Everyone struggles with something. Anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and borderline personality disorder all produce symptoms that may require medication. What isn’t discussed in the midst of describing these symptoms is whether or not your addiction is producing these symptoms. And in true form with addiction, you look for a pill or a drink to solve your problems.
However, you may not know whether or not your medication is working if you also use drugs or alcohol. The National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) reports that many medications can interact with alcohol, leading to increased risk of illness, injury or death. For example, the NIAAA estimates that alcohol-medication interactions may be a factor in at least 25 percent of all emergency room admissions.
Using 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.
To know exactly what your underlying issues are, you must fully detox at an inpatient detox center, then enter drug rehab to eliminate addiction.
The safest way to eliminate your addiction is in a drug rehab. You can be properly detoxed off those substances that are negatively affecting your regular medications.
Lakeview Health is a hospital equipped to manage your medical and mental health needs while you detox from drugs and alcohol. Our dual diagnosis center’s staff is specially trained to help you with all your mental health issues. Our doctors and nurses are equipped to properly medicate and monitor your progress making your discomfort as minimal as possible.
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