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Cocaine and Alcohol: Risks and Effects of Mixing Them

The term polysubstance abuse can apply to the mixing of any number of substance combinations and is always dangerous. One of the most toxic blends is that of cocaine and alcohol.   While the mixing of cocaine & alcohol has decreased overall in recent years, the practice is still prevalent – and still deadly.

Wet Brain Syndrome and Alcohol Abuse

Most people are aware that the body – especially the liver – can have a difficult time processing large amounts of alcohol. However, few realize that the same is true for the brain. Wet brain syndrome is a form of dementia that is caused by prolonged abuse of ETOH (ethyl alcohol/ethanol) or alcoholic behaviors. The official term for this disease is Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome (WKS).

Snorting Xanax and Other Signs of Benzodiazepine Addiction

The benzodiazepine drug alprazolam, more commonly known under its brand name Xanax, is a kind of sedative. Doctors prescribe Xanax primarily to treat sleep disorders, anxiety attacks, or seizures. However, its calming effects have made it and other benzos commonly misused pharmaceutical drugs. Some individuals, in search of a more potent effect, try snorting Xanax through the nose. This practice can lead to some very serious consequences, and can be a sign that someone may have a drug dependency.

Ambien and Alcohol

As one of the most widely consumed drugs, alcohol is everywhere. Its popularity also makes it one of the most common substances to mix with other drugs. Whether it happens accidentally or purposefully, combining alcohol with another drug often has dire consequences.   Ambien is just one of many substances that interact poorly with alcohol.

Party Drugs

The term “party drugs” loosely classifies a number of drugs. As the name implies, the drugs in this category are commonly distributed and consumed in parties. The exact substances that fall under this category aren’t entirely set in stone, but some of the most common are ecstasy, LSD/acid, ketamine, and amphetamines. This group contains a variety of different substances, with some similar effects and some completely different.

Mixing Adderall and Weed: Is it Safe?

Adderall has many legitimate medical uses. However, as is the case with most prescription drugs, the potential for abuse exists. Further, it is possible for it to become part of an unhealthy habit or addiction. Marijuana, or weed, is a psychoactive drug that has very different effects on the brain and body. While both substances have some beneficial medical uses, they can have harmful effects when mixed together.

Klonopin High

Klonopin is a highly addictive benzodiazepine typically used to treat seizures but can be used to help those with anxiety and insomnia. Comparatively, most people do not see Klonopin to be a dangerous drug and it certainly does not make headlines. However, the risk of Klonopin abuse is very high and can slowly form into an addiction if left untreated. Many people misuse and abuse this drug hoping to experience a “Klonopin High”.

Addiction Severity Index

When it comes to addiction treatment, many people assume that simply addressing the symptoms will be enough to enable lifelong sobriety. However, it is essential to address the root cause of any addiction. This helps ensure long term recovery and lessens the chance of relapse. Tools such as the addiction severity index can help diagnose the true causes behind an addiction and determine how far the disease has progressed.

Hydrocodone and Alcohol

Mixing any narcotic or medication with alcohol can cause serious side effects, and it is best to avoid whenever possible. This is especially true for substances in the opioid family. Taking hydrocodone (the active ingredient in several opioid combo medications) along with alcohol can cause a life-threatening overdose and increase its already-high addiction potential.