Dangers of Combining Prescription Painkillers and Tranquilizers

Dangers of Combining Prescription Painkillers and TranquilizersCertain drugs should never be mixed. Combining painkillers and tranquilizers is dangerous on many levels. Both drugs are central nervous system depressants that may slow heart, lung or brain functions to critical or even fatal levels. Combining these medications will also greatly accelerate the addiction process. Medications should never be combined without specific authorization from a doctor due to the many potential complications.

Painkillers, Tranquilizers and Overdose

Prescription painkillers are often derivatives of opiates such as heroin or morphine. These drugs give users a euphoric high as they block any emotional or physical pain from being perceived in the brain. Over time, however, users develop a tolerance to opiates. They will require larger and more frequent doses in order to feel the desired euphoria. When users increase their use of these drugs in order to intensify their high, they run a very high risk of becoming addicted.

Modern tranquilizers are often in the benzodiazepine family of medications. These drugs also produce a slight high when first taken. Users become tolerant to the effects of benzodiazepines very quickly. In order to increase their euphoria, these users may combine the drugs with alcohol or narcotics. This kind of drug combining can have a multiplying effect in the brain that leads to overdose. Opiate and tranquilizer overdose can cause the following:

  • Permanent brain damage
  • Organ failure
  • Seizures
  • Coma
  • Death

If you are currently abusing painkillers, tranquilizers, or a combination of both, seek immediate treatment before a dangerous addiction develops.

Painkiller and Tranquilizer Addiction Recovery

Once an addiction to tranquilizers and opiates has been established, an addict will require specialized treatment in order to break free. This addiction rehabilitation often requires the following:

  • Counseling
  • Education
  • Support group meetings
  • Specialized relaxation and coping techniques
  • Family counseling

Most opiate and benzodiazepine addicts also suffer from at least one underlying or co-occurring psychological disorder such as the following:

  • Depression
  • Anxiety disorder
  • Borderline personality disorder
  • Compulsive behaviors
  • Post traumatic stress disorder

Painkillers and tranquilizers tend to mask the symptoms of these disorders for a time. Full recovery requires that all aspects of both the underlying condition and the surface addiction be identified and treated in a holistic and comprehensive way. This often requires inpatient treatment and long-term aftercare support.

Drug Addiction Help

If you are concerned about your own personal use of painkillers, tranquilizers, or both, please call our toll-free helpline any time of day or night for immediate, specialized help. Our admission coordinators can answer your questions and help you determine which program is right for you. Call now.