Performance-enhancing drugs (PEDs) are substances that increase an athlete’s performance. Professional athletes formerly used PEDs to boost performance and endurance, but recently college and high school athletes have also abused these drugs to meet weight requirements and build larger muscles. The danger of these drugs and supplements is that they can also cause heart problems, high blood pressure and other life-threatening side effects. Using PEDs may seem like a good idea when you face difficult challenges, but these drugs and supplements can set Seattle users up for a life of problems. Seek help to quit taking these dangerous drugs. Continue reading
Today’s drug addicts no longer fit the stereotype that appeared in the media several years ago. Today, prescription drugs are a large part of many American families, and accidental addiction is on the rise. Everyone responds differently to drugs, so one Seattle resident can become addicted while taking half as many drugs as another person who develops no problem at all. In fact, an individual can become addicted to various medications even if he only takes the prescribed amount. For this reason, it is important to recognize this possibility, know the warning signs and take the appropriate action if an addiction should develop.
Addiction Warning Signs
There are variables between each drug, but addiction typically manifests in physical and behavioral changes. The physical signs can include the following problems:
- Strong physical cravings to consume more
- The body builds up a tolerance to the drug
- Emergence of negative side effects related to drug use
- Bloodshot eyes and changes in pupil size
- Changes in sleep patterns and eating habits
- Impaired coordination, speech or motor control
- Start of withdrawal symptoms if not taken regularly
Meanwhile, the behavioral signs of addiction can include these issues:
- Neglecting work and family responsibilities to take or acquire more drugs
- Taking the drug in risky places and situations (e.g., at work or while driving)
- Drug use that strains relationships withSeattlefamily, friends and co-workers
- Having to hide or defend drug use
- Sudden personality and attitude changes
- Decrease in motivation, ambition and social interaction
Drug abuse can also spark or exacerbate a mood disorder, such as depression, anxiety, mania and panic attacks. Such mood changes can be a sign that addiction is taking hold. If aSeattleresident has these issues, seek help immediately.
Drug Addiction Treatment
Failure, relapse and discomfort are more common in people who try to break an addiction without help, which is why proper treatment is always the best option for recovery. An addiction rehab facility provides the following treatment:
- Medically supervised detox in a relaxed and comfortable environment
- Some detox method to minimize withdrawal symptoms
- Integrated treatment for co-occurring conditions like depression and anxiety
- Behavioral therapies to identify unhealthy habits and instill positive life skills
- Holistic options like yoga, acupuncture, sauna, message and reflexology
- An examination of what factors lead to the addiction
- Help repairing relationships that drug abuse might have strained
- Recognize personal drug-use triggers and how to avoid them
- Group therapy to discuss different recovery scenarios
- Aftercare counseling to help keep the recovery on track
Genetics play one of the biggest roles in addiction, which is whySeattleresidents may unexpectedly develop a problem with drugs. Treatment centers design a personalized plan for each patient, and this includes looking at genetic considerations.
Seattle Addiction Help
Whether through casual drug use or a doctor’s prescription, accidental addiction occurs more often than many people think. When it does, it is important to get help right away. Our staff is available 24 hours a day to discuss warning signs, family history and treatment options. Health insurance companies often cover treatment, and we can check your policy for benefits. If you think there might be a problem, call our toll-free helpline today and get the assistance you need.
Even the most helpful drug taken with the best intentions can have deadly effects if mixed with the wrong substance. Falling victim to one of the top five most deadly drug combinations may be an honest mistake or a product of recreational use gone wrong. Seattle residents should always check the drug interactions of prescriptions and ask doctors before drinking alcohol while on medication.
What Makes Particular Drug Interactions Deadly?
There are mainly two types of drugs involved in fatal combinations, and these are stimulants and depressants or “uppers” and “downers.” Stimulants stimulate the body’s central nervous system (CNS) to provide an extra burst of energy or feelings of wellbeing. Depressants suppress the body’s functions and often provide a sense of euphoria, calm or lethargy.
When two uppers are mixed, the results are similar to an overdose. Seattle residents may experience heart attacks, respiratory arrest and stroke. Two downers mixed together may cause cardiac arrest and respiratory depression, because the body’s CNS begins to shut down.
Mixing uppers and downers is a dangerous game to play. Sometimes called “speedballing,” mixing stimulants with depressants will eventually end in death. Because these two types of drugs have opposite effects on the body, symptoms of overdose or other health emergencies may be masked, until it is too late.
Why Is Alcohol So Dangerous?
Alcohol is one substance that should not be mixed with any drug. When used in combination with depressants alcohol speeds up CNS failure, and when taken with stimulants alcohol masks dangerous overdose symptoms that should never be ignored. Seattle residents should avoid drinking while using any drug, but they should be particularly aware of not mixing alcohol and any of the following:
- Benzodiazepines (Xanax, Valium, Ativan)
- Opiates (heroin, morphine, codeine, OxyContin, Vicodin)
- Antidepressants (Prozac, Elavil)
- Stimulants (Ritalin, Adderall, meth, speed, cocaine)
The Dangers of Mixing Cocaine and Opiates
Cocaine and opiates have opposite effects on the body. A combination of the two is not easy for the body to process without dire consequences. Known as “speedballing” the dangerous practice of mixing cocaine and opiates has eased some since its heyday in the 80s and 90s.
The Dangers of Mixing Cocaine and Ecstasy
Cocaine and ecstasy are both stimulants, and when used together they greatly increase each other’s effects. Over-stimulating the body with this combination may lead to death.
The Dangers of Mixing Antidepressants and Painkillers
Serotonin, the hormone targeted by antidepressants, also regulates the heart, breathing and muscle movement. Taking antidepressants and painkillers together may cause Serotonin Syndrome, also called serotonin toxicity, which is difficult to diagnosis and may become fatal within minutes. This combination also severely limits a person’s ability to react in emergency situations.
The Dangers of Mixing Acetaminophen and Over-the-Counter Medications
Check for acetaminophen in over-the-counter (OTC) medications when taking prescription drugs that already contain acetaminophen. Even children’s pain medications (like Tylenol) contain this ingredient. Acetaminophen has a recommended daily allowance of 4000 milligrams, before the user risks overdose. Liver damage and liver failure have been reported in Seattle residentss who unknowingly overdosed on acetaminophen from a combination of OTC and prescription drugs.
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We want to help you end the risks of combining drugs and to begin your recovery from drug addiction. Because battling addiction is a fight that never stops, we keep our phone lines open 24 hours a day. We are here when you are ready to reach out for help, so please call now.