If you’re looking for a fun and relaxing night filled with instant blackouts, emergency trips to the hospital, and near-death experiences, this combination will definitely do it for you. It’s a mixture that can bring your heart to a screeching halt and leave you suffering from crippling disabilities for the rest of your life.
This potent concoction consists of the addictive drug Ativan and a notorious poison, alcohol. When taken together, it creates one of the deadliest combinations available, ruining the lives of thousands.
For those who don’t know, Ativan—also known as lorazepam in the medical community—is an extremely strong, addictive, immediate-duration benzodiazepine. Consider it a part of the family with other anti-anxiety meds such as Klonopin, Valium, and Xanax. Although it’s not as famous as some of its cousins, it’s actually the most potent benzo on the market.
On its own and without abuse, Ativan can make a very positive difference in the lives of those suffering from anxiety disorders. Biologically, the drug is intended to slow down brain activity, creating a “relaxed” feeling for those struggling with anxiety. While it can be an effective anti-anxiety solution, when abused, it can produce highness and euphoria, putting many at risk for abusive and life-threatening behaviors. The reason that it’s so powerful is because of its extremely short half-life, reaching peak blood levels within just an hour of consuming it.
And as we know, alcohol doesn’t have the best reputation either. Most are aware that the drug quickly poisons the body, putting it at risk for a variety of emergent and long-term issues. On its own, alcohol consumption can kill you. But when the two potent substances are mixed, a terrifying storm begins to brew that you cannot control.
Here are some of the greatest dangers you’re risking when consuming both Ativan and alcohol simultaneously.
When combining these two drugs, your body is immediately faced with several environmental threats. While alcohol is prone to make you tired, lightheaded, and drowsy, you are also confronted with the effects of the drug: concentration issues, movement and coordination difficulty, and delayed physical reactions. The side effects of this combination clearly that puts you at risk for a variety of external accidents, as well as internal bodily shut-downs.
Not surprisingly, a study conducted by Human Psychopharmacology explained that blood levels of alcohol and benzodiazepines were significantly higher in patients who received treatment for serious injuries, including those caused by motor vehicle accidents, falls, sports injuries, and acts of violence.
When these two dangerous drugs team up, it immediately sends signals to your brain telling it to shut down on certain body functions. This includes breathing. So, when taking the two, your body’s oxygen intake decreases and slowly begins to kill you.
Having healthy blood pressure is crucial to your heart’s functionalities. However, when mixing Ativan and alcohol, your body begins to produce hypotension, forcing the brain to slow down and decreasing your blood flow throughout your body.
Trust us; this isn’t the high you’re looking for. Forcing you to instantly blackout, if someone isn’t there to assist you and take you to a hospital, you are at risk for near-instant death.
Even if an overdose doesn’t occur, you’re prone to severe health issues in the long run. Some of the most commonly seen side effects are mobility issues, amnesia, a complete loss of inhibitions, changes in mood and behavior, and an increased likelihood of self-harm.
If you survive this dangerous combination, you’re still not safe from addiction. It’s very common for those who abuse Ativan and alcohol to become dependent on the mix. Especially for those who are accustomed to taking many drugs on a regular basis, it’s common to rely on Ativan for coming down from drugs like cocaine and meth or to ease withdrawal when they don’t have access to other drugs such as heroin. Unsurprisingly, when depending on Ativan to replace other drugs, addiction is bound to happen.
Not only does Polysubstance abuse with alcohol and Ativan come with the risk of addiction, polysubstance abuse, in general, can increase the likelihood of experiencing more dangerous or severe withdrawal symptoms during detox. In a recent study by The Recovery Village, we found that those who were detoxing from multiple substances were:
If you’ve flirted with the idea of this combination or have survived it yourself, don’t be afraid to reach out for professional help. This is an extremely dangerous and addictive road to head-on, and trying to overcome it on your own is an uphill battle you won’t win. So, take the brave step to talk to someone and move away from this terrifying drug. You’ll thank yourself for it in the long run.
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