Polysubstance abuse sounds like a difficult problem to develop. But it is actually quite easy to find yourself in the middle of this type of substance abuse problem. It is simply using more than one substance at a time to get high or self-medicate. At its simplest, this type of substance abuse and addiction involves alcohol mixed with drugs like cocaine or marijuana.
If you suffer this type of drug problem or another addiction, you need rehab treatment and sober living programs Palm Springs CA trusts. Below, learn more answers to questions like, “What is polysubstance abuse?”
About Polysubstance Abuse
So what is polysubstance abuse? This type of drug use involves dependency or addiction to multiple drugs at once. Or you use multiple drugs at the same time, possibly using one to counteract how another one makes you feel. This type of abuse puts you at risk for major problems, even death.
Some multi-drug abuse involves two or more drugs bought on the street or through prescription. Alcohol often comes with substance abuse. Unfortunately, people suffering dependence or addiction to multiple drugs face extreme health and life risks. Treatment also proves more difficult than for addiction to one drug.
Why do people use more than one substance at a time?
Abusing multiple drugs usually begins when you build up a tolerance to one drug and still want to feel high. After tolerance, you either increase your dose amount or frequency to keep feeling high from the same drug, or you seek another drug to add to your mix. Other people like the more powerful effects using a second drug brings. Or they use more than one substance because one counterbalances the impact of the other.
The people most often at risk for polysubstance drug abuse are those with an alcohol dependency. Alcohol is their first drug, with cocaine or another substance being their second. The same type of problem develops for people who drink alcohol with anxiety, pain, or depression medications.
Some social scenes lend themselves to higher rates of polydrug abuse. This proves true in the rave or club scene, where ecstasy, cocaine, and other drugs flow as freely as alcohol. Cocaine and heroin also often go together in a dangerous drug cocktail called a speedball.
Regardless of how you find yourself in polysubstance abuse, you need help from a quality Palm Springs treatment center. Through the right addiction treatment, you can stop abusing substances and learn how to stay sober in healthy recovery.
How to Put Your Polydrug Abuse Behind You
Addiction is a disease that takes time, effort, energy, and resilience to overcome. But you can do it, with the right therapies and treatment approaches. These approaches must include an individualized treatment plan that meets your unique needs. It also must include a mix of therapies, education, and support.
Therapies and treatments for your best chance of polysubstance recovery include:
- Detox, residential, PHP, IOP and OP rehab
- Dual diagnosis treatment
- Extended care 90-day rehab
- Sober living
- Individual and group therapies
- Equine therapy
- Neurofeedback and biofeedback therapy
Phoenix Rising in Palm Springs, CA provides all of these treatment programs and methods for polysubstance abuse. Call Phoenix Rising now at 855.232.8211 to learn more about available programs and your options for individualized treatment.