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Dangers of Mixing Adderall and Alcohol

woman seated on her bedroom floor in a darkened room staring out a window at night experiencing the dangers of Adderall and alcohol.

Alcohol is a popular narcotic that many people will mix with illegal and prescription drugs to alter the effects and experience a more intense high. The lack of knowledge about the dangers of mixing substances like Adderall and alcohol has led to an increase in addiction cases and overdose deaths all across the country. The mixing of a stimulant and a depressant can be a deadly combination that can lead to a polysubstance use disorder, increased risk of depression, and cardiac arrest.

Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek supports individuals who are abusing alcohol and other substances through the recovery process at our private facility in Florida. Our programs include behavioral and holistic therapies along with medical support to give patients a better chance at recovery. You will work closely with a professional therapist who will uncover the root cause of the addiction and begin teaching you healthy coping skills to manage symptoms and triggers.

If you are looking for a Florida alcohol rehab facility, you can send us an email or call 866.693.3871 today to schedule a tour and begin a healing journey.

Why You Should Avoid Mixing Substances

Alcohol is as much a part of our society as is apple pie and baseball. We grew up watching our parents drinking and having a good time, which formed an unconscious desire for alcohol without really knowing what it was. Not to mention all of the ads, television shows, films, and music that promote drug and alcohol use.

Today, it is very common for people to mix alcohol with several types of legal and illegal substances. The types of substances that people mix with alcohol the most include:

  • Depressants – Xanax, Valium, Ativan, Ambien, cannabis
  • Stimulants – Ritalin, Adderall, Concerta, cocaine, heroin
  • Prescription opioids – Vicodin, OxyContin, Percocet, fentanyl, morphine

When you mix alcohol with another depressant like cannabis or Ambien, you heighten the effects of each drug and run the risk of unconsciousness, respiratory depression, coma, and death. Likewise, mixing a depressant and a stimulant together can lead to heart attacks, hypertension, and brain damage.

Mixing substances will also lead to a polysubstance use disorder. This type of disorder is a result of abusing multiple substances, which can take longer to treat and fully recover.

Evoke Wellness welcomes Florida residents who have developed an addiction to multiple substances and need help stopping the abuse. Our residential treatment programs are built around your unique symptoms and triggers and will include group and private therapy sessions with an experienced behavioral therapist.

The Dangers of Mixing Adderall and Alcohol

Adderall is a stimulant that people take to treat attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and narcolepsy. It contains amphetamine and dextroamphetamine and is an FDA-approved medication. It is popular with college students and young adults because of its increased mental focus and alertness.

Mixing Adderall and alcohol is a life-threatening combination because the use of a stimulant and a depressant will create a masked intoxication. This type of inebriation is where one intoxicating substance masks the other. The effect causes people to feel less intoxicated than they really are. They think they can drink more, which can lead to alcohol poisoning and other deadly situations.

Additional dangers of mixing Adderall and alcohol include:

  • Cardiovascular complications – Alcohol and Adderall alone will increase your heart rate and blood pressure. Taking them together doubles the rate of increase and can lead to heart attack or stroke. Those with a preexisting heart condition should avoid taking alcohol and Adderall together.
  • Impaired judgment and coordination – Combining these two substances has an adverse effect on motor control, coordination, and rational thinking. There is a higher risk of injury due to falls and accidents, decreased reaction times, and a lack of rational thinking.
  • Polysubstance use disorder – Having an addiction to multiple substances will complicate the recovery process and require longer recovery times. While this disorder is treatable, some people may need to continue taking medication and talking with a therapist for several years.
  • Mental health risks – People with a substance use disorder are more likely to develop additional mental health disorders, like depression, anxiety, and psychosis. If this happens, it can complicate the recovery process as one disorder can hide the other.

All types of substance use disorders are treatable through a combination of medication and behavioral and holistic therapies. This combination creates a well-rounded treatment program that addresses the physical and psychological aspects of the addiction.

Find a Florida Alcohol Rehab at Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek

At Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek, we are well aware of the dangers of mixing Adderall and alcohol and work hard to support Florida residents who are struggling with a polysubstance use disorder. Our programs combine a number of proven therapeutic techniques, including:

If you are ready to begin a conversation about improving your physical and mental health, call 866.693.3871 today to speak with one of our caring team members or contact Evoke Wellness at Coconut Creek online.