When people abuse drugs or alcohol, it is not a choice based on an organized spreadsheet of pros and cons or a systematically pursued life course. No one sets out to become addicted or damage their health. There are many reasons people dabble in recreational drugs or alcohol, and the path to addiction is not a straight line. For example, it is very common for substance abuse to be used as a way to self-medicate—to mute symptoms of anxiety, depression, or PTSD. Polysubstance abuse—the abuse of more than one substance—is common, especially among those who have a co-occurring mental health condition. When abusing multiple substances leads to addiction, the risks greatly increase. Professional substance abuse treatment is the most effective and safe way to begin recovery from a polysubstance addiction.
Apex Recovery Nashville offers polysubstance addiction treatment in Tennessee. If you are worried about your polysubstance abuse, you can benefit from professional help combined with compassionate understanding and a safe setting where you can begin recovery. Call us today to learn about the substance abuse treatment programs at Apex Recovery Nashville. Our staff is standing by to answer your questions. Complete this easy form to connect or simply dial 615.703.4639.
What Is Polysubstance Abuse?
The dependence on multiple substances taken in combination is known as polysubstance abuse. Becoming addicted to more than one substance can happen in a few different ways:
- You are already dependent on one substance and begin to experiment with others to change, improve, or amplify the effects of the original substance.
- Your drug and alcohol use is indiscriminate, and you experiment with different combinations seeking the high you desire—or maximum relief from painful mental health symptoms.
- You intentionally combine two drugs, such as an opioid with cocaine, known as a speedball, to create specific effects and be able to prolong a binge cycle.
These are risky behaviors, even without considering the risk of addiction. If you or someone you love is taking these kinds of risks with multiple substances, consider that the behavior alone is cause for concern and a reason to get mental health and substance abuse support and treatment.
Risks of Polysubstance Abuse
Polysubstance abuse risks include:
- Suppressed breathing
- Heart attack
- Brain damage
- Organ failure
Whether someone is getting up in the morning with meth and unwinding at the end of the day with oxycodone, mixing alcohol with cocaine, or alternating benzodiazepines with MDMA, their body and brain are under even greater assault than they would be with just high doses of one of those substances. If someone ends up in the emergency room with an overdose but cannot be sure what they took, treatment is that much more challenging.
Polysubstance Abuse Treatment at Apex Recovery Nashville
Polysubstance abuse and addiction are more difficult to treat than an addiction to a single substance. In many cases, individuals abuse substances without knowing exactly what they are or what they have taken over time, leading to challenges in helping with withdrawal.
A polysubstance abuse rehab is the safest place to begin recovery under the care of a team of medical and therapeutic professionals who work together to provide coordinated, evidence-based care.
People with polysubstance abuse often have co-occurring mental and physical conditions and thus qualify for inpatient rehab, with the option to step down into outpatient rehab if desired. In any case, your treatment plan will be created thoughtfully and with full information about your medical and addiction history by a team of providers and discussed in detail with you so you understand and are fully onboard with the plan.
Apex Recovery Nashville Has Polysubstance Addiction Treatment in Tennessee
At Apex Recovery, our goal is to provide you and all our clients with the best addiction treatment services possible. When it comes to polysubstance abuse treatment, we offer evidence-based therapies and treatments such as acupuncture and massage therapy to amplify your well-being and usher you to health in a holistic way.