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Drinking and Drugging: 3 Deadly Combos

It is commonly known that drugs and alcohol should not be combined. However, for those of us who love both, a danger exists of which we may not be fully aware. Add in the factor of addiction, and common sense goes out the window when it comes to drinking and drugging. Notedly, people who are not addicts or alcoholics also run the same risk when combining drugs and alcohol. The following drug/alcohol combos are especially dangerous, they may be fatal, and should be avoided:

  1. Alcohol and Opiates – This combination is particularly deadly and should be avoided at all costs. Each drug enhances the sedation of the other, and both work to depress the central nervous system. Additionally, each drug slows your breathing, inhibits your coughing reflex, and if not medically treated, you could suffocate. Respiratory arrest is a common occurrence with this combination.
  2. Alcohol and Benzodiazepines – Similar to opiates and alcohol, benzodiazepines will also slow down the central nervous system, and when combined with alcohol, it makes for another deadly combination. Drugs such as Valium, Xanax, and Ativan are widely prescribed for anxiety disorders, and many people who are not addicts do not know the danger of combining them with alcohol. Loss of coordination, memory loss, coma, and death are common.
  3. Alcohol and Stimulants – This combination works differently than the above combos. When combined with alcohol, stimulants such as methamphetamine, cocaine, Adderall, etc., counteract the effects of the booze which in turn masks its depressive effects. Alcohol counteracts stimulants, too. For instance, the edge or high you feel on cocaine will be dulled by alcohol, and the intoxication you feel while drunk will be more hidden by the cocaine. These effects lead many of us to consume more of each than we normally would, and put us at an increased risk of overdose. Additionally, if you mix cocaine and alcohol, your liver produces a byproduct of the two, called cocaethylene. This chemical compound can be deadly and greatly increases your risk of overdose. Cocaethylene can cause sudden heart attacks, impulsive behaviors, stroke, and liver damage.

If you are struggling with drugs, alcohol, or a combination, call Resilient House. Change is possible if you are ready. We have the solution to addiction, and we can help you begin living a beautiful and successful life in sobriety. Give us a call, we are available 24/7, toll-free at 833-242-6431. Recovery is possible. Call now.