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“If you find yourself addicted to methamphetamine and alcohol, there are numerous treatment programs…”Drug addiction affects millions of Americans, and the drugs of choice for these unfortunate people are many. Alcohol, though legal, has serious consequences when abused. Methamphetamine, also known as “meth,” has proven to be a scourge in communities both wealthy and poor. The effects of mixing methamphetamine and alcohol can be far more serious than abusing either substance alone. If you find yourself addicted to methamphetamine and alcohol, there are numerous treatment programs staffed by dedicated professionals across the country ready to guide you out of your illness. To get started on the path to recovery and a brighter future, call 1-800-861-9454 to begin exploring your treatment options. Making that call is the first and biggest step in restoring your health and vitality.
Most Serious Effect: Mind Alteration
For many substance abuse sufferers, no single drug has led them to a state of dependence. Although one drug may have provided that all-important gateway into addiction, once on the other side the “high” matters more than the actual drug. Many addicts indulge in a combination of drugs and risky behaviors that steadily evolves into a serious, destructive problem. One of the most pernicious effects of drug addiction is the way in which it alters the mind and creates a sense of hopelessness. The euphoric highs and desperate lows of meth and alcohol abuse come to seem normal as life before the addiction fades from memory. Often, the addict does not understand how they reached their current state of complete addiction. The descent into drug addiction can sometimes be so gradual as to go unnoticed. However, help is always available, and your life can be set back on course if you’re ready to leave your substance abuse in the past.
Methamphetamine: Highly Addictive, Dangerous
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, methamphetamine, or meth, is a central nervous system stimulant, as well as being highly addictive. In its prescription form, the substance is known as amphetamine. Doctors prescribe amphetamines to treat a variety of conditions, from narcolepsy to attention-deficit disorders. Currently, the most effective treatment plans for meth addiction revolve around some form of cognitive-behavioral therapy. For many addicts, an inpatient treatment facility is more effective than outpatient treatment. Meth addiction is so strong that a complete change of scene can be quite useful in breaking the addict out of their pattern.
Methamphetamine is a powerful stimulant, while alcohol is a central nervous system depressant. Mixing the two can have unpredictable and dangerous consequences. An overdose of one or both can result in convulsions, heart problems, stroke and death. One of the possible effects of mixing methamphetamine and alcohol is that alcohol intoxication will mask the bodily effects of the meth high. However, the effects still occur, and a user may not feel the need to slow down or stop using as quickly as they would in the absence of alcohol.
Both methamphetamine and alcohol have a way of impairing one’s decision-making abilities. Risky behavior is simply par for the course for those in the grips of alcoholism or meth addiction. For some addicts, the side effects of addiction go beyond the health effects and extend into their personal relationships and careers. As with meth, treatment for alcohol addiction typically includes therapy sessions and prescription medications to ease withdrawal symptoms.
Treatment for Addiction
“…your life can be set back on course if you’re ready to leave your substance abuse in the past”
Without treatment for addiction to methamphetamine and alcohol, the downward trend in your physical and mental health and wellbeing is swift and unavoidable. Alcohol permanently destroys brain cells and impairs liver function. The immune system eventually becomes compromised due to excessive alcohol, and depression is common among alcoholics. Hard-care methamphetamine abuse leads to weight loss, insomnia, and even psychotic episode. Abusing meth for long periods causes fundamental changes in brain chemistry. The effects of mixing methamphetamine and alcohol include an amplification of the already dangerous consequences of the individual substances. However, none of these effects is irreversible. A free, national helpline is available at 1-800-861-9454, ready to put you in touch with treatment options to fit your situation.