Hydrocodone can be a dangerous drug to abuse by itself, but even more so when mixed with other substances, such as party drugs like meth or MDMA. In fact, by itself hydrocodone can cause any of the following problems:
- Difficulty breathing
- Rapid heart beat
- Irregular heart beat
- Impaired motor control
- Memory problems
However, when hydrocodone is mixed with a party drug like meth or MDMA, the effects can be significantly more dangerous, and possibly fatal. This drug is a downer since it depresses the central nervous system, but party drugs like meth and MDMA are uppers since they have the opposite effect. Mixing uppers with downers is dangerous, because the two substances can mask each other’s effects, which commonly leads people to abuse higher doses of each type to feel high. Unfortunately, in the process of chasing a high they may take more drugs than they can handle, which increases the likelihood of a potentially fatal overdose. Other dangers of combining hydrocodone with party drugs can include the following issues:
- Severe respiratory depression
- Respiratory failure
- Heart attack
- Liver damage
- Kidney damage
- Impaired judgment
- Decreased critical thinking ability
- Decreased psychomotor skills
Mixing hydrocodone with party drugs will likely cause someone to increase her doses of each substance to achieve a heightened sense of wellbeing. As the doses increase, the risk for respiratory depression also increases until the respiratory system eventually shuts down. When this reaction occurs, loss of consciousness results that may cause a coma, which increases the likelihood of death.
Professional treatment for substance abuse is essential to avoiding the dangers of mixing hydrocodone with party drugs. The longer substances like hydrocodone or meth are abused, the more likely someone is to become addicted to drugs.
How Professional Treatment Addresses Substance Abuse
Substance abuse often persists as drugs damage the brain, because people lose the ability to refuse drug use. As addiction sets, users can no longer control their drug-seeking behavior, but professional treatment at a licensed rehab facility can help addicts safely and successfully withdraw from hydrocodone. Once an addict is sober, professional treatment will help her learn new skills that help her overcome cravings. With continued support, behavioral therapy and encouragement, addicts learn to live in recovery from addiction.
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