, coma, or deep sedation.
Get Treatment at Promises Behavioral Health
You do not have to struggle with the dangers of mixing substances. Start your recovery today, and learn how to live your life free of the addiction or any mental health issues that affect your life. At Promises Behavioral Health, we offer exceptional treatment programs to help you put an end to the addictions in your life. For instance, a few of our addiction treatment options include:
- Alcohol addiction treatment
- Heroin addiction treatment
- Marijuana addiction treatment
- Opioid addiction treatment
- Painkiller addiction treatment