When you use more than one drug, it complicates detox, recovery, and leading a sober life. One of the most dangerous combinations of substances includes benzos and alcohol. If you have multiple addictions that you would like to overcome, Bayview Recovery in Portland, OR, has addiction treatment programs that address both dependencies. Keep reading to find out more.
Are you battling mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety, causing you to use substances like benzodiazepines and alcohol? If so, you need to know that you’re not alone. With our polysubstance addiction treatment program, you will get the tools to manage your mental health conditions without substances. To learn more about our treatment options at Bayview Recovery, contact us today at 855.478.3650.
Benzos and Alcohol
While you may know the impact of benzos and alcohol, mixing these substances often leads to unexpected results. Because alcohol enhances the effect of benzos, you could end up overdosing, even if you use smaller amounts of each drug than usual.
Doctors prescribe benzodiazepines to clients with a history of seizures, anxiety, or muscle spasms. They can calm the part of your brain that manifests anxiety, making it easier for you to go to sleep. If you abuse this drug and drink alcohol or drink alcohol while correctly using your prescription, you can even go into a coma or die.
Ativan, Valium, Librium, Klonopin, and Xanax are brand names for drugs containing benzodiazepines. If you have a dependency on these or other substances, our caring addiction staff is ready to help you find your way back to a life free of drugs and alcohol.
What Happens to a Brain on Alcohol and Benzodiazepines?
When you take benzos and alcohol together, it amplifies the effects of both drugs. That’s because they affect the same part of your brain, heavily sedating it. These effects make it extremely dangerous to drive, operate machinery, and perform other tasks requiring coordination. Mixing benzos and alcohol can cause fainting and may make it difficult to breathe.
Clients who come to us with a polysubstance addiction to these two drugs receive a customized version of our alcohol and benzodiazepine addiction treatment programs. You may also benefit from our dual diagnosis treatment programs that deal with mental health issues impacting your recovery.
Dual Diagnosis Treatment Program
Our dual diagnosis treatment program can help you discover and deal with mental health issues that may influence your substance abuse. Traumatic events from the past, anxiety, depression, and loneliness all contribute to clients’ use of benzos and alcohol. The diagnosis of a co-occurring disorder helps you address the source of your feelings of sadness and hopelessness, trading them in for life skills that allow you to deal with stress in healthier ways. Dual diagnosis treatment will enable you to manage your conditions simultaneously, giving you the highest chance for long-term recovery.
Withdrawal Treatment for Benzos and Alcohol
Benzodiazepines can alleviate alcohol withdrawal symptoms when used at directed as part of an ultimate detox and recovery plan. Being addicted to benzos complicates your alcohol addiction treatment. Work with experienced, qualified professionals such as those at Bayview Recovery to safely wean off both substances.
Benzos and Alcohol Treatment in Portland
Are you ready to put your substance abuse behind you? Please choose from our comprehensive listing of substance abuse treatment programs or contact us at 855.478.3650 for assistance. At Bayview Recovery, we offer a hands-on approach and offer individual and group therapy sessions to nurture communities that can last long after your time with us in Portland. Start today and recover from your benzos and alcohol polysubstance addiction while building a solid basis for a drug-free future.