Some people may combine these two drugs by accident. However, most individuals who mix methadone and alcohol do so purposely in an attempt to experience the high that these substances can produce. Unfortunately, there is no safe combination of methadone and alcohol and mixing these drugs can lead to overdose and even death.
If you are struggling with an addiction to methadone and/or alcohol and are unable to stop using these drugs, Vertava Health has several alcoholic treatment options available that can help you reclaim your life in sobriety once and for all.
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Methadone is a prescription medication used in the treatment of heroin and other opioid addiction. It is also used to manage moderate to severe pain that has not responded to other treatment methods. This drug is a Schedule II substance and is only available via prescription.
This medication is typically prescribed in tablet, liquid, or powder form. Methadone is considered an opioid agonist, meaning that it acts on the opioid receptors in the brain to reduce pain. However, methadone also works to block the euphoric feelings of drugs like heroin. This means that it can provide both the pain-relieving effects of an opioid while also helping to prevent further opioid use in individuals who are addicted to opiates.
While methadone is considered safer and less addictive than other opioids, it still comes with the potential for use and addiction. People who use methadone often take large amounts of the drug at once to experience the euphoric effects it can cause. Unfortunately, doing so drastically increases the risk of negative side effects and even overdose. Mixing methadone with alcohol only heightens the possibility that someone will experience these negative side effects.
Side Effects Of Mixing Methadone And Alcohol
When used responsibly, alcohol and methadone both can provide a number of benefits. However, when used in excess or when combined, these two substances can become dangerous and even deadly.
Potential side effects of mixing methadone and alcohol include:
- memory problems
- vomiting and nausea
- slurred speech
- depressed breathing and heart rate
- blurred vision
The more methadone and alcohol a person consumes, the more at risk he or she is for the negative side effects of these two drugs. Abusing these substances over an extended period of time can also result in a number of additional complications, including liver damage and high blood pressure.
Potential Dangers Of Mixing Alcohol And Methadone
What’s more, combining alcohol and methadone can greatly increase the risk of overdose. Both of these drugs are central nervous system (CNS) depressants, meaning that they slow down the CNS system when consumed. This can result in dangerously slowed breathing and heart rate that can lead to coma and even death.
Combining these two drugs can also cause a person to become intoxicated much quicker. This can result in someone participating in dangerous activities such as driving while under the influence or getting into a fight. Impaired judgment can increase the risk of injury and even death.
Treatment Options For Methadone And Alcohol Use And Addiction
If you or a loved one is struggling with methadone and/or alcohol addiction, seeking help is the best decision that can be made. While overcoming methadone addiction may feel daunting or even impossible, it’s important to know that you don’t have to do it alone. There are a number of methadone treatment options available – including those offered at Vertava Health rehab centers – that can help you overcome a substance use disorder and live a meaningful life in sobriety.
To learn more about the side effects and dangers of mixing methadone and alcohol, contact a treatment specialist today.