Mixing Adderall and alcohol is a risky habit. Adderall, often used to treat Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), is a stimulant. Alcohol is a depressant. When taken together, each drug cancels out the effects of the other. When this happens, the person who’s mixing the two may accidentally overdose on one or both. If you’re currently taking Adderall in combination with regular alcohol usage, seeking treatment at an Adderall detox center in Houston may help you stop.
Serenity House Detox & Recovery Center in Houston, TX offers the highest quality of care to clients attempting to heal from substance use disorder. As an important first step along the road to recovery, detox flushes your body of all traces of Adderall and alcohol, so you’re free to enter into treatment for your disorder. If you’re ready to find treatment for your polysubstance abuse, please contact Serenity House Detox & Recovery Houston today at 866.516.8356.
Why Adderall and Alcohol?
ADHD is a highly manageable disorder, but it comes with a full complement of problematic symptoms. People who suffer from ADHD may experience some or all of them, including:
- Inability to focus
Sometimes, a person who suffers from ADHD will use alcohol to help alleviate their symptoms. While self-medicating with alcohol is never good, mixing it with ADHD medications, such as Adderall, is worse. Short-term usage of alcohol actually increases dopamine levels in your brain, releasing those feel-good emotions. Long-term usage, however, does just the opposite, making symptoms worse than they were before.
Alcohol mixed with Adderall can loop you in a vicious cycle, which you may have trouble breaking.
Dangers of Polysubstance Abuse
If you’re using Adderall to control your ADHD symptoms, mixing this medication with alcohol can reduce its effectiveness. It also means that the alcohol’s effects are duller than they would be if you’re using alcohol alone. As a result, you may think that these substances aren’t working effectively, so you need to drink more and take more of the medication. Unfortunately, the actual contents of both substances are still the same, which makes it much more likely that you’ll overdose on either Adderall or alcohol, or both.
If you mix several substances, there are also a variety of potential side effects that wouldn’t occur if you consume alcohol or Adderall alone. The possible effects of combining these substances include:
- Potential for developing a range of psychological issues
- Increased risk of heart attack or stroke
- Heightened risk for alcohol poisoning
In addition, continuing to use a large combination of alcohol and Adderall can lead to an addiction to both conditions, leading to polysubstance addiction. Therefore, it is nearly always best to find the services of a professional detox program, such as the one we offer at Serenity House Detox & Recovery Houston.
What Happens During Detox?
After making the decision to reach out for help, detox is the next step in your recovery journey. During detox, your body is deprived of the drug in question, which may lead to uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. When you detox at a reputable facility, under medical supervision, we can help lessen the effects of these symptoms. When alcohol is involved, withdrawal symptoms may be more severe and include:
- Hand and body tremors
- Delirium Tremens, a potentially fatal side effect of severe alcohol use disorder
These symptoms may begin as early as 24 hours after the cessation of alcohol and last for up to 72 hours or more. A quality alcohol detox program, like the one offered at Serenity House Detox & Recovery, may utilize safe, replacement medications to help minimize the uncomfortable side effects that accompany withdrawal.
Why Do I Need to Detox?
Detox is important because it rids your body of drugs and the adverse effects they may have on perception, productivity, motivation, and energy. Recovery takes dedication and a willingness to work toward a difficult goal. For someone who still exists under the haze and false security of a chemical substance, making this declaration is nearly impossible.
Detox from Adderall and alcohol by itself, however, is rarely enough to achieve recovery. Detox is a solid first step, but the real work begins with behavioral therapy that effects changes in negative patterns of thinking. Treatment for Adderall and alcohol use disorder in Houston nearly always requires admission to a quality facility. Detox makes this next step possible.
When You’re Ready to Reach Out
Alcohol is a popular drug of choice in Houston. A full 18 percent of adults in Harris County admitted to binge drinking or heavy drinking in 2019. When combined with other drugs, such as stimulants, opioids, or benzo, alcohol can be serious or even fatal. If you or someone you love regularly drinks alcohol while taking prescription or illicit drugs, reach out to Serenity House today.
Detox at Serenity House includes calm surroundings that feature outdoor fountains, landscaping and an upscale atmosphere. Our therapy spaces are comfortably furnished with your relaxation in mind. Best of all, our experienced and compassionate staff understands the challenges that accompany detox. They’re well-equipped to help guide you through what may be the most important task you’ll ever face.
Reach out to Serenity House today at 866.516.8356 to claim the life you were always intended to live. Detox safely from Adderall and alcohol, surrounded by compassionate people who care, before you begin that next beautiful step called recovery.