The Dangers of Mixing Depressants & Stimulants
Why Mixing Depressants and Stimulants is a Recipe for Disaster
When you’re caught in the trap of addiction, achieving the best high becomes your ultimate goal. One of the cunning aspects of addiction is the fact that, as time goes on, it will become harder and harder to achieve that high due in large part to the fact that your body becomes accustomed to the drugs or alcohol that you are feeding it. However, the disease continues to tell you that you need more and if you aren’t getting the fix that you need or want, you will go to any length to get it, even potentially dangerous ones such as combining depressants and stimulants.
What are Stimulants
A stimulant is a type of substance that helps to increase activity in the brain. Stimulants typically have a temporary effect on the brain and, unfortunately, many examples of stimulants can often be addictive. Some common examples of stimulants can include:
Cocaine is an illegal substance that is highly addictive and can lead to serious physical and psychological consequences in any person’s life. In its pure form, cocaine is developed using the coca tree. Many people are surprised to learn that until the early 1900s, cocaine was actually legal in the United States and was a substance that was often found in many over-the-counter drugs. In fact, in the 1800s, the famed psychoanalyst Sigmund Freud promoted the use of this substance. However, over time, the serious and potentially dangerous consequences of frequently using cocaine became clear. Many people that are addicted to cocaine consume the drug in many different ways. Regardless of whether you opt to use it orally, inject it or snort it, cocaine can have an almost immediate reaction on the body and send your mind and your brain into overdrive.
Methamphetamine is commonly referred to as meth. Over and above this substance being highly addictive, one of the other dangers associated with consuming this type of substance is the fact that it can destroy brain tissue which can ultimately lead to brain damage over time. Interestingly, methamphetamine was actually used recreationally between the 1960s and 1980s as well as to treat certain conditions such as depression, obesity, and even narcolepsy. Today, the most popular form of methamphetamine is crystal meth. The influence of the drug can last anywhere between four to eight hours after you consume it and the effects of withdrawal symptoms can begin approximately 24 hours from the last time that you took this drug.
There are many prescription medications that are used to treat different types of medical and mental health conditions. When utilized correctly, prescription medication can help a person to live a healthy life after they have been diagnosed with a condition such as depression, anxiety, or a slew of other conditions. However, when this medication is not taken according to the way that it’s prescribed, there is always the possibility that a person can fall prey to addiction which can cause their body to go into overdrive due to the influx of stimulant influence. Examples of prescription stimulants can include Dexedrine, Adderall, and Ritalin.
What are Depressants
Depressants have a history of being used both for medical purposes as well as recreational purposes. Many people are surprised to learn that alcohol is actually a leading example of a depressant. The reason why this comes as such a surprising revelation is because when a person begins drinking they have the mistaken feeling that they are happy and excited. However, those effects can quickly wear off and leave a person feeling worse than they did before they began drinking. However, when an addiction to alcohol takes hold, the disease tricks you into believing that you need alcohol in order to feel better.
It’s important to understand that there are several short-term and long-term consequences to taking depressants for long periods of time or in developing an addiction to depressants. Examples of short term consequences of depressants can include:
- Issues with concentration
- Dilated pupils
- Vision problems
- Slurred speech
Examples of serious long term consequences of taking depressants are:
- Increased anxiety
- Panic attacks
- Sexual problems
- Sleep problems
- Increased chance of high blood pressure and diabetes
Examples of Dangerous Drug Combinations
While mixing stimulants and depressants is always dangerous, there are certain combinations that are more dangerous than others. Some examples of the most dangerous drug combinations are:
- Fentanyl and heroin
- Cocaine and fentanyl
- Opioids and fentanyl
If there is a possibility that you or a loved one may have consumed a combination of these substances, you should immediately reach out for help from emergency services so that they can provide you with the medical care that you need to avoid any possibility of death.
How to Avoid the Dangerous Consequences of Combined Drug Use
There are several steps that you can take to help you to avoid the dangerous and potentially deadly consequences of combined drug use. Here are some important tips and tools that you should utilize if you find yourself struggling with a disease:
Reach out for help
The best way for you to work through addiction and stop mixing stimulants and depressants is to reach out for help from a team of medical experts that can walk you through the process of addiction recovery. A member of the Resurgence Behavioral Health team is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week to help you begin the process. Regardless of the severity of your addiction or your mixture of choices, you can take comfort in the fact that our team will consistently go the extra mile to ensure that you have the care and support that you need during this transitional time in your life.
If you are the type of person that learns through reading, you may want to take the time to look into more information about stimulants and depressants and the impact that these substances can have on your body both when you consume them individually as well as when you take them individually. In short, the consequences that these substances can have on your body can be scary which is why you should work toward removing them from your life as urgently as possible.
Actively participate in therapy
There are some people that don’t feel comfortable immediately committing themselves to a treatment program. However, even if you aren’t ready to take steps toward working through a formal treatment program, you still have certain recovery options. For example, it’s strongly advisable that you consider attending 12-step meetings or finding a therapist that you trust so that you can begin to talk about your possible issues with addiction.
Ask for help from family members
If you feel that you are simply lost in the insanity of your addiction, your best option may be to reach out to family members for help in finding the best treatment options for you. One of the reasons why Resurgence is such a trusted name in the industry is due in large part to the fact that we’re always willing and ready to speak to friends and family members who are trying to reach out for help for their loved ones.
When you’re ready to tackle your addiction to stimulants or depressants, the Resurgence Behavioral Health team is here to provide you with the holistic care and support that you need to take back control over your life. From the moment that you first reach out to us, we will take steps toward getting you the immediate help and care that you need. Something that we strongly recommend is that if you’re addicted to mixing depressants and stimulants you begin your recovery program in detox. Detox will help you begin to heal from the impact of addiction in a healthy way and provide you with the around-the-clock care that you need during this time in your life.
The next important decision that you will need to make when you decide to work through your addiction to stimulants and/or depressants is whether you’re going to work through an inpatient or outpatient program. An inpatient program is popular among clients that have had issues mixing depressants and stimulants because it gives them the opportunity to change the people, places, and things around them so that you can focus on the healing steps that you need to take to overcome your addiction once and for all. An outpatient program, on the other hand, is ideal for a client that has a job or is going to school because it offers more flexible treatment schedules. If your schedule at work or school changes during the course of your program, just let us know and we will help you to adjust it.
If you would like more information about the dangerous consequences of mixing depressants and stimulants or the treatment options available at Resurgence Behavioral Health, please get in touch with us today at (888) 300-4370. We look forward to hearing from you and helping you.
— Pacific Manor Recovery (@PMRRecovery) September 8, 2021