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  1. Dangers of Mixing OxyContin with Alcohol

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    There are some dangers of mixing drugs with alcohol. OxyContin is particularly dangerous due to complications from overdose which include slowed breathing and heart rate. Learn what happens in the body when the two drugs are combined and possible other side effects to taking the two together.

    Effects of OxyContin and Alcohol

    OxyContin is a powerful prescription painkiller. The main ingredient is oxycodone, an opiate. OxyContin can cause feelings of euphoria, especially when taken in larger amounts than prescribed. Some people mix Oxys with alcohol to intensify pleasurable effects. Alcohol has a chemical reaction with OxyContin in the body. Two chemicals have an additive effect when combined. The effects end up being stronger when mixed together which can cause an accidental overdose. Some people who experience the effects include the following issues:

    • Drowsiness
    • Euphoria
    • Dream-like state
    • Relaxation
    • Numbness
    • Wandering mind

    Dangers of Mixing

    Taking alcohol and OxyContin together may result in serious adverse reactions, even death. The additive effect can result in the following:

    • Dizziness
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Shallow breathing
    • Overdose
    • Slowed heart rate

    OxyContin is more dangerous when mixed with alcohol but reverse is also true. The alcohol’s sedative effects will be heightened when mixed with any narcotic. Drinking and using OxyContin can cause trouble concentrating and difficulty with coordination. Alcohol tolerance may be lower than normal which can lead to alcohol poisoning. It is important to be aware of alcohol intoxication as well as other signs of issues with adding the two substances together.

    Abusing OxyContin by taking more than the normal dose by chewing, injecting or snorting the drug can cause overdose or death. The risk increases with alcohol added to the mix. Despite dangers. The drug is often mixed with alcohol anyways. Even normal doses combined with alcohol may slow or stop breathing completely. The only way to avoid this is to not drink at all while using the drug. It is not safe to drink while using this drug.

    Sustain Recovery is a support system for individuals with addiction. It is a place of safety and community to come and get away for a time and focus on recovery. If you or a loved one are struggling with addiction we are here to help you cope in a positive, empowering way.

  2. Addiction Treatment for People Who Are Homeless

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    Substance abuse is a challenging topic, especially when discussing whether it causes homelessness or the other way around. People experiencing homelessness are one demographic that desperately needs addiction treatment. Learn more about what options are available to support the homeless.

    Homelessness and Addiction

    Recent studies estimate nearly half of all homeless individuals abuse substances. This includes a higher rate of substance abuse than the rest of the general population. People who are homeless are much more likely to also suffer from mental health disorders including depression, mood disorders and schizophrenia.

    Treatment Options

    Options for treatment of people experiencing homelessness and substance abuse issues varies but treatment may include the following:

    • Educational and vocational services to help individuals become self-sufficient after treatment
    • Health services such as routine checkups and medical services
    • Mental health services including addiction treatment
    • Residential services and beds, giving homeless individuals a safe place to live during treatment

    In spite of extra help provided to the homeless individuals addicted to drugs or alcohol, the basics of addiction treatment remain largely the same across the board.

    Assessment – first step which allows doctors and treatment specialists to determine extend of homeless individual’s addiction treatment

    Detox – person experiencing homelessness attempts to get rid of remaining substances in the body and mind. Usually results in uncomfortable and sometimes dangerous withdrawal symptoms. Typically done in a dedicated detox facility under medical supervision

    Treatment – multi-faceted approach that requires a great deal of time and hard work to complete. Individual behavioral therapy as well as group therapy make up a large majority of the work along with medications to support issues with cravings

    Social services – individuals will often have access to educational, vocational, financial and residential social services. Helps prepare the homeless individual to become self-sufficient and remain drug-free

    Aftercare – last step in homeless drug addiction treatment which may include weekly outpatient counseling, group therapy and a stay in transitional living housing to help make sure the individual stays clean. Underlying mental health issues will require a mental health specialist to monitor progress and medication.

    Treatment Barriers

    Individuals who are homeless face many barriers to treatment. Some of the more common ones include:

    • Denial
    • Fear of authority
    • Financial difficulty
    • Lack of insurance
    • Unsure of where to go

    Hospitals and community clinics provide good spaces for individuals to turn to when looking for treatment. The facilities point individuals in the right direction but may also help the people figure out how to cover the cost of treatment as well. The goal is to support the whole person and make sure he or she is receiving all necessary services.

    Sustain Recovery provides a unique approach to adolescent care. We offer Gender Separate Extended Care treatment for people completing a primary treatment program or need longer-term solutions. Call us to learn more about our programs.

  3. What’s Involved in Addiction Rehab?

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    Addiction treatment focuses on helping chemically and psychologically dependent individuals stop using drugs. Total abstinence from drugs and a new lifestyle is the goal of rehab. The specific type of treatment or combination of treatments vary depending on the person’s individual needs or type of drugs used. Learn more about what’s involved in addiction rehab.

    What Rehab Looks Like

    Treatment may occur in a variety of settings, take lots of different forms and last varying lengths of time. Drug rehab is divided into short and long term stay. Short term is typically 90 days or less, long term rehab can last anywhere from 90 days to a year or longer. Drug addiction is a chronic disorder that results quite often in relapse for certain individuals so a one-time treatment option is generally not enough to help overcome the power of addiction. Treatment is generally a long-term process which involves multiple interventions and regular monitoring.


    Costs of rehab typically depend on the type of treatment and services needed. Addiction rehab centers provide a range of services from less expensive outpatient programs to residential settings where people live for 4 to 6 weeks or longer to get the necessary help.

    Outpatient programs: typical costs range anywhere around $10,000

    Residential programs: residential alcohol and drug rehab ranges anywhere between $20,000 to $32,000 depending on the level of services needed.

    Low Cost Options

    For some people, lack of financial resources can create a barrier to addiction treatment. Many low cost options are available. State vouchers for treatment can be investigated by contacting the State’s Department of Health and Social Services. An individual may also reach out to rehabs to ask about sliding scale or payment plans on offer.

    Stages of Rehab

    A person starting treatment must first complete a diagnostic evaluation to create a personalized treatment plan. The evaluation and treatment plan are used to determine the types, level and intensity of services received. The plan is also then used to manage the course of treatment over time. Stages may include:

    • Detox and withdrawal
    • Pharmacological therapy (medication)
    • Individual or group therapy
    • Family therapy
    • Ongoing drug testing
    • Case management
    • Support services

    Some help may be offered with case management services to support needs such as court advocacy, housing, child care or welfare issues and transportation. Supplemental services may be provided for STD treatment as well as vocational or job skills training.

    Addiction is a complex but treatable disease which impacts the brain and body. No one treatment is a cure for any person. Counseling is an effective and commonly used form of therapeutic support. Effective treatment focuses on multiple needs. Medications are also quite effective when combined with other therapeutic support. Co-occurring mental health conditions will require additional support and monitoring throughout the rehab process.

    Sustain Recovery provides an individualized approach to adolescent care for addiction recovery. Call us to find out about our treatment programs and to learn about how we support young adults through the journey of addiction to recovery.

  4. The Dangers of Mixing Vicodin with Alcohol

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    Mixing Vicodin with alcohol can be a lethal cocktail. Evaluating the risks and dangers of mixing the two together is important. How much Vicodin is safe varies person to person but prescription doses can change based on body chemistry and composition. Learn more about what happens when Vicodin and alcohol are mixed together.

    Effects of Vicodin and Alcohol

    Vicodin is a narcotic painkiller which contains hydrocodone which may cause feelings of euphoria in large amounts. Alcohol can intensify the feelings which many people find pleasant. People who drink while taking Vicodin have reported some of the following:

    • Drowsiness
    • Euphoria
    • Relaxation
    • Numbness

    Getting high on Vicodin is bad but mixing the two together can be lethal. Vicodin reacts chemically with alcohol and has an added depressant effect on the body and brain when combined. The effects of alcohol and Vicodin are stronger and more dangerous when taken together. Mixing the two is a quick way to accidentally overdose and die.


    Taking the two together will produce a dangerous effect which varies on the person and amount taken. The nervous system effects are intensified by the addition of alcohol in the bloodstream. Some potentially dangerous effects of mixing Vicodin with alcohol may include:

    • Dizziness
    • Drowsiness
    • Loss of consciousness
    • Shallow breathing
    • Overdose
    • Slowed heart rate

    Vicodin isn’t the only drug which is dangerous when mixed. The effects of alcohol are intensified as well. Alcohol tolerance will be lower than normal which can lead to drinking too much and potential alcohol poisoning. Alcohol can make a person sleepy, drowsy, lightheaded and has a sedative effect on the body. Drinking and using Vicodin can cause trouble concentrating, difficulty with coordination and slowed reaction time.


    Vicodin and alcohol when mixed can result in an overdose. When mixed with hydrocodone, the effects may be too much. The practice of mixing the two should be avoided if a person does not want to overdose. It is common people mix alcohol and Vicodin which may cause breathing trouble. The only way to avoid risks is not to drink while using Vicodin. It is not safe to drink and it is not recommended by doctors. The FDA also warns against mixture of the two to avoid lethal health consequences.

    Seeking Help

    If an individual is exhibiting signs he or she is using both Vicodin and alcohol, it is necessary to intervene and provide support for treatment before the individual has a major health crisis or overdoses. It will not take much for that to happen so it is best to find a pathway to recovery for the individual sooner than later (assuming the individual is willing to accept support). With the right help, an individual can overcome addiction and dependence on alcohol, Vicodin or both.


    Sustain Recovery helps teens overcome addiction’s stronghold by providing a safe, secure space to work through recovery. Call us to find out how we can help your loved one work towards health and a drug free life.

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