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Dangers of Mixing Adderall and Alcohol

young woman hunched over bathroom sink holding her head in her hands experiencing the dangers of mixing adderall and alcohol

When struggling with an addiction, it is very easy to fall victim to using other substances. What people may not realize is that some combinations of drugs and alcohol are more dangerous than others. It’s essential to know the risks and dangers whether you are the person using the substances or you have a loved one you are concerned may be engaging in risky behavior by mixing substances. For more information on what polysubstance abuse looks like and what the alcohol addiction treatment options are in Texas, call The Arbor at 844.413.2690.

Why You Shouldn’t Mix Adderall and Alcohol

Drug and alcohol misuse is dangerous. Abusing multiple substances is even more dangerous. Many times, those taking a drug prescribed by their doctor—like Adderall—may not even realize that they cannot drink alcohol or take other recreational drugs when using their prescribed drug. Unfortunately, an addiction to either the prescribed drug, the additional recreational substance, or an addiction to both can arise. This is known as polysubstance abuse.

When used as prescribed, Adderall can be very helpful for those suffering from conditions like ADHD. Users experience mental clarity, better focus, and increased energy. However, each drug has its own characteristics that can be heightened when taken at higher levels than prescribed or taken with other substances. When taken with alcohol, Adderall actually masks the effects of alcohol. The stimulant nature of Adderall offsets the depressant nature of alcohol, so people do not even realize how intoxicated they are. This creates a very dangerous situation. People think they are ok to do things like drive a car, where they can potentially do massive harm to themselves and others. This combination can also cause blackouts and put them in situations where they can be taken advantage of or end up in a compromising situation.

Polysubstance Abuse Treatment

If multiple substances are being abused, it can be even more difficult to manage the process of removing all of those substances from your body. Professional treatment programs can ensure that this withdrawal happens in a safe, structured, and fully supervised manner. When dealing with treatment for polysubstance abuse, a residential treatment program is the most immersive as far as levels of support, care, and supervision. In this treatment scenario, you are able to altogether remove yourself from the life that revolved around addiction and fully focus on treatment. Outpatient options are also available for polysubstance abuse treatment but should be coupled with a strong sober support network at home to ensure a successful treatment and recovery journey.

Once withdrawal is complete and the substances are completely removed from the body, a personalized treatment plan unique to the individual will be created. A variety of therapies can be used as part of polysubstance abuse treatment to get each person on the road to a successful recovery.

Behavioral therapies include:

  • Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT)
  • Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing (EMDR)
  • Motivational interviewing
  • 12-Step facilitation therapy

Experiential therapies include:

  • Yoga
  • Equine therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Nature therapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Breathing exercises

Reach Out to The Arbor For Guidance On Drug and Alcohol Treatment Options

Depending on your needs, The Arbor offers residential and outpatient treatment options. Evidence-based therapeutic methods are used to treat a variety of addictions, including polysubstance abuse. This holistic approach includes a combination of traditional therapy, behavioral therapies, experiential therapies, and peer support.

Programs and services at The Arbor include:

  • Residential treatment
  • Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
    Sober Living
  • Relapse prevention
  • Family program
  • Experiential therapies like equine therapy and yoga
  • Alumni program

Reach out to a team member today at 844.413.2690 or contact The Arbor online to find out what treatment looks like on our campus in Georgetown, Texas.