Understanding Polysubstance Abuse
Polysubstance abuse is becoming more common each year in America. In fact, polysubstance abuse is now considered the standard among addicts instead of the exception. Most addicts, while they may prefer one drug over another, seek a general feeling of being high. Many will also combine certain drugs because the effects of one exacerbates the effects of another. Polysubstance abuse can be very dangerous because the potential for overdose becomes much higher. If two or more drugs are used that target the same part of the body, the result could be fatal.
Signs of polysubstance abuse can be the same as addiction to one substance, but the symptoms may be intensified. A person suffering from polysubstance abuse will have a minimum of 3 addiction symptoms for at least 3 substances over a 12 month period. Potential addiction symptoms are inability to stop, withdrawals when trying to stop, loss of control, interference with daily functioning, or an excessive amount of time spent regarding the drug.
A recent study showed that nearly 4% of adults use 3 or more substances on a daily basis. Opiates and alcohol are common drugs used simultaneously. This combination can be particularly dangerous because both are central nervous system depressants. Two or more drugs used that target the central nervous system can cause respiratory depression to the point where the heart rate slows and eventually stops beating. On contrary, the use of too many stimulants can cause reverse effects resulting in a heart attack or stroke because heart rate raised too high. Stimulants can also cause hyperthermia, a condition in which the body temperature rises astronomically, potentially resulting in brain damage or death from internally overheating.
Polysubstance abuse can be treated in the same fashion as addiction to one substance. An inpatient residential treatment center would be a wise choice for someone suffering from polysubstance abuse. Inpatient programs are designed for those in more severe stages of addiction. Attending a treatment center can help physically and mentally address the aspects of each addiction through various forms of therapy, as well as twelve step or other self-help groups. While polysubstance abuse can be more challenging and uncomfortable to initially overcome, help is available and your life free from the chains of addiction awaits.
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