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Detox for Drug Combinations

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Detox for Drug Combinations

Those who get caught up in the vicious cycle of addiction frequently seek ways to enhance the euphoric effects of the drugs they take. As tolerance increases, it takes increasing amounts of the substance to fulfill the cravings and provide the experience people with a substance misuse disorder are seeking. As a result, drug synergism – or combining drugs – is an increasingly frequent issue, but doing so is often a recipe for disaster.

Opioids and Benzodiazepines

As most Americans are aware, overprescribing opioids has become a national epidemic over the past two decades. According to the Centers for Disease Control, two-thirds of all drug overdose cases involve an opioid, and opiate-related overdoses killed more than 47,000 people in 2017.

However, fewer people recognize how dramatically benzodiazepine prescriptions have increased within that same period, and that doctors frequently prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines like Ativan, Valium and Xanax together. Statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse indicate more than 30 percent of overdoses involving opioids also involve benzodiazepines.

People who have developed an opioid addiction rarely turn down the chance to take sedatives, even when they are fully aware of how risky it is to combine these drugs. Benzodiazepines magnify the effects of opioid painkillers, giving this drug combination a high potential for abuse. Over-sedation is one of the most significant problems of mixing opioids with benzodiazepines. The inability to wake up or respond to stimuli can put people at risk of falling, causing a car accident or entering a coma.

How Does The Detox Process Work?

When you arrive in southern California, you’ll be evaluated by a doctor to determine whether your condition is appropriate for clinical detox. While at Inland Detox, you will go through a process called stabilization; this entails going through the withdrawal process in a comfortable, quiet setting. Once your condition is stable, you will be referred for further treatment, generally in an inpatient residential setting.

Alcohol and Benzodiazepines

Drugs like Xanax and Valium enhance the effects of alcohol. Memory impairment is far more likely when people combine these substances, increasing the chances they will endanger themselves and making it easier to lose track of how much of the substances they have consumed. Overdosing on this combination can easily result in respiratory distress, liver failure or death.

Opioids and Alcohol

Mixing the two intoxicants of opioids and alcohol is particularly dangerous, since both substances depress the central nervous system, which controls heart rate, breathing and other essential bodily functions. Inhibiting the central nervous system can cause a person’s breathing to slow to an unsafe point or stop altogether. Swift cell death can occur, resulting in brain damage or death.

Seeking Help for Lethal Common Drug Combinations

In addition to the many complications and risks of drug synergism, one of the harshest realities is how difficult and dangerous it is to stop using drugs and alcohol cold turkey. That’s because withdrawal symptoms can be difficult to manage outside the supervision of trained professionals. Entering a qualified, well-appointed detox facility is essential to prevent a fatal overdose.

At Inland Detox, we treat drug combinations and complex cases using a proven approach that combines evidence-based treatment and medication-assisted treatment to keep our clients safe and comfortable throughout their detox experience. We provide professional help throughout the drug detoxification process to support recovery, prevent relapse and ease the pain of withdrawal.

Treating Related Health Issues

People with addiction often have one or more associated physical and mental health issues associated with long-term drug misuse, which could include things such as lung or heart disease, nutritional deficiencies or organ failure. Inland Detox clients also have the peace of mind that comes with knowing our team can help attend to these related medical conditions.

Many of our clients come to us with co-occurring disorders such as depression or anxiety, or need help managing other chronic diseases like diabetes, and our team has the training to provide the necessary assistance in the course of our care.

Find Health and Healing at Inland Detox

For people who struggle with an addiction to prescription painkillers, alcohol or benzodiazepines, comprehensive detoxification and addiction rehabilitation can help. Under the care of the professional team at Inland Detox, clients can overcome their addictions, put their past behind them and discover the benefits of living a life of renewed vitality and stable health. Contact us today to take the first step toward a new beginning that is free of drug and alcohol use.