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Dangers of Drug Cocktails

Dangers of Drug Cocktails

For many addicts, one drug may just not be enough. As their bodies become tolerant of that one drug, they often crave more of it as well as other drugs to get that same high or an even greater one.

In order to do just that, some people will turn to homemade drug cocktails. Unfortunately, this is a risky habit. Our addiction rehab in Pompano has seen just what damage these crafty concoctions can do.

What Is a Drug Cocktail?

Traditionally, a drug cocktail or an AIDS cocktail was a combination of medications used to treat HIV and aids. Drug cocktails may also be used to treat ailments such as cancer. Some people have also started to refer to the term in relation to drug abuse as people will combine a variety of drugs with the intent to get high.

Common Illegal Drug Cocktails

Some common illegal drug cocktails include:

  • Cocaine and alcohol
  • Cocaine and ecstasy
  • Cocaine and amphetamine
  • Alcohol and benzos
  • Multiple prescription painkillers

The Dangers of Mixing Drugs

At Banyan Pompano, we have seen the dangers of drug cocktails and the damaging effect of mixing drugs in many of our patients. While someone may come in for our prescription drug treatment in Pompano, because of drug cocktails and their addictive personality, they often require treatment for other drugs as well. While some people may mix drugs to get a better high, the effects of mixing drugs can be deadly. The biggest problem with mixing drugs is that you cannot be sure what will happen. When the chemicals in drugs interact, unforeseen side effects can occur.

The side effects of mixing drugs or mixing drugs and alcohol together can include:

  • Negating effects of prescription medicines
  • Headaches and dizziness
  • Depression and even suicidal thoughts or behavior
  • Respiratory problems and shallow breathing
  • Heart palpitations and other cardiac problems
  • Liver damage or even failure
  • Vomiting and nausea
  • Hallucinations and delusions
  • Brain damage
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Overdose

While some people may think that mixing drugs is harmless, the facts reveal overwise. 14.3% of drug-related emergency room visits in 2009 in the United States involved the effects of mixing drugs and alcohol.1

The danger of drug cocktails cannot be understated. If you suspect your loved one is experimenting with drug cocktails and their drug mixing effects, do not wait to get them professional help. Our South Florida PHP care could help them kick this horrible habit before it is too late.

To learn more about our various treatment programs and therapies, reach out to us immediately at 888-280-4763 to get started.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse – Drug-Related Hospital Emergency Room Visits
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa, Director of Digital Marketing
Alyssa is the National Director of Digital Marketing and is responsible for a multitude of integrated campaigns and events in the behavioral health and addictions field. All articles have been written by Alyssa and medically reviewed by our Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Darrin Mangiacarne.