Many people believe that medications are generally safe to use. However, many people are unaware of the dangers of mixing these medications with alcohol. For instance, mixing alcohol and benzos can lead to serious side effects or even overdoes that leads to fatality. Therefore, they may continue to drink while being on benzos indefinitely.
One of the main reasons that alcohol is dangerous is that it is a psychoactive substance that can impact the brain, much like any other drug. When combined, alcohol and benzos can interact with each other in ways that can harm the central nervous system (CNS). To learn more about the dangers of mixing benzos and alcohol, contact Amatus Recovery Centers today at 833.631.0525.
What Are Benzos?
Benzodiazepines or benzos are a class of psychoactive drugs that doctors prescribe to clients for reasons such as:
- Calm anxiety
- Treat insomnia
- Reduce seizures
- Relax the muscles
Benzos can be a short-term solution for these conditions. However, doctors often allow patients to use them long-term. They also increase the dosage as the effects of the drug wear off. Unfortunately, this opens the patient to prescription drug addiction because these medications also induce euphoria or feelings of pleasure.
Why Mixing Alcohol and Benzos so Dangerous
Benzos work by triggering a tranquilizing chemical in the brain. By relaxing the mind, they can help a person suffering from seizures, anxiety disorder, or panic attacks. Alcohol addiction also produces relaxation by slowing the central nervous system. As you can see, when combined, both of these drugs can cause a massive slow-down in the brain and CNS.
Also, combining benzos and alcohol can have a similar effect on other organs and systems in the body over time. If a person increases the dosage of either substance, they increase the risk of overdose or emergency medical conditions. Sadly, most people overdose because they have no idea how risky taking benzos and alcohol at the same time is.
Side Effects of Mixing Benzos and Alcohol
Both benzos and alcohol already have potential side effects on their own. When combined, they both become lethal, potentially causing severe side effects such as:
- Heart arrhythmia
- Slow breathing or heartbeat
- Decreased cognitive abilities
- Further anxiety or depression
- Memory loss
- Confusion or sedation
Simultaneously taking both substances can multiply the body’s response to the effect, making the symptoms worse. Overdosing on alcohol and benzos can lead to sudden heart failure, decreased oxygen intake, or brain damage, otherwise known as hypoxia. Alcohol or benzos abuse can lead to permanent memory loss and cognitive impairment.
Why People Use Benzos and Alcohol Together
It is common for people to take benzos while drinking alcohol. The main reason for this is that either substance on its own may not reduce anxiety as the user intended. The medication may be sufficient enough, or alcohol may not relieve stress or depression. Even when a person uses both substances, they may increase the intake as the effects wear off.
Eventually, the user forms an addiction that leads to full-blown dependency. They will continue to drink more and consume more pills until they finally overdose. Thus, many doctors do not recommend benzos as a long-term solution to relieving anxiety, insomnia, or seizures.
Get Help for Addiction at Amatus Recovery Centers
If you are suffering from addiction to alcohol and benzos, then get help at Amatus Recovery Centers. We provide comprehensive treatment for all types of addictions. Through dual diagnosis treatment, we can help you overcome mental health conditions and addiction simultaneously. Call Amatus Recovery Centers at 833.631.0525 to find out more about your treatment options and get started with your program today.