Mixing drugs is not a novel thing in healthcare. A combination approach to treatment has long been standard practice. However, drug abuse changes everything. What used to be an addiction to one drug at a time with addicts has been a polydrug exercise. When a person uses a drug for a long time, they develop tolerance. This means that they will need higher doses to achieve the same high.
Addicts seeking a stronger kick have discovered that when certain drugs are mixed, a less potent drug seems to amplify the effect a more potent one has. This amplification is based on synergism. The effects of two or more drugs used in combination result in a higher magnitude than each drug used at separate times.
The age of polydrug abuse and multiple drug addiction began as the number of drugs available grew exponentially since the 2010s. There is an almost infinite pool of drug combinations for addicts to try.
Drug addiction and drug mixing is not character flaw. Addicts who practice this have two significant reasons. It is usually done in an attempt to cope with depression, anxiety, or disorganization. A more extended escape from reality. On the other hand, the most common reason is recreational. People often mix drugs because they are seeking euphoria or an intense high.
The Risks of Mixing Suboxone and Ativan
Suboxone is a combination of buprenorphine and naloxone. It is a prescription opioid medication with narcotic properties, which is less dangerous than illicit opioids. This makes it very suitable as a replacement drug for managing opioid addiction. On the other hand, Ativan is a benzodiazepine used to treat anxiety.
As Suboxone is an opioid, it can produce euphoria similar to drug high, cause dependency and addiction in long-term users. Depending on the dosage, there is a moderate to significant interaction risk when Suboxone is mixed with Ativan.
Mixers may experience increased side effects of drug interaction such as:
Impairment in thinking
Flawed drug-induced judgment
Temporary loss of motor coordination
Mixing Suboxone with benzodiazepines like Ativan also increases the risk for potentially lethal respiratory depression, coma, and even death from a drug overdose.
The synergistic effect of Ativan with Suboxone increases its potency and puts the user at a higher risk of drug dependency and eventual addiction. Furthermore, having experienced the thrill or high from mixing drugs, a user may be tempted to more potent illicit drugs that are more readily available.
Find Help for Benzodiazepine Addiction
Rehab for polydrug abuse is based on the premise that addiction is a “bio-behavioral” compulsion. Since these drugs work by attaching to the brain’s opioid receptors, a rewiring of the brain occurs with long-term abuse. The goal of rehab is to reverse these effects on the mind and body.
Recovery begins on two fronts and starts with detox. Detox removes the accumulated toxins resulting from mixing Suboxone with Ativan. This is the physical treatment. On the other hand, cognitive-behavioral therapy helps the addict recover psychologically.
If you have a problem with mixing drugs, there is hope. NJ Addiction Resources can connect you with the best rehab programs in New Jersey, where you can access experienced therapists.
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