What Is Poly Addiction Treatment?

It is not uncommon for people to experiment with mixing alcohol and drugs or taking multiple drugs to alter the effects of being high.  While this may be a common practice, especially amongst young people, taking more than one substance is not only dangerous, it is also becoming an increasingly dangerous trend, otherwise known professionally as polysubstance abuse. The team of addiction interventionists in New Jersey with North Jersey Rehabs is not only acutely aware of this issue, we work tirelessly, fighting tooth and nail to help all of our patients overcome their substance abuse issues. For today’s article, let’s talk about polysubstance abuse: What is poly addiction treatment?

Defining Polysubstance Abuse

A study conducted by the Boston Medical Center Study, has found that overdose deaths involving multiple substances amongst people ages 13-25, increased by 376% from 1999-2018. Combining drugs can lead to polysubstance abuse, which is when a person is addicted to taking multiple substances and drug use in general. Treating polysubstance dependence and abuse requires intervention from a team of addiction interventionists in New Jersey, who can work to address the varying effects of every substance involved, further working to understand how each one factors into the addiction.

Typically speaking, the combinations that qualify for polysubstance abuse include the pairing of primary substances like Cocaine, Xanax, Heroin, or Adderall. The difference between polysubstance abuse and a co-occurring substance use disorder is that polysubstance is marked by an indiscriminate use of a range of substances, rather than having two primary substances of abuse.

Why Polysubstance Is Lethal For All Users

Polysubstance dependence and abuse is unsafe, because the combination of these substances can lead to many unwanted side effects. This includes respiratory depression, seizures, heart attacks, organ failure, and psychosis, amongst other varying health complications. In the long-run, people may develop a range of symptoms like depression and anxiety, even experiencing a compounding of trauma, due to the deviant behaviors and scenarios that stem from the addiction. Additionally, polysubstance abuse augments the risk of health complications, overdose, and death. Data pulled from the CDC’s overdose reporting system confirms it. Here is what we know:

  • Back in 2018, almost 63% of opioid overdose deaths involved non-opioid substances like Cocaine and Benzodiazepines. 
  • In that same year, the CDC found that amongst the 15,000 reported Cocaine overdose deaths, 110,000 involved opioids.

Your risk of overdose shoots up when mixing substances, because one drug can mask the effects of another. This leads a person to take a dose their body is not capable of handling. Moreover, the interaction of the substances may compound the effects, which is usually the case when two depressants like alcohol and opioids are mixed together

The Signs Of Polysubstance Abuse

If you are worried that someone you care deeply about is misusing a deadly concoction of multiple drugs, you might be looking for symptoms of polysubstance abuse. Despite the fact that it might prove more difficult to recognize the symptoms, there are signs that are indicative that someone is struggling with this addiction disorder: This can include:

  • A noticeable change in personality or behavior
  • Trouble keeping up with schoolwork, job responsibilities, obligations, or your personal relationships
  • Losing interest in hobbies, friends, or activities. 
  • Suffering from mood swings or irritability
  • An increased need for privacy or sneaking around
  • Visible intoxication (e.g., slurred speech, disorientation, droopy eyelids, lack of coordination, speaking really quickly, dilated pupils, bloodshot eyes, jaw clenching, etc.)
  • Asking for money or stealing money to buy drugs
  • Going to doctors for frequent prescriptions
  • Disappearing for indefinite periods of time, without explanation
  • Running into trouble with the law

Every person displays these signs differently within their addiction, and it may not always be so simple to recognize these signs in the early stages. With regard to polysubstance abuse, it can be more arduous to recognize, since the person may not always display obvious signs, associated with specific substances like Heroin or Methamphetamine use. 

Polysubstance Abuse Treatment: With Our Addiction Interventionists In New Jersey

Detox for polysubstance abuse requires medical supervision. The patient may be plagued with a medley of withdrawal symptoms, depending on the substances that they have developed a physical and psychological dependence on. For the sake of safety, it’s best that the person stays at a medically supervised detox facility. This guarantees that they will be carefully monitored around the clock, and treated with the utmost care from our treatment professionals. Treatment of this nature also requires taking an individualized approach. A treatment facility like ours, will always make it easy to access clinicians and therapists, who will target all the issues that relate to your addiction. Apart from managing the physical components of polysubstance abuse, working on your coping skills in the midst of this program, is without a doubt, significant. It will be a useful tool for healthily managing cravings and triggers, and it provides a personalized recovery plan for the long term.

Poly Addiction Tackled Head On: North Jersey Rehabs Will Provide Addiction Interventionists In New Jersey

We connect and treat people from all walks of life, who are suffering from the grips of addictions. We will listen to your story and provide a structured environment that encourages recovery at your own pace. If you or someone you love is ready to turn their life around and commit to poly addiction treatment and sobriety, contact North Jersey Rehabs today! 


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