Mixing Cocaine with Other Drugs Contributes to Higher Adverse Effects

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While it’s probably very hard for a non-drug user to understand the possible benefits of mixing addictive drugs, polydrug use is a very common phenomenon. According to the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, polydrug use represents a significant proportion of medical emergencies. Simultaneous use of illicit drugs, alcohol and/or prescription drugs can cause interactions that take a toll on the user’s health. New, toxic substances can be formed through these interactions.

Also, use of one substance like alcohol can impair one’s ability to keep track of how much of another substance, like cocaine or heroin, was also used. This can lead to an overdose. Polydrug use can also contribute to an increased risk of traffic accidents.

But according to users, the skillful combining of drugs can enable them to tailor the effect they want. Use of benzodiazepines after stimulant use (like cocaine or methamphetamine) could enable a person to sleep.

Or the effect of an additional drug can offset an undesirable effect of another drug. Cocaine use can enable a person to avoid the sedating effect of alcohol and thus stay up longer and drink more. In some parts of Europe, the percentage of cocaine users who mix alcohol and cocaine reached 94%.

Speedball Use is a Mixture of Cocaine and Heroin

One of the original drug combinations that grew popular was heroin and cocaine together, either snorted or injected. However, this combination has resulted in the deaths of many people. In the US, entertainers John Belushi, Chris Farley, and River Phoenix all died from this combination.

While use of the new synthetic drug “bath salts” by itself is dangerous enough, when it was used with cocaine by a woman in Alaska, she suffered a cardiac arrest but managed to survive.

Essentially, polydrug use makes a dangerous habit – substance abuse – even more dangerous. This makes it all the more essential to help an addicted person engaged in polydrug use find sobriety through drug rehabilitation.

Polydrug Addicts Find Recovery at Narconon Drug Rehabs

It doesn’t matter if a person is addicted to one drug or several, the route to recovery is the same at Narconon drug rehab centers. Rehab for cocaine addiction requires the same restoration of self-respect and personal integrity as addiction to any other drugs.

At a Narconon center, cocaine addiction rehab involves helping a person come back to life after the deadness of addiction. In part, this is accomplished through the Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, a sauna-based program that combines time in the sauna with moderate exercise and an exact nutritional regimen. This combination results in the activation of the body’s ability to eliminate old lodged drug toxins that are stored in fatty tissues of the body. When these residues are gone, those in recovery talk about better energy, sharper taste, and smell, clearer thinking, and loss of cravings.

Cocaine addiction rehab is furthered by the learning of the skills necessary to live sober and productive.

The goal of the Narconon program is to enable each person to make drug-free decisions that maintain sobriety for the long-term, and to restore each person’s ability to live a productive, enjoyable life again.

Cocaine addiction rehab can result in lasting sobriety when Narconon is the recovery program chosen. Find out more about this holistic treatment program today.


Sue Birkenshaw

Sue has worked in the addiction field with the Narconon network for three decades. She has developed and administered drug prevention programs worldwide and worked with numerous drug rehabilitation centers over the years. Sue is also a fine artist and painter, who enjoys traveling the world which continues to provide unlimited inspiration for her work. You can follow Sue on Twitter, or connect with her on LinkedIn.