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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.

Zoloft and Alcohol

Mixing alcohol with a number of other drugs produces an intensified effect that some people seek out purposely. However, the combination often results in a dangerous mix that can lead to a number of threatening side effects. Because so many medications react poorly with alcohol, it’s important to stay aware of these bad combinations. The mixture of alcohol and Zoloft, an antidepressant, produces a negative reaction that can become deadly.

Ativan and Alcohol

Mixing substances, also known as polysubstance abuse, is a common occurrence. Many people do so hoping to heighten the “positive” effects of each drug or do so without knowing the risk. A lot of people fail to realize that this also significantly heightens negative and dangerous effects. Whether accidental or purposeful, mixing substances always carries risk. As anxiety disorders increase in the US, there is also an increase in the amount of drugs used to treat the disorders. Ativan, Klonopin and Xanax are all drugs with a large number of prescriptions to patients who deal with issues like anxiety. Often people who are anxious also use alcohol to cope or they may simply have anxiety and consume alcohol for other reasons. Again, whether intentional or not Ativan and alcohol is a dangerous combination.

Ambien High

Zolpidem, or as it is more commonly known under its brand name, Ambien, is a treatment for insomnia and other sleeping disorders. According to one study, the use of the drug and similar sleep aids has exploded from a few million prescriptions to over 20 million over the last couple decades. This drastic increase in prescriptions has led to Ambien earning a place as a more commonplace household drug, but the medication can be misused. It is intended to help people with sleep problems get a healthy amount of rest, and it is crucial for anyone taking it to closely follow their prescription and their doctor’s instructions.

Trazodone High

Trazodone is a common antidepressant. While it isn’t widely popular as a recreational drug, the potential for abuse exists as it does with any substance. Furthermore, abusing it can still lead to serious dependence and addiction. Some abuse it wanting to experience a “trazodone high”, which is common for people to try with many types of substances.

Kratom Tolerance

Kratom is a common name for mitragyna speciosa, a tropical evergreen tree in the coffee family that is native to Southeast Asia. Kratom use is increasing in the United States, but there is no federal regulation and it is not currently considered a controlled substance at the federal level. However, some states have enacted their own regulation. Wisconsin, Indiana, Arkansas, Alabama, Vermont, Rhode Island and Tennessee have all made it illegal. As use is still relatively new in the United States, there is still a lot of research that is necessary to fully understand the drug and what kratom tolerance and dependence looks like.

Benadryl and Alcohol

The term “drug overdose” often has connotations of illicit drugs or intentional abuse attached to it. However, some seemingly harmless over-the-counter medications and drugs can still result in a risk when mixed with some other kinds of drugs. One such combination is Benadryl and alcohol. Both are commonly found in households in the US, so the risk of an accidental mixing of the two can be dangerous.

Xanax High

What is Xanax? Xanax, a brand name for the drug Alprazolam, is an anti-anxiety medication. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), it is on the list of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. Many misuse it to experience the “Xanax high”. Xanax is in the benzodiazepine class of drugs which act as central nervous system (CNS) depressants. They reduce neuron activity in the brain, which helps a person experience a relaxed state.