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The Dangers of Chronic Alcohol Abuse While on Pain Meds

There are many dangers that can arise within the course of substance abuse.  Each substance in itself can produce a wide variety of negative and health impacting effects.  But, these kinds of effects can be compounded when different substances are used together regularly.  There are different types of substances and the effects of each type can react with and exacerbate each other. One of the most dangerous combinations of substances is opioids and alcohol.

There are a large amount of individuals that are prescribed pain medications within our modern society.  They serve an extremely valuable medical purpose and can help many individuals to be able to operate in their lives without horrible or daily pain. Unfortunately, they are also used by a large amount of people for recreational purposes. These medications are extremely potent and they are not advised to be used in conjunction with many other substances due to the resultant reactions.  But, there are many who struggle with chronic alcohol abuse along with either being prescribed these meds or recreationally using them.

The Effects of Combining Opioids and Alcohol

A large part of the danger with this combination lies in the fact that both of these substances are categorized as depressants.  Depressants, in general, can produce effects such confusion, slowed breathing, impairment of judgment, and many others.  When these two are combined, they can exacerbate each other’s effects, which can impact the individual much more severely.

The effects of combining opioids and alcohol can be quite dangerous and even deadly in some circumstances.  This includes effects such as:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Blood Pressure Fluctuations
  • Heart Rate Irregularities
  • Loss of Consciousness
  • Coma

There are several different stages of alcoholism.  An individual could begin only drinking socially, then they begin to drink heavier amounts, then every day, and onward.  And as they are consuming larger amounts of alcohol, the reactions with opioids can be even more severe.  Both substances have the risk of overdose in high amounts, but the combination can bring this about at a much more accelerated rate.  For instance, if a person currently on opioids consumes their usual amount of alcohol that they do when not on other substances, they will likely find themselves much more impaired than expected.

When an individual is dealing with addiction to multiple substances, it is critical that they seek addiction treatment.  Being that the health effects of the above (as well as those of other substance combinations) can be extremely dangerous, the person needs to get help before it ends up in disaster.  Treatment can help a person to overcome addiction before it leads to potentially deadly consequences.

When Seeking Help for a Drug or Alcohol Addiction

Addiction can be an extremely difficult condition to overcome and can be even more so when a person is struggling with multiple substances.  Fortunately, through comprehensive and extensive addiction treatment, a person can be able to work through their addiction and eventually break free of it.  Here at Best Drug Rehabilitation, our uniquely designed program helps thousands every year to overcome their addiction.  Our success lies in the fact that we individualize a treatment program for every single person that is admitted.  This allows us to address the whole of their addiction, rather than just one aspect of it.  Addiction is unique to each person, and it needs to be treated as such.  Take the first leap toward a new and sober life, and give us a call today at 1-866-884-3240.

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