What is Polysubstance Abuse?

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Many people who are addicted to drugs or alcohol are using several substances, either at the same time or one after the other.

While some addicts and alcoholics have a drug or substance of choice, polysubstance addicts are using a dangerous cocktail of many drugs or substances.

At Banyan Detox Stuart, we offer addiction treatment in Stuart for polysubstance abusers who are ready to get and stay sober. If you or someone you love is a polysubstance addict, call 888-280-4763 for detox addiction treatment support.

The Definition of Polysubstance Abuse

Polysubstance abuse is a type of substance abuse in which the user abuses several substances, often simultaneously or back to back. They may drink, use prescription drugs, and use illegal drugs. A polysubstance addict is addicted to the feeling of being high and they do not care where that high comes from. They don’t care about the type of high, as long as they get high. This is different from other addictions, like heroin addiction or alcoholism, where users are addicted to specific substances. Polysubstance addicts can be addicted to a variety of drugs.

Signs and Symptoms of Polysubstance Abuse

The symptoms of polysubstance abuse are similar to other symptoms of drug abuse or alcoholism. Common signs of polysubstance abuse and addiction include:

  • Finding drug paraphernalia like pipes, spoons, or needles
  • Behavioral changes
  • Sudden weight changes such as weight gain or loss
  • Intoxicated appearance, including sleepiness or increased energy
  • Personality changes
  • Increased aggression
  • Stealing, lying, or getting in legal trouble

The Dangers of Polysubstance Abuse

Addiction has many dangers and drug overdose can be especially dangerous for polysubstance addicts. Many drugs have dangerous and even deadly interactions, which can put polysubstance users at increased risk for deadly overdoses or side effects. Mixing downers can cause respiratory failure while mixing uppers can result in a heart attack or stroke. Mixing two types of drugs that have different actions in the body and brain can also cause deadly results.

Polysubstance abuse is just as dangerous, if not even more so, than drug and alcohol addiction. If you are abusing multiple substances, or if you have a loved one who is a polysubstance user, the safest road is sobriety.

At Banyan Detox Stuart, we offer drug and alcohol addiction detox and treatment for those who are ready to get and stay sober. We offer detox for drug users, alcoholics, and polysubstance abusers who are ready to work towards their recovery.

Call 888-280-4763 to learn more about our treatment programs and detox services.


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Alyssa is Banyan’s Director of Digital Marketing & Technology. After overcoming her own struggles with addiction, she began working in the treatment field in 2012. She graduated from Palm Beach State College in 2016 with additional education in Salesforce University programs. A part of the Banyan team since 2016, Alyssa brings over 5 years of experience in the addiction treatment field.