The consumption of alcohol is legal in the United States for those over the age of 21. It is commonly consumed in social gatherings and as a stress reliever after a long day’s work. Unfortunately, this intoxicating substance is also very commonly abused, creating a dangerous cocktail when combined with other prescribed, over-the-counter, or illegal drugs. Alcohol has the effect of compounding other substances’ side effects, which increases the risk of alcohol poisoning, overdose, and death. While many prescription medications offer a warning not to consume alcohol while on the specific medication, some people knowingly ignore the warnings or purposely ingest alcohol to enhance the experience of euphoria, relaxation, or aid in sleep. BrightView is an outpatient treatment center that specializes in addiction treatment. Our addiction specialists are knowledgeable about the damaging consequences of not treating addiction and have developed programs to help all who suffer from starting down the recovery path. Learn more about what can happen if you mix alcohol with depressants by reaching out to a specialist today at 833-510-4357.
A Deadly Combination: Alcohol And Depressants
Some people approach alcohol as if it is not an addictive substance or ignore its depressant effects. Maybe they are willing to take the risk of creating a deadly concoction to enjoy the high and lower their inhibitions. Others may forget that they are taking prescribed depressants and underestimate the powerful effects of alcohol on the body. No matter the reason or actions, it is clear that depressants and alcohol, each having the same impact on the brain, when taken together, increase the risk of alcohol poisoning and death. Other dangerous side effects of this combination may include:
- Parasomnia, including sleepwalking, sleep-driving, and sleep-eating
- Loss of balance
- Reduced inhibitions and risky behavior
- Irregular breathing
- Impaired judgment and confusion
While some medications are highly effective in treating anxiety, panic disorders, and other mental health issues, they can quickly lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction. At BrightView, we understand the connection between alcohol and depressants. We have developed programs to help treat patients suffering from addiction to overcome their challenges and live a healthy, sober lifestyle.
How Can Substance Abuse Treatment Help?
Whether your addiction is to prescribed medication, illicit drugs, alcohol, or a combination of these substances, addiction treatment is available for you. There is no time to waste. It is common for people to ignore the warnings of combining prescription medications with alcohol, and ultimately, they become faced with dependence and addiction. While there is no cure, addiction is a treatable disorder. With the proper support, guidance, and therapy available through substance abuse treatment, patients can learn to identify triggers, avoid vulnerable situations, and control their cravings. At BrightView, we offer:
It is our goal to provide patients with a comprehensive treatment plan and eliminate any barriers to success.
Learn More About Outpatient Treatment in Ohio
Addiction is a disease, and at BrightView, our trained addiction specialists treat it like one. We offer outpatient treatment options to those who suffer from addiction to help them lead a life of sobriety. We know that admitting that you may have a problem is not easy. However, it is the first step to gaining control of your life and living the life you want. With 22 outpatient treatment centers throughout Ohio, we have the right program for you and your individual needs and stage of addiction. After diagnosis, our counselors design a treatment plan that includes medication assisted treatment, counseling, therapy, and long-term peer support. Learn more about how BrightView can change your life today by calling 1-833-510-HELP or scheduling an appointment using our secure online form.