Medication should only be taken under the direct supervision of a qualified physician who understands how different drugs interact with each other and with the body. Two drug types that have major effects on the body are tranquilizers and prescription pain relievers. Although dangerous alone, taking these two drugs together intensifies the chemical effects and health risks on the body.
Tranquilizers fall under the category of central nervous system depressants. They are also known as sedatives. These types of drugs can slow brain activity and produce a calming effect. They are used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders, as well as anxiety problems and panic attacks. Tranquilizers are not usually prescribed for long-term usage because of the high risk for dependence and addiction.
Prescription pain relievers are typically used to manage pain for a short period of time, such as after an injury or following surgery. Prescription pain relievers interact with the central nervous system (CNS) as well.
Why Do Tranquilizers and Prescription Pain Relievers Form a Harmful Combination?
Both tranquilizers and prescription pain relievers slow down the central nervous system and produce a calming effect. When taken together, the euphoric feelings they produce are amplified. However, taking the drugs together also increases the risk of serious side effects, including heart failure, coma, and addiction. In addition, those who take these two drugs concurrently may become unaware of their surroundings, and disoriented and confused, putting them in danger of high-risk behaviors, which could also lead to other negative consequences.
What Does Detox from Prescription Pain Relievers and Tranquilizers Involve?
Another danger in taking tranquilizers and prescription pain relievers together is the addictive properties of both. When taken individually, withdrawal from either drug can be a painful and difficult process. Withdrawing from tranquilizers can lead to death if done too quickly, sending the body into shock when the drug is absent from the system. Those individuals who are dependent on both drugs suffer more severe withdrawal symptoms than those who withdraw from just one of the drugs. Because of the complicated interaction between the two drugs and their influence on the body, withdrawing from these drugs should only be done under the care of a physician.
What Do Tranquilizers and Prescription Pain Reliever Addiction Rehabilitation Involve?
During and after detox, you will undergo either in-patient or intense outpatient therapy, or a combination of both over time. During treatment, you will identify and seek to break the habits that you developed as an addict. You will also identify and work through any underlying emotional or relational issues you have that could have triggered the addiction. This will happen in group therapy and/or individual counseling. You will also work on building the skills necessary to re-enter your life drug-free.
Getting Help for Your Addiction
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