Polysubstance Abuse

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Polysubstance abuse refers to the simultaneous use of three or more narcotic substances. Polysubstance abuse can involve various combinations of drugs, such as opioids, benzodiazepines, stimulants, alcohol, or street drugs like cocaine and methamphetamine. People may use these substances together, alternately, or sequentially, making it harder to identify and treat the specific addiction or withdrawal symptoms.

Polysubstance use involves consuming multiple drugs simultaneously, including both illicit drugs and prescription medications used nonmedically. This practice is also known as polysubstance abuse or addiction. Sometimes, individuals may unintentionally mix substances, such as drinking alcohol while on prescription medication, due to a lack of awareness of the harmful interactions between their medications and alcohol. Therefore, it’s important for individuals to inform their doctors about all medications they’re taking to avoid negative interactions.

On the other hand, some people intentionally engage in polysubstance misuse to amplify the effects of their preferred drugs. For example, users of opioid drugs like heroin or prescription painkillers may combine these with benzodiazepines for enhanced relaxation or sedation. However, while combining drugs can intensify the desired effects, it also increases the potential for adverse effects. The University of Michigan highlights that mixing drugs can lead to unpredictable and potentially severe consequences, emphasising the risks associated with polysubstance misuse.

One important reason why polysubstance abuse is of concern in addiction treatment is the increased risk of overdose. When combining multiple substances, their effects can synergize, potentially leading to unpredictable and severe outcomes, including respiratory depression, organ failure, or even death.

Polysubstance abuse complicates the process of detoxification and withdrawal management. Since different substances have different withdrawal symptoms and timelines, determining the most appropriate approach for detoxification can be a complex task. It requires close monitoring of physical and psychological factors to ensure the safest and most effective course of treatment.

Individuals may turn to multiple substances as a means of self-medication for anxiety, depression, or other mental health conditions.

    Addiction and Mental Health

    Treatment Services

    Founded in 2008, WeDoRecover has evolved from an advisory service for addiction treatment into a comprehensive provider of care, following its 2019 merger with Changes Addiction Rehab in Johannesburg. Specializing in connecting patients to top-tier addiction treatment centers in the UK, South Africa, and Thailand, WeDoRecover supports individuals globally, including those from the United Arab Emirates and Europe. Accepting both South African medical aid and international health insurance, the organization facilitates access to high-quality treatment for substance and alcohol use disorders, offering individualized care that addresses the physical, mental, and social needs of patients.

    Our team, led by Gareth Carter, offers empathetic and professional support, guiding you through every step of the treatment process. Whether you're in South Africa or abroad, our acceptance of various insurance plans makes quality care accessible, providing a platform for lasting recovery and a healthier future.

    Inpatient Rehab

    Our rehab care is a good option if you are at risk of experiencing strong withdrawal symptoms when you try stop a substance. This rehab option would also be recommended if you have experienced recurrent relapses or if you have tried a less-intensive treatment without success.


    If you're committed to your sobriety but cannot take a break from your daily duties for an inpatient program. Outpatient rehab treatment might suit you well if you are looking for a less restricted format for addiction treatment or simply need help with mental health.


    Therapy can be good step towards healing and self-discovery. If you need support without disrupting your routine, therapy offers a flexible solution for anyone wishing to enhance their mental well-being or work through personal issues in a supportive, confidential environment.

    Mental Health

    Are you having persistent feelings of being swamped, sad or have sudden surges of anger or intense emotional outbursts? These are warning signs of unresolved trauma mental health. A simple assesment by a mental health expert could provide valuable insights into your recovery.

    Finding the right rehab close to you is simple with WeDoRecover. Our network includes the finest rehab centers, ensuring personalised, quality care for your recovery needs. Let Gareth Carter and our empathetic team help guide you to a center that feels right for you, offering expert care and support. Start your healing today by choosing a rehab that's not just close to you, but also that truly cares about your loved ones recovery.

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