The consumption of alcohol is legal in the United States over the age of 21. 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. All prescription medications offer a warning not to consume alcohol while utilizing a specific medicine. However, some people knowingly ignore the warnings or purposely ingest alcohol to enhance the experience of euphoria, relaxation, or as a sleep aid.
Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge is an addiction treatment center that specializes in faith-based treatment for those over the age of 18. Our addiction specialists are knowledgeable about the damaging consequences of not treating addiction. Furthermore, we have developed programs to help all who suffer can start down the recovery path. Learn more about what can happen if you mix alcohol with depressants by reaching out to a specialist today at 844.442.8673.
Alcohol And Depressants Are a Deadly Combination
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
- Depressive state that brings about negative thoughts
- Reduced inhibitions and risky behavior
- Depressed or irregular breathing
- Impaired judgment and confusion
While depressants are highly effective in treating anxiety, panic disorders, and other mental health issues, they can quickly lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction. At PAATC, 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 thereof, substance abuse 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 PAATC, we offer:
- Medication-assisted treatment
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Counseling and therapy
- Inpatient treatment
- Outpatient treatment
It is our goal to provide patients with a comprehensive treatment plan and eliminate any barriers to success.
Learn More About Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge
Substance abuse, whether drugs or alcohol, is a disease, and at PAATC, our trained addiction specialists treat it like one. We offer excellent 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.
At our treatment program, 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 Pennsylvania Adult and Teen Challenge can change your life today. Reach us by calling 844.442.8673 or scheduling an appointment using the online form.