Signs of Polysubstance Abuse

girl wondering if she is showing signs of polysubstance abuse

Signs of Polysubstance Abuse

By Lakeview Health
Lakeview Health
Published: August 21, 2020

Polysubstance abuse is a condition in which a person uses more than one drug at a time. Often, they seek out a second drug to compliment or otherwise alter the effects of the initial drug. Doing this can be very dangerous. It can lead to dependence and addiction. Our team at Lakeview Health provides support to those who see the signs of polysubstance abuse in themselves or their loved ones.

Are you battling an addiction to one or more substances? If so, our treatment programs can help. With evidence-based and holistic treatment options and an excellent treatment team, at Lakeview Health, we give you the tools you need to put polysubstance abuse in the past. To learn more about your treatment options, contact Lakeview Health today by calling 866.704.7692.

What Is Polysubstance Abuse?

A person who is abusing more than one drug at a time is engaging in polysubstance abuse. Many people do this to overcome mental health disorders, such as depression and anxiety, through self-medicating. More people do it to counteract the effects of the other substance they’re using. Others do it as they continue to look at how they can achieve a high. In all cases, it is dangerous, especially when the signs of polysubstance abuse become evident to others. At this point, it is likely that you’ll need help to work through your addiction.

What Are the Most Common Signs of Polysubstance Abuse?

The type of drug used along with a person’s unique habits can play a role in whether or not you can notice the signs of polysubstance abuse in your loved ones. It is very common for men and women to be able to live what seems to be normal lives, which can be called high functioning addiction. Yet, some of the warning signs will begin to develop over the short term. This may include:

  • Changes in their behavior, such as hiding their drug use or downplaying it
  • Seeking out alcohol to use along with prescription medications
  • Changes in their appearance, such as red eyes or weight loss
  • Frantic, agitated, or panicked if they are unable to access the drug of choice
  • Mixing along with illicit drugs to chase a high

When any of these signs of polysubstance abuse are occurring, it may also indicate that a person is reaching a level of tolerance. As a person continues to use drugs and alcohol, he or she may find it hard to stop using substances. This indicates a dependence and the presence of withdrawal symptoms. Yet, for many, the body and brain become used to the person’s drug use, leading to tolerance.

What Can You Do About It?

If you or a loved one is experiencing the signs of polysubstance abuse, it is critical to take action to get help. Our team offers a full complement of services to help you, including:

After detox, you will find it is possible to work through your addiction, including why you started using substances in the first place. For those using more than one substance, the risks of medical complications and overdose are high. Taking action soon is important.

Seek Out Treatment at Lakeview Health

The signs of polysubstance abuse can be worrisome. You may not know the first step to take to getting help. However, at Lakeview Health, we know what you’re going through because we’ve helped so many others work through it and towards recovery. Contact Lakeview Health today at 866.704.7692 to learn more about how we can help you.

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