Cocaine abuse and alcohol abuse can be massively detrimental to your health and well-being on your own. Combined, the effects can be even more catastrophic. Mixing addictive substances is always risky, and you should consider your safety when using them. On its own, alcohol abuse can affect your body and long-term health in many different ways. Cocaine abuse carries similar risks, although its specific effects can be very different from alcohol as a stimulant. If you’re abusing both, you could be harming yourself in ways you haven’t even considered. If you’re struggling, it may be time to consider polysubstance abuse treatment.
At Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach, we offer a wide variety of recovery programs, including treatment plans designed specifically to treat polysubstance abuse. Our client-first business model allows us to treat the causes of your substance abuse disorder directly while we help you achieve lasting sobriety. Using a dual diagnosis approach, we can treat substance abuse alongside any mental health disorders that may be impacting your addiction and make it difficult to get clean on your own. For more information on any of our treatment options, reach out today by calling us at (877) 296-7477 or by visiting us online.
The Effects of Mixing Alcohol and Cocaine
Combining any drugs without the advice of a professional is dangerous, and mixing alcohol and cocaine is no different. Long-term alcohol abuse can cause slowed reaction times, poor heart health, and mental illness as a depressant. Cocaine is a stimulant, and its effects include restlessness, high blood pressure, and intense insomnia. Mixing these two substances or any recreational drugs points to a high possibility of drug addiction.
There are many reasons people engage in polysubstance abuse, but none of those reasons outweigh the risks. Mixing alcohol and cocaine for use together poses many risks to your health, including:
- Severe dehydration and high body temperatures
- Heart rate irregularities, including an overactive heart rate
- High blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing
- Mental health issues including depression and suicidal ideation
- Cocaethylene production is a chemical in the liver that can damage your endocrine system and raise your risk of seizure
Getting Help for Polysubstance Abuse
Polysubstance abuse is sometimes difficult to recognize, even in yourself. The reality is that many people who engage in regular alcohol abuse have normalized it in their minds and don’t consider it substance abuse. When they engage in cocaine abuse, sometimes people don’t factor in their alcohol consumption. However, consuming both alcohol and cocaine alongside one another can exacerbate the dangerous effects of either substance.
If you’re struggling with a polysubstance abuse disorder, the best way to beat it is with professional help. Detoxing from alcohol or cocaine by yourself can be ineffective or even dangerous. If you have a chemical dependency on a substance, attempting to detox without the assistance of medical professionals can lead to coma or even death. Many rehab facilities offer detoxification treatment centers that can better facilitate your needs as you get clean and prepare for rehab treatment.
Polysubstance Abuse Treatment at Oceanfront
At Oceanfront Recovery, we know that every substance abuse disorder is different. What works for one person may not work for you, and vice versa. This is especially true in the case of polysubstance abuse treatment. If you’re struggling with addictions to cocaine and alcohol, then a treatment program meant for only alcohol, or only cocaine, won’t address all of your needs. Luckily, Oceanfront Recovery in Laguna Beach offers a boutique experience that caters to your treatment plan directly to you. Our polysubstance abuse treatment center is fully equipped with the latest technologies and compassionate staff. For more information about what we can do for you, contact us today at (877) 296-7477.