Alcohol and opiates such as OxyContin, Vicodin, heroin, or Lortab have one primary thing in common: they are both depressants. As such, they suppress the central nervous system. Each substance enhances the effects of the other. This reaction is what makes them attractive to users.
Depressants slow neuron function in the central nervous system. They cause you to relax or experience a type of euphoria. If you take lower doses of depressants, you will feel mildly sedated. Higher doses can lead to a lethargic state psychologically and physically. So, if you use both drugs together, they can affect your judgment while making you feel a buzz.
For those who have trouble using opiates and alcohol, a South Florida detox center can help.
An estimated 20–30% of people who take prescription opioids misuse them. One of the dangers of alcohol and opiates is that they increase your risk of developing a physical dependence on one or both drugs. A dependency occurs when you increase your dosage over time and can no longer function without either substance. Prolonged use to opiates and alcohol causes their effects to diminish. As a result, you increase the dosage to keep feeling high.
Eventually, you can’t stop using either. You form an addiction that eventually evolves into a dependency on alcohol and opiates. Once you reach that state, you feel as though you can’t function without alcohol or opiates. At this point, you are at risk of severe health problems or medical conditions.
An alcohol and opiate detox center in South Florida can help individuals get through the withdrawal process and minimize complications.
Side Effects of Mixing Alcohol and Opiates
When you enhance the central nervous system, you may feel good at first. However, prolonged use of alcohol and opiates can lead to a wide range of side effects, including:
- Respiratory problems such as trouble breathing
- Decreased heart rate and blood pressure
- Suppressed neuronal firing, poor brain function
- Potential damage to bodily organs
- Potential for severe alcohol poisoning/drug overdose
One of the least known side effects of mixing depressants is known as the dumping effect. If you have mixture an extended-release opiate with alcohol, it can alter the mechanism of the drug. The result is an accelerated reaction in which the full amount of the drug is ‘dumped’ into your nervous system.
This can a shock to your system and possible overdose combined with alcohol poisoning. It can lead to a wide range of psychological or physical problems.
Safe Detox for Drug Abuse
If you attempt to detox from an addiction to more than one substance, such as alcohol and opiates, the withdrawal symptoms can be severe – even life-threatening. For this reason, you should never attempt to detox from opiates and alcohol at the same time. This can lead to complications with your heart or psychological problems.
The best way to detox from multi-drug addiction is to check into a detox center in Florida. A detox center offers a safe environment where you receive 24/7 supervision from detox treatment specialists, and also makes you aware of the dangers of alcohol and opiates, as well as other substances that you may have used. You are more likely to get through withdrawal symptoms successfully.
Get Help for Substance Abuse Today
If you have an addiction to alcohol and opiates, then contact Summit Detox. We offer comprehensive detox treatment for all types of addictions. To find out more about how to get started with your opiate and alcohol detox program, call us at 866.341.0638. We are here to help you take the first step to recovery.