People use medications and substances to treat symptoms such as:
Dangerous Interactions of Medication and Substance AbuseUsing drugs and alcohol with other medications can be dangerous. Along with the medication side effects, substances may speed up the process. For example, if you are a bipolar alcoholic on lithium, you are speeding up liver damage. Both alcohol and lithium are metabolized in the liver, and the presence of both can overwhelm your liver, causing severe damage.
We know that:
- Alcohol and drugs reduce the effectiveness of your medication.
- You may incur additional damage on top of the original symptoms for which you received medication.
- The destructive interaction keeps you in the cycle of addiction because drugs and alcohol offer temporary psychological relief while creating more damage.