Polydrug use–the act of mixing various substances, illicit or prescription—can have dangerous and sometimes fatal consequences. It is imperative to be aware of potential side effects when taking any medication or drug, as well as the risks of adverse interactions when combining substances. Though neither alcohol nor Adderall are illicit substances, Adderall is prescription-only, and alcohol has recommended intake limits. When an individual abuses these drugs by taking them without prescription, in excessive quantities, or combining them, they put themselves at great risk of harm. 

Side Effects of Alcohol 

Alcohol is a depressant, meaning it slows down the functions of the central nervous system. Short-term side effects of alcohol abuse may include: 

  • Loss of coordination
  • Impaired judgement
  • Distorted vision and hearing
  • Slurred speech
  • Difficulty concentrating 
  • Drowsiness
  • Blackouts
  • Vomiting
  • Loss of consciousness

Side Effects of Adderall

Adderall is a stimulant, meaning it has an activating effect on the central nervous system. It is a prescription drug used to treat ADHD, however, it is often taken—and thus abused—by individuals who do not have a prescription.  Short-term effects of Adderall abuse may include: 

  • Loss of appetite
  • Rush of euphoria
  • Increased focus
  • Insomnia
  • Exaggerated shifts in mood
  • Restlessness
  • Anxiety
  • Rapid heart rate
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Seizures

Is Combining Alcohol and Adderall Dangerous? 

Yes, mixing alcohol and Adderall is dangerous, and potentially life-threatening. 

One of the reasons many people commonly combine stimulants and depressants is that they want the two drugs’ effects to “counterbalance” each other. For instance, large amounts of alcohol often make people drowsy and sleepy, but the wakening effect of a stimulant counteracts that. However, this way of thinking is extremely risky, because the stimulant can then mask important indicators that an individual has hit their limit. This can lead individuals to drink more than they normally would, significantly increasing the risk of alcohol poisoning. 

Individuals who combine alcohol and Adderall are also at increased risk of cardiac arrest, heart attack, and stroke. 

Addiction Treatment 

If you or a loved one are abusing alcohol and Adderall, it is crucial to seek treatment. Fortunately, help is available for those battling addiction. Depending on the stage of an individual’s addiction, they may require detox, an intensive treatment program, or both. Fortunately, Knoxville Recovery Center offers various services to those struggling with this addiction. 

Services offered: 

Detox – Our on-site detox clinic accommodates and supports clients as the body sheds all residual traces of alcohol and Adderall. Clients are under medical supervision during the detox process to ensure that they remain safe and comfortable. 

Addiction Treatment –  During our addiction treatment program, clients will engage in introductory therapies and exercises that work to prepare them for continued, more intensive treatment outside of our facility. The goal of our addiction treatment track is to stabilize clients so that they are treatment-ready. 

Mental Health Treatment – Our mental health treatment program introduces behavioral therapies rooted in self-expression and holistic exercise. Art therapy, music therapy, and yoga are just a few forms of therapy we offer at the center. Our goal is to help the client reclaim their voice and expose them to treatment within a professional facility. 

Aftercare Planning – Aftercare is designed for individuals who have benefitted from our introductory addiction services and are transitioning into a more intensive addiction treatment program. Once a client is stabilized, they will be encouraged to pursue continued addiction treatment. Our experienced case managers will then work with our clients to place them in a program that addresses their specific wants and needs. 

Addiction is difficult to overcome alone. If you feel that you or a loved one is struggling with alcohol and adderall abuse, our specialists are on standby and ready to help. Call Knoxville Recovery Center and speak with an addiction expert today.

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