The abuse and addiction of alcohol and cocaine is something that affects thousands of people in the United States. While alcohol is a legal substance, made in many different forms, millions of people still struggle with alcohol abuse.
Alcohol is a system depressant that slows down the body’s vital functions and causes unsteady movement, slurred speech, incoherent perception, slowed reactions, and lowered inhibitions, blurred vision, sleepiness, and upset stomach.
What Damage Does Cocaine Do?
Cocaine is an illegal substance that is also abused by thousands of people. This substance is a powerful stimulant drug made from coca leaves. It comes in either a powdered form or a freebase rock form called crack. Cocaine causes effects such as an energetic and intense high, extreme mental alertness, high blood pressure, and heart palpitations, high body temperature, increased risk-taking, anxiety, paranoia, restlessness, irritability, insomnia, and intense drug cravings.
Mixing Cocaine and Alcohol
While these two substances create opposite effects they are commonly used together. People who have an alcohol problem may mix cocaine into their use to reverse the negative effects alcohol has on their body or alcohol may be used to reduce the side effects of cocaine. Mixing drugs like this can be very dangerous and is indicative of polydrug abuse.
Cocaine and alcohol are both metabolized in the liver. The results can put a lot of stress on the body’s major organs, specifically the liver itself and the cardiovascular system. This can lead to heart attack, brain damage, liver disease, and heart disease.
Alcohol and Cocaine Addiction
Successfully getting yourself out of alcohol and cocaine addiction can be tricky and also dangerous without getting help. When it comes to cocaine and alcohol addiction, there is no one size fits all approach but they should be treated simultaneously to ensure the maximum amount of success. When it comes to addiction to just one, or both, of these substances.
Getting clean and sober is hard to do on your own. Yes, stopping cocaine and alcohol is what is best for you, but it can be dangerous to go through the process of recovery by yourself and without medical professionals to help you.
The withdrawal symptoms associated with these drugs are not only extremely uncomfortable; they can also be dangerous and fatal. You also run the risk of not making it through detox when on your own as so many people turn back to drugs and alcohol simply so they do not have to feel the symptoms. When choosing to get sober, it is always recommended to start your journey in rehab in a medical detox program. Medical detox is the process of eliminating the drugs and alcohol from your system in a safe and comfortable environment.
Treatment is the First Step to Sobriety
Once detox has been completed, the most effective thing you can do is to not just focus on the substance abuse, but to address all of your needs and get to the root of what causes the substance abuse in the first place. This will involve psychological treatment like cognitive-behavioral therapy, motivational enhancement therapy, and individual, group, or family counseling.
Counseling like this is offered in both inpatient and outpatient treatment, both of which we recommend after completing detox. This is a great way to understand your addiction and what you are feeling inside that causes the drug use to begin with.
Overcome Addiction to Cocaine and Alcohol
Cocaine and alcohol are very addictive and dangerous substances when they are taken alone. When they are combined, the risk and threat are that much more heightened. If you or someone you love have a drug and alcohol problem, now is the time to turn your life around and get the help you need.
If you or a loved one suffer from cocaine and alcohol addiction, Garden State Treatment Center can help find the best way to help them get to sobriety. We can help you or someone you know overcome an addiction to cocaine and alcohol.