Polysubstance abuse, or when people misuse multiple addictive substances simultaneously, is a pervasive and dangerous form of substance use disorder. Yet like with other addictions, it can be treated and overcome with the help of the evidence-based substance use treatment programs at Northpoint Washington.
If you need help achieving sobriety, call 425.437.3298 to get started at our Edmonds, Washington, treatment center today.
The Dangers of Polysubstance Abuse
Polysubstance abuse is a particularly dangerous and addictive form of substance use disorder. All addictive substances can cause physical and psychological consequences, but using multiple substances simultaneously can multiply the risk.
The first and most clear danger of polysubstance abuse is a heightened risk for addiction. When a person uses multiple addictive substances simultaneously, they are at a higher risk of developing a substance use disorder than if they used either substance alone.
Furthermore, polysubstance use multiplies the physical danger the person can experience. Common drug combinations, such as cocaine and alcohol, opioids and benzodiazepines, or stimulants and opioids, all vastly increase the risk of accidental overdose when used together.
How Polysubstance Addiction Treatment Can Help
Northpoint Washington’s polysubstance abuse treatment in Edmonds, Washington, can help people break free from substance use and achieve recovery. Polysubstance use requires specially designed treatment interventions, spanning from the first stage of detoxification all the way through inpatient treatment before following up at an outpatient treatment campus.
At an evidence-based treatment center, substance use treatment is typically delivered through several different stages:
Detox is the first stage of recovery for most people. A medically assisted detox offers targeted medical and psychiatric treatments to help people overcome both physical and psychological withdrawal symptoms. It also provides a safe place for people to rest and recover, away from the temptations and stressors of their typical routines.
Three main stages make up an effective detox:
- Assessment – Key problems and symptoms are identified for treatment
- Stabilization – Medical professionals deliver targeted medications and treatments to relieve withdrawal
- Transition – A detox team facilitates a transfer to an inpatient or outpatient treatment program where patients can receive evidence-based therapies
Each of these stages paves the way for people to enter treatment with a clear mind and healthy body, making the path to recovery simpler and easier.
At Northpoint Washington’s inpatient polysubstance addiction treatment center, patients receive targeted services that can teach them the skills to resist future relapse and build happier, healthier lives in recovery. This could include services such as:
- Medication-assisted treatment
- One-on-one counseling
- Holistic treatment
- Strengths-based therapy
- Cognitive-behavioral therapy
These treatment options aim to help people deal with the underlying issues that lead to substance misuse, develop healthy coping skills to use in the future, and build strong support networks that can sustain their recovery for a lifetime.
Aftercare programs offer continuing support and accountability to patients who have graduated from a traditional treatment program and are typically available at outpatient treatment programs. Outpatient and aftercare programming is not available at Northpoint Washington, but after medical detox and/or inpatient treatment, we may be able to provide resources to help you transition to an outpatient center.
These aftercare programs extend the length of treatment contact with minimal time commitment and have been shown to reduce the risk of future relapse. As such, they play an important role in polysubstance abuse treatment.
A Polysubstance Abuse Rehab Center at Northpoint Washington
Despite the debilitating nature of a polysubstance addiction, anyone can recover when they receive targeted and scientifically backed treatments from a professional treatment provider. At Northpoint Washington, our team has cultivated a comprehensive and effective treatment program that can help you finally achieve sobriety.
To begin treatment or find out more about our programs, call our addiction specialists by contacting us at 425.437.3298. No matter how difficult it may seem, you can recover, and Northpoint Washington can help you.