Prescription drugs may easily turn into addictive substances that often come with an abundance of possible side effects. While it is easy to believe that any serious side effects from the drug won’t happen to you, if you combine the prescription drug with other substances, the chances of something going wrong increases. Instead of ignoring the fine print, it is important to be cautious of these warnings. Benzodiazepines may be fine on their own, but mixed with alcohol, they can become problematic.
Benzodiazepines or benzos are medications typically prescribed to treat ailments like anxiety or insomnia. Some common benzos include Xanax, Valium, Klonopin, Restoril, and Ativan. Benzodiazepines are depressants that produce sedation and hypnosis, relieving muscle spasms and reducing seizure symptoms. Legally, the medication is only meant to be prescribed, but many people will purchase the drug off the street. Common street names for the drug are “benzos” or “downers.” Alprazolam and clonazepam are the two most frequently encountered benzodiazepines on the illicit market. Unfortunately, some people abuse these medications. The result could be an addiction that requires benzo detox and treatment as well as some dangerous health implications.
What happens when you mix benzodiazepines and alcohol? Many people who abuse these drugs may be unaware of the dangers associated with mixing the two substances or not understand the severity of this combination. While ignorance is temporarily blissful, it is best not to ignore the warnings. Mixing benzodiazepines and alcohol can lead to serious problems that need to be brought to awareness.
Since benzodiazepines and alcohol are depressants, which slow down the central nervous system and the body’s organs, the combination may lead to severe health risks. Alone, benzodiazepines can cause lethargy, drowsiness, memory impairment, mental confusion, and depression. Mixing benzos and alcohol increases the intensity of the depressant effects and causes other problems, including:
Unfortunately, up to 95% percent of patients admitted to a drug and alcohol rehab for benzos are also found to abuse another drug, and about 25% of the time, this drug is alcohol. As a matter of fact, one study found that those in the study who qualified as having unhealthy alcohol use were 15% more likely to use benzos than moderate drinkers or those who do not drink at all. For alcoholics who have yet to detox from alcohol and get sober, benzodiazepines can be especially hazardous.
When an individual mixes benzos and alcohol, the risk of an overdose significantly rises and may risk the person’s life. High doses of the drug can cause extreme drowsiness and slowed reflexes, mood swings, and erratic behavior. Not only does the level of dosage or being mixed with another substance matter but also if an individual has a co-occurring disorder present and how that person injected the drug. Some signs of benzodiazepine overdose include:
At Banyan Detox Stuart, our highly professional team of specialists and licensed therapists will provide unique therapeutic methods, assisted medical detox, and specialized programs to safely get you or a loved one through withdrawals. We want to see you on the road to recovery, and we even offer outreach after treatment.
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