Dangers of Multiple Drug Addiction

Dangers of multiple drug addictionGateway drugs are substances that puts the user at risk for addiction and increase the chance that he or she will begin taking additional drugs. One of the most popular substances commonly regarded as a gateway drug is marijuana. Marijuana abuse is dangerous in its own right and can lead to permanent physical and psychological damage, but it is perhaps most dangerous in that it removes fear and inhibition surrounding illicit and recreational drug use. Gateway drugs may also lead to multiple drug use. Any drug use is dangerous, but risks for overdose, dangerous side effects and fatalities increase when drugs are used in conjunction with one another.

Dangers of Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse

Because of its legal status in the United States, alcohol is not commonly regarded as a drug. However, alcohol has negative health effects of its own that increase exponentially when combined with other substances. A combination of alcohol and central nervous system (CNS) depressants is particularly dangerous. Both alcohol and CNS depressants slow respiration rate and heart rate, and when combined can lower these to fatal levels.

Dangers of Multiple Drug Abuse

Drug users may combine substances in an effort to self-medicate the unwanted side effects produced by one substance. One substance may be taken to help a user “come down” from another. Other users may combine drugs to produce a stronger or different high. Regardless of the reason drugs are combined, multiple drug use can lead to multiple drug addiction. The risks involved with multiple drug abuse and addictions include overdose and permanent physical and psychological damage.

Help for Multiple Drug Addictions

While the presence of multiple addictions make rehab and recovery a greater challenge, there is hope. If you or a loved one is struggling with one or more addictions to a controlled substance, call our toll-free helpline. We are available 24 hours a day to talk about different drug addiction centers that can help you find the treatment solutions you need. Your recovery can begin today.