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An Instant Blackout & Overdose Pill

Ativan and Alcohol

Continuing our look at booze and benzo’s, this week we turn our attention to Ativan and alcohol. This dangerous combination can lead to a number of disastrous outcomes, the first of which is an almost instant blackout.

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I’m getting a bit ahead of myself here. We first need to examine what exactly Ativan is and why people mix it with alcohol to begin with.

Ativan goes by the chemical name lorazepam and is a potent, immediate-duration benzodiazepine. This means it’s in the same chemical family as Xanax, Valium, and Klonopin. Ativan and alcohol both affect the same neurotransmitter, GABA.

As mentioned above, Ativan is one strong benzo. In fact, with the exception of Xanax, it’s the most potent benzo available. Also much like Xanax, it begins to produce effects almost immediately after ingestion.

This rapid onset of action is due to Ativan’s short half-life. It’s metabolized by the body very quickly and achieves peak blood levels within an hour. This makes it the fastest acting oral benzo around and, arguably, more addictive than its brothers and sisters.

This also makes mixing Ativan and alcohol dangerous for a number of reasons. We’ll explore some of them below.

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Mixing Ativan and Alcohol

As mentioned above, mixing Ativan and alcohol leads to an almost instant blackout. This is due to Ativan’s rapid psychoactive effects coupled with the amount of GABA being produced by the brain.

Simply put, mixing Ativan and alcohol is dangerous because Ativan packs a punch and alcohol potentiates that punch. Both chemicals release GABA and, when mixed, are more than the sum of their parts. Alcohol also strains the liver, making it harder to clear the blood of Ativan. This leads to increased plasma levels of Ativan, which leads to more intoxication.

So, why would anyone mix alcohol and Ativan? Well, the combination produces an incredibly strong high. For all the reasons just mentioned, lorazepam and booze are a potent mixture.

They’re also incredibly dangerous. Find a detailed breakdown of the dangerous associated with Ativan and alcohol’s effects below.

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Ativan and Alcohol Effects

Ativan and alcohol effects include, among other things, decreased respiration, low blood pressure, confusion and disorientation, and intense intoxication.

  • Decreased Respiration

Mixing Ativan and alcohol, two strong depressants, will immediately slow how quickly the body takes in oxygen. Combining the two tranquilizers sends signals to the brain to cut down on necessary bodily functions, including breathing.

  • Low Blood Pressure

Also known as hypotension, low blood pressure is defined as any pressure under 90/60. Mixing Ativan and alcohol produces hypotension due to their sedative qualities. Just like the combination decreases respiration, it also makes the brain slow down the heartbeat and how quickly blood is moved throughout the body.

These Ativan and alcohol effects are to be expected. Combining two strong tranquilizers will almost immediately distort how stimuli are perceived and interpreted. It’s also worth noting that GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter and one of Ativan and alcohol’s main effects is producing GABA in spades.

  • Intense Intoxication

This is the “instant blackout” I mentioned above. Mixing Ativan and alcohol produces a dangerously strong high. In fact, the deadliest drug combination is Xanax and alcohol. This is only true because of Xanax’s popularity. The true deadliest drug combination, based on strength alone, is Ativan and alcohol.

Is Mixing Valium and Alcohol Safe?

Valium and Alcohol

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It should come as no surprise that mixing Valium and alcohol is definitely not safe! In fact, it’s one of the deadliest drug combinations around. Valium and alcohol potentiate each other’s effects, which means they make each other stronger. So, not only are you dealing with the dangerous effects of benzo’s or booze on their own, you’re dealing with an exponentially stronger version of both!

So no, mixing Valium and alcohol isn’t safe. It is, however, very popular with alcoholics and addicts the world over. I can safely attest to this being a recovering drug addict myself. I can’t count on one hand, and probably not on two, the number of times I mixed these drugs.

When I was in active addiction, the dangers of mixing Valium and alcohol didn’t occur to me. The potentially deadly side effects were the furthest thing from my mind. Rather, I saw a quick and easy way to get a strong buzz.

So, sit back and learn from my experience, strength, and hope as I share the in’s and out’s of Valium and alcohol.

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Mixing Valium and Alcohol

Like I mentioned above, the main reason people mix benzo’s and booze is to get a strong buzz. How do benzo’s and alcohol work though? Why, when they’re combined, are they more than the sum of their parts?

The answer is simple enough. Mixing Valium and alcohol produces such a strong euphoria because they both work on the same neurotransmitter. Valium and booze both effect gamma-Aminobutyric acid, more commonly known as GABA.

GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in our central nervous system. For the non-scientifically inclined among us, that means it’s the most potent naturally occurring depressant in our bodies. It’s also, strangely enough, responsible for our body’s muscle tone.

So, mixing Valium and alcohol produces large amounts of GABA. This leads to a whole host of euphoric, and many unwanted, side effects.

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Valium and Alcohol Effects

Here we come to why mixing benzo’s and alcohol is so dangerous. The combination produces many unintended Valium and alcohol effects. These can range from mild to potentially life threatening.

Find a list of Valium and alcohol effects below:

• Poor Coordination & Motor Skills – this should come as no surprise. On it’s own, alcohol reduces coordination and motor skills. When mixed with Valium, alcohol seriously decreases coordination and motor skills.

• Memory Problems & Blackouts – again, this should come as no surprise. Both Valium and alcohol produce blackouts on their own. Use of both will also lead to long and short-term memory issues. When mixing the two, something calling retrograde amnesia is common. This is basically a blackout that you don’t even remember having.

• Reduced CNS Functioning – again, no surprises here. Alcohol is a CNS depressant. Valium is too. Both release large amounts of GABA, which is definitely a depressant. Decreased CNS Valium and alcohol effects include: shallow breathing, decreased respiration, weak heartbeat, dangerously low blood pressure, and the risk of losing consciousness.

• Poor Decision Making – remember, GABA is the chief inhibitory neurotransmitter in our bodies. This means that, among other things, it lowers inhibitions. This can lead to dangerous decisions like driving under the influence, risky sexual behavior, taking more Valium or alcohol than is safe (i.e. overdose), or aggressive behavior.

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Recovery from Valium and Alcohol

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It’s plain to see that Valium and alcohol’s effects are dangerous at best and deadly at worst. It’s also plain to see that mixing Valium and alcohol is simply another way of playing Russian roulette. So, the million-dollar question becomes why? Why, despite the many dangers, do people continue to mix the two?

The answer is as simple, and ultimately as complicated, as addiction itself. People mix Valium and alcohol because they’re addicted. That’s why I mixed them anyway. I knew that both chemicals were strong. I also knew that, when mixed, they became even stronger. So, of course I mixed them!

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Can Detoxing From this Drug Kill You?

Xanax Withdrawal

Xanax withdrawal is one of the worst experiences on this earth. I know because I’ve experienced it firsthand. I’ve felt the ridiculously uncomfortable, and in some cases fatal, Xanax withdrawal symptoms.

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To put it another way, I’d rather be attacked by a bear than endure the hell that is Xanax detox. At least I could climb a tree and be safe during a bear attack. Unfortunately, there’s not much relief from Xanax withdrawal symptoms.

Of course, seeking professional help for any and all symptoms of Xanax detox is a must. Not only will a medical facility offer some comfort and relief, but they’ll be available if any severe Xanax withdrawal symptoms occur. These are things like seizure and cardiac arrest.

In fact, find a list of Xanax’s more common withdrawal symptoms below.

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Xanax Withdrawal Symptoms

Xanax withdrawal symptoms can range from mild to life threatening. Again, seeking professional help for all of the below symptoms is important. You never know when something innocuous could turn into something serious.

Xanax withdrawal symptoms include:

• Irritability
• Sweating
• Muscle & Bone Pain
• Tremors
• Insomnia
• Extreme Anxiety & Depression
• Disorientation
• Nausea & Vomiting
• Hallucinations
• Aggressive Behavior
• Suicidal Ideation
• Chest Pain
• Seizure
• Cardiac Arrest

None of those sound too pleasant! Fear not, though, because there’s hope and lots of it. Xanax withdrawal symptoms aren’t nearly as bad as they sound!

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Hope For Xanax Withdrawal

If you’re struggling with Xanax abuse, don’t struggle alone. Not only is it a potentially deadly idea, but you’ll also be handicapping yourself. Why not give yourself the best chance at long-term recovery?

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This is where treatment centers and other professional facilities enter the picture. Treatment is an absolutely vital step in the transition from active addiction to functioning member of society. So, what are the options available for Xanax withdrawal symptom treatment?

Well, there are residential treatment centers, partial hospitalization programs, intensive outpatient programs, outpatient programs, and private substance abuse counseling. That’s a lot of options! Sounds a bit overwhelming, right? What level of care is best?

Thankfully, treatment centers can answer any and all questions you may have. Give Lighthouse Recovery Institute a call today at 1-844-I-CAN-CHANGE or 1-(561)-381-0015. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have and explain the pro’s and con’s of each type of treatment.

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