A woman asking therapist, "What is polysubstance abuse?"

A substance use disorder can, unfortunately, develop into abuse of additional substances. This struggle with abusing multiple substances is also known as polysubstance abuse. Sadly, it can put you or a loved one at great risk of serious medical conditions, including an overdose. Facing this fact can be overwhelming for the one affected, as well as for their close family and friends who want to help them. Getting the right professional treatment and gaining a better understanding of the disorder will make a successful recovery possible. If you have questions surrounding polysubstance addiction treatment, then contact the caring and professional team at San Antonio Recovery Center (SARC) to learn more about the customized approach to treatment and recovery.

What Is Polysubstance Abuse?

When someone suffers an addiction to multiple substances, it goes by the term "polysubstance abuse." This means they are taking the drugs—and abusing alcohol as well in some cases—for non-medical purposes. Often, regular use of multiple prescribed drugs can turn into polysubstance abuse when the user takes the drugs for recreational purposes and not their intended and prescribed use. This use of multiple drugs on a regular basis is incredibly dangerous. In fact, it can quickly get out of control to the point where professional medical intervention is necessary.

Many people become addicted to multiple drugs because of the different highs and effects that they get that are unique to each individual substance. Others fall victim to polysubstance abuse because of multiple prescriptions they have that they don't realize shouldn’t be taken together. Along the same lines, some people don't realize that they shouldn’t drink alcohol while taking certain prescription drugs.

Because of the multiple drugs being taken, withdrawing from those drugs is more involved than a detox from just one substance. The side effects can be quite severe and another reason why detox at an accredited addiction treatment facility is paramount to effectively recover.

Polysubstance Addiction Treatment

The side effects of mixing various drugs and alcohol can be unpredictable and dangerous. It’s all too easy to overdo it. Getting the help you need to stop your drug usage and come clean from a substance use disorder is the smartest thing you can do for yourself. A residential treatment program, like the one at San Antonio Recovery Center, can quite literally save your life.

Medical detox is usually necessary as the first step in polysubstance addiction treatment. Withdrawing from multiple substances versus one substance adds additional layers to the treatment and recovery process. Medical detox involves 24-hour supervision by medical professionals. The safest environment possible to address any medical concerns or emergencies while going through withdrawal is a great advantage. Family and friends supporting you in your treatment journey will also have peace of mind knowing you are being well taken care of on your treatment journey. In certain instances, medications may need to be administered to counteract severe withdrawal symptoms, like nausea, vomiting, or depressive mood swings.

Following detox, a customized treatment plan will address each individual's unique needs. If any co-occurring mental health disorders exist, they can also be treated as part of a dual diagnosis program.

San Antonio Recovery Center Offers Polysubstance Addiction Treatment

Polysubstance abuse is not uncommon. It’s important to know that you aren't alone in your struggles. San Antonio Recovery Center customizes a treatment plan for each individual entering a drug or alcohol addiction treatment program at our campuses in San Antonio. Our team prides itself on being professional and personable in its approach. This allows each person to feel they are getting the best care possible, just for them. The combination of traditional and holistic therapies addresses the complete person—the emotional, physical, and spiritual.

The SARC addiction treatment programs include:

  • Detox
  • Residential treatment
  • Intensive outpatient programs (IOP)
  • Outpatient programs
  • 90-day treatment program

Give the SARC team a call today at 866.957.7885 or fill out the online contact form.

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