What Happens When you Mix Demerol and Alcohol?
Whether you know it as Juice, Dillies, D or Dust, Demerol is one of the many prescription drugs that’s abused in the United States. This pain medication is used to treat varying levels of pain, and it’s abused for a number of reasons, which can result in various negative side effects. It can even be life-threatening. Although abusing Demerol alone is dangerous, this drug is still taken with alcohol by some users to enhance its effects. This combination, as with any other drug-alcohol combination, can be extremely risky.
Are you currently on Demerol and taking it with alcohol? Have your loved ones expressed concern about your abuse of Demerol and alcohol? If the answer is yes, help is just a phone call away. There are various treatment centers available, including The Recovery Village, that can treat drug and alcohol abuse cases, including those that occur concurrently.
What Is Demerol?
Also known as meperidine, Demerol is an opioid narcotic pain-relieving medication that’s prescribed to treat short-term moderate and severe pain. This includes pain from labor and childbirth, cancer, heart attacks and various other conditions. Like other opioids, Demerol alters the body’s perception of pain by affecting the central nervous system. It also creates feelings of euphoria, which is one of the reasons this drug is abused by people with and without a prescription. Some people take it as a way to relieve emotional pain.
Other factors that can contribute to addiction include:
- Brain chemistry
- Environmental factors
- Psychological factors
It’s important to take Demerol only as it’s prescribed to prevent any unnecessary side effects, including abuse and addiction. It can also result in various co-occurring disorders, including bipolar disorder, schizophrenia, anxiety, depression and alcoholism. Be sure to let your doctor know if you ever have any questions or concerns about your use or the side effects of Demerol.
What are the Side Effects of Demerol and Alcohol?
Demerol is used to relieve pain, but if abused, it can cause side effects that are actually worse than pain. The same is true of alcohol. Some consume it socially and responsibly, but others abuse it as a means of self-medication, and they become addicted as a result. According to the CDC, one in 10 deaths among working-age adults between the ages of 20 and 64 are the result of excessive alcohol use.
Both of these substances have the potential to be extremely dangerous and even fatal, whether they’re abused individually or together. It’s also important to keep in mind that abusing these substances may not affect everyone the exact same way. Some of the short-term and long-term side effects associated with Demerol and alcohol abuse include:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Kidney problems
- Liver problems
- Suicidal thoughts
- Memory loss
- Mood swings
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Dangers of Mixing Demerol and Alcohol
Mixing Demerol with alcohol is never a wise decision. Users often combine these two substances to enhance the pain-relieving qualities of Demerol and/or to boost the euphoric feelings. However, this combination can increase side effects of the nervous system. These include impairment in thinking and judgment, lightheadedness, difficulty concentrating and drowsiness. In extreme cases, this combination can lead to:
- Respiratory distress
- Low blood pressure
Consuming alcohol with specific long-acting prescriptions of this narcotic pain medication can also cause the drug to be released more rapidly in the body. This results in high blood levels which can be deadly. Of course, there are various non-physical effects of mixing Demerol and alcohol as well, ranging from financial problems to job loss to social isolation.
Treatment for Demerol and Alcohol
If you or a loved one is concerned that you may be abusing or addicted to Demerol and alcohol, you’re in the right place. The Recovery Village offers various treatment centers throughout the country that are designed to treat virtually any substance abuse case, including Demerol and alcohol abuse.
Each treatment program is comprehensive and individualized. They include residential treatment, medical detox and partial hospitalization. Each center is staffed with compassionate staff members who all share the same goal of helping people recover from their addictions in a safe, comfortable environment. Give us a call today to speak with one of our intake coordinators. Recovery is possible.
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