The Dangers of Abusing Multiple Depressants

The Dangers of Abusing Multiple Depressants

Abusing Multiple Depressants

Depressants are some of the most commonly abused substances in the world. They include alcohol, heroin, barbiturates, GHB, benzodiazepines, inhalants and even marijuana.  In many cases, people abuse more than just one of these substances at any given moment, which often increases the odds of dangerous side effects or consequences. However, even abusing one depressant can prove to be deadly.

The Effects of Depressants and Their Dangers

The general rule of thumb for most things is to never do anything to excess. This is often a good rule to follow when it comes to depressants (next to not using them at all, of course). When more than one depressant is present in the body, the following health risks may occur:

  • Respiratory/cardiovascular complications – Depressants immediately begin to work by slowing down the central nervous system, including the lungs and the heart. This means that a user will experience issues such as shallow breathing and slowed heart rate if too much of these substances are abused. This can lead to issues such as suffocation, heart attack, and death.
  • Insomnia – The presence of depressants in the body can disrupt a user’s sleep cycle and natural circadian rhythm. For example, using a depressant such as alcohol can cause a user to sleep at different times during the day or night, which can lead to insomnia and continued periods of lack of sleep.
  • Problematic sexual function – The use of depressants often causes both men and women to struggle to perform sexually. The lack of sexual activity between a couple, for example, can start to cause problems within the relationship that eventually lead to more serious problems (such as divorce, infidelity, etc.). Depending on the depressants being abused, infertility can also be a side effect.

Depressants can cause a number of serious problems for an individual, and abusing them simultaneously will only increase the likelihood of these dangers occurring.

Treatment Options for Polysubstance Abuse

Polysubstance abuse is defined as the use of three or more addictive substances over a period of 12 months. For those who abuse depressants, polysubstance abuse is an all too familiar occurrence. The treatment of polysubstance abuse does not vary too significantly from the treatment of just one type of substance abuse. In fact, the types of therapy offered are typically the same, and addressing the many different substances of choice occurs simultaneously. Users struggling with multiple depressant abuse should get help immediately. By doing so, addicts can significantly improve their chances of achieving long-term recovery.

If you or a loved one needs help for depressant abuse, please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline right now. Do not waste one more day abusing any kind of substance. Call us today to get the help you need.