There are dangers when any two drugs are combined and used at the same time. Benzos and alcohol are two of the most worrisome, and yet it happens often. Alcohol is not always seen as a drug itself, but it does impact your brain’s function and adds toxicity to your body. For those reasons, it’s critical to view it as the dangerous substance it is.
If you are using multiple drugs, you may also need addiction treatment. At Wellness Counseling and Residential Detox, we can help with specialized detox programs and therapies.
What Happens When Benzos and Alcohol Are Used at the Same Time?
It is possible for a person with prescribed benzodiazepines used for seizures and anxiety to have a drink or two without realizing there are risks. When mistakes like this happen, you will still have negative effects. Yet, as long as you do not continue to abuse them in this way, you may not have to worry about addiction.
However, some people purposefully combine benzos and alcohol to achieve the desired, euphoric effect. Benzos work on the central nervous system. They are depressants, just as alcohol is. As a result, when you combine these two, you can expect to see amplified results including intoxication, depressing thought processes, and limited physical mobility.
What Are the Dangers of Benzos and Alcohol?
Look beyond the way you feel when you use benzos and alcohol to see what the risks are when combining these drugs. They may include:
- Heightened risk of overdose due to central nervous system depressant
- Reduction of cognition, especially over the long term
- Potential for unpredictable effects
- Physical illness such as nausea and allergic reactions
- Long-term physical limitations including gastro problems, heart-related problems
- Lasting neurological damage
It is also common for those who are mixing substances like this to develop addiction and dependence. Not only does your body crave the drugs, but you need to continue to use more and more of the same drugs to get the desired effects. That’s dangerous for all people.
Long-term use of combined substances like this can create liver and kidney damage, heart failure, and respiratory ailments. It can also shorten your life significantly. Mixing drugs like this can also worsen or cause mental health problems to create an additional chronic disorder.
What Should You Do If You Are Using?
If you are using benzos and alcohol repeatedly, it is critical to seek help from an accredited detox center. Our team can offer the treatment you need to stop putting yourself at risk. Treatment options include:
- Medical detox program
- Residential treatment plans
- Intensive outpatient programs (IOP)
- Partial hospitalization programs (PHP)
- Individual, family, and group therapy programs
- Continuing care support
Your first step is to realize there is a problem. Then, it is critical to work closely with your therapists and counseling team at Wellness Counseling and Residential Detox to get the help you need. Using benzos and alcohol is dangerous. Treatment can be very effective.
Take the First Step
If you are using benzos and alcohol, you already recognize the struggles you are facing each day including pain, discomfort, and cravings. Our team at Wellness Counseling and Residential Detox can offer you the comprehensive support and guidance you need to overcome these challenges.
Get the help you need with the following:
- Prescription drug detox program
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
- Dialectical behavior therapy (DBT)
- Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing therapy
- Trauma therapy
- Relapse prevention program
Contact us today for more information about detox and therapy programs to help you recover from polysubstance abuse. Call 772.773.1336 now to get the support you need from licensed, caring professionals.