What Should I Do If I’m Addicted to Multiple Medications?

What Should I Do If I’m Addicted to Multiple Medications?

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), addiction to more than one medication is a common occurrence. SAMHSA reports that over half of all admissions to substance abuse treatment stated that they were addicted to multiple substances (also called polydrug abuse). SAMHSA also reported that among people who admitted polydrug abuse, alcohol was the most common substance reported, followed by marijuana, cocaine, opiates, and other drugs.

Why Seek Professional Treatment for Multiple Medication Addiction

The European Monitoring Center for Drugs and Drug Addiction reported that over time, those who abuse multiple drugs experience a much higher mortality rate (than the general population), caused by overdoses, violence, and even disease. This higher mortality rate is just one reason why it is important to seek help immediately if you are addicted to multiple medications.

Other reasons you should get help for addiction to multiple medications include the following:

  • More complicated withdrawal – According to a 2002 article in the journal Pharmacopsychiatry, abuse of multiple drugs leads to more complicated withdrawal. The body has a difficult enough time adjusting to the absence of one drug, so drug withdrawal from several substances at a time can create serious side effects on the body, including heart attack, coma, stroke, and even death.
  • Painful withdrawal – During detox, the body undergoes physiological changes that can be painful. The presence of more than one substance in the body can make that withdrawal more painful. Medical professionals can monitor those changes and will try to make you as comfortable as possible in those situations.
  • Need for medical supervision – In some circumstances, you will need to maintain certain drugs in your system because of medical or mental health conditions. In this instance, you need the help of professionals who can monitor your situation and can determine if and when you need to taper off medications or substitute other medicines altogether.
  • Need for psychiatric supervision – If you are taking prescription medication to deal with issues like PTSD, you may fear that those symptoms will return during detox. However, by seeking help for your addiction, you will be monitored closely by those trained in issues like PTSD. Getting help provides you the best opportunity for sobriety without compromising your mental health.

Getting help for addiction to multiple medications may seem scary, especially if you are experiencing physical pain or emotional trauma in your current life situation. However, treatment centers offer professional, tailored assistance for you so that you can find relief for your current situation while still seeking sobriety.

Getting Help for Addiction to Multiple Medications

If you or someone you love is struggling with addiction to multiple medications, we can help. Call our toll-free number any time, 24 hours a day to talk with one of our admissions counselors about the best treatment options for your unique situation. Don’t try to detox from multiple medications alone. Call us and get the tailored treatment you need for a successful recovery.