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Crystal meth carries a wide variety of health risks from strokes to heart attacks and kidney failure. But combining crystal meth and alcohol is even more dangerous.
The biggest risk is to a user’s cardiovascular system. While crystal meth raises the heart rate, alcohol is linked to cardiomyopathy, arrhythmias, and high blood pressure. When someone uses both meth and alcohol, the risk to the heart and brain is compounded.
Meth and alcohol are dangerous in another way as well. Meth is considered an upper, meaning it blunts some of the depressive effects of alcohol. This can lead to more alcohol consumption than usual because you don’t feel as drunk.
The final effect of mixing meth and alcohol is psychological. Long-term addiction to the two drugs can lead to depression, anxiety, psychosis, and even suicidal thoughts.
Meth Drug Addiction
In the last few years, opioid and heroin have stolen the headlines. Our nation is in the middle of an opioid epidemic that kills around 115 people every day.
Public health officials have noticed a disturbing new trend. Some people addicted to heroin or painkillers are turning to crystal meth because it’s cheap and widely available. While it’s true opioids pose more of an overdose risk than meth, meth is incredibly dangerous and case death – especially when it’s combined with alcohol.
Alcohol Drug Addiction
It’s important to remember that alcohol remains the world’s most harmful drug, according to a study published in The Lancet. The study noted that alcohol has been linked to more than 60 diseases.
Alcohol was found to be the fourth most harmful drug to users and the first most harmful drug to society as a whole.
Hope and Healing at The Raleigh House
At The Raleigh House in Denver, Colorado, we take a whole-person approach to recovery. That means we don’t just get the alcohol out of your system. We work with you to help you recover psychologically, mentally, spiritually and socially as well. Rehab isn’t just about giving something up; it’s about getting your life back. Fill out our form or contact us today to learn more about the alcohol addiction treatment program or the crystal meth addiction treatment program at The Raleigh House.