University Of Kentucky Research Study Suggests Rates Of Alcohol Consumption Directly Increase Prescription Stimulant Abuse Risk
Demonstrating a logical connection between drinking and methamphetamine abuse, a new University of Kentucky research study suggests alcohol consumption may increase the likelihood of prescription stimulant abuse. Amphetamines are part of the larger group of drugs known as stimulants that includes cocaine and Adderall. Although cocaine was once the dominant illegal stimulant abused, today prescription stimulants like Adderall are more widely abused by young adults. The clinical staff at ONE80CENTER are not surprised that the Kentucky study strongly indicates an association between alcohol consumption and prescription stimulant abuse.
Prescription Stimulant Abuse Linked To Alcohol Consumption
As the senior author of the study and professor of Behavioral Science, Psychiatry and Psychology at the University of Kentucky, Craig R. Rush said that the study shows a direct epidemiological link between drinking alcohol and prescription stimulant abuse, implying a link as well to the abuse of crystal meth. Building on his previous research that showed moderate drinkers were more sensitive to some of the effects of amphetamines when compared to light drinkers, Rush published the new study in the March 2011 issue of Alcoholism: Clinical & Experimental Research.
Rush explains in detail: “The idea behind the present study was to follow that study up with one in which we determined whether moderate drinkers were also more likely to work to receive amphetamine in the laboratory, in addition to being more sensitive to its subjective effects.” The researchers looked at 33 study participants and divided them into either moderate (more than seven drinks per week) or light drinkers (less than seven drinks per week).
The focus on study was not on actual drinking, but how drinkers ranging from light to moderate react to a rewards program related to prescription stimulant abuse. During a series of four studies on prescription stimulant abuse and rates of alcohol consumption, the participants were given a placebo as well as low (8-10mg) and high (16-20mg) doses of d-amphetamine. The subjects then had the chance to earn up to a total of eight capsules containing 12.5 percent of the previous dose by working on a computer task.
Drug Seeking, Drinking And Prescription Stimulant Abuse
What is fascinating is that the high dose of amphetamines increased drug seeking behaviors in both light and moderate drinkers, but only the low dose did so with the moderate drinkers. Such a finding definitely suggests that consuming moderate levels of alcohol can increase an individual’s vulnerability to prescription stimulants and illegal stimulant abuse.
Mark T. Fillmore, a professor of psychology at the University of Kentucky and part of the research team, summarized what needs to be done in light of the study: “We need to determine if drinking heavily might actually produce physiological changes in individuals that causes them to become more sensitive to the pleasurable effects of psychostimulant drugs, such as amphetamines.” Such efforts unquestionably will help to wide and deepen the prescription stimulant abuse debate that needs to be conducted in light of the prevalence of co-occurring disorders.
Expanding on his colleagues point, Rush explained, “Other future directions could be to look at the influence of alcohol use history on the effects of other drugs of abuse or to determine how acute alcohol administration, as opposed to self-reported drinking history, impacts response to stimulants.” Without question, the link between prescription stimulant abuse and alcohol consumption is directly related, particularly in terms of a certain personality and even genetic type that is prone to alcoholism and addiction.
ONE80CENTER has seen the prevalence of co-occurring disorders in our client base. Such commonality in both alcoholics and addicts makes the connection between prescription stimulant abuse and alcohol consumption appear almost like an afterthought. The question is not whether co-occurring disorders fuel each other, but how to prevent them from causing such damage and havoc in the lives of so many young people.
Abusing Alcohol Obstructs Anti-Depressant Medications, Aggravating The Co-Occurring Disorders Of Depression And Alcoholism
Aggravating the co-occurring disorders of depression and alcoholism, alcohol abuse can have extreme negative consequences and cause untold external damage. There are more than 60 diseases that are associated with alcohol consumption. As an alcoholic provokes these health problems by continuing to drink, the alcohol consumed also prevents medication prescribed to address such problems ineffective.
Co-Occurring Disorders Of Depression And Alcoholism
A perfect example is in the case of depression in all its forms. Whether it is bi-polar or obsessive compulsive, clinical or anxiety ridden, ONE80CENTER has seen the wreckage caused when the co-occurring disorders of depression and alcoholism are set against each other. Drinking not only makes depression worse because alcohol is a depressant, it also obstructs the anti-depressant medications designed to help the client who suffers from the co-occurring disorders of depression and alcoholism.
Such a frustrating problem becomes a Catch-22 as the alcoholic is caught in a deadly spiral of aggravating their co-occurring disorders of depression and alcoholism. Why do alcoholics have the unique inability of being unable to heed the warning labels on the prescription bottles of antidepressants and mood stabilizers. All of these labels seem to say the same thing: DO NOT DRINK ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES WHEN TAKING THIS MEDICATION or ALCOHOL MAY INTENSIFY THIS EFFECT with an image of a man clearly well sedated.
As veteran drinkers, alcoholics are arrogant and believe they can handle just about everything. They rationalize their behaviors by expressing how alcohol is a better anti-depressant for them than any stupid medication. The insanity of the alcoholic mind in the form of the disease of perception is downright incredible. Despite negative consequences and clear evidence to the contrary, they cannot escape vicious cycles of alcohol abuse.
When an alcoholic ignores a warning label, it is just one more example of the disease running rampant and out of control. Despite the necessity of anti-depressant medication and a diagnosis of depression, the alcoholic will not stop and will continue on the road of self-destruction. ONE80CENTER has watched such tragedies unfold again and again as the co-occurring disorders of depression and alcoholism are set against each other and spiral downwards. This is a main motivation for the work we do. You cannot imagine how gratifying it is when we actually can help our clients break such vicious cycles of abuse and begin the road of true recovery.
Co-Occurring Disorders Of Depression And Alcoholism Deadly Spiral
Avoiding the destructive end product of alcoholism happens through early intervention and taking the first steps on the road of recovery. The most useful stepping-stone before any treatment method is to recognize that the problem of the co-occurring disorders of depression and alcoholism set against each other exists. If you have a friend or a loved one or a colleague experiencing such problems, if you sense their co-occurring disorders of alcoholism and depression are leading to a downward spiral, contact ONE80CENTER for informed help.
Quitting Drinking On Your Own Is Dangerous, Leading To Intensified Anxiety And Increased Self-Medication
Alcohol is a coping agent, and it is often connected to the anxiety experienced by an individual. Anxiety is an everyday companion for tons of people in our fast-paced, information-driven world of technology, static and noise. Women in particular exhibit higher rates of anxiety according to hospital admissions for panic attack. More than twice as many women are admitted to hospitals for anxiety disorders when compared to the admission rates of men. What is incredible is how many of these patients turn out to be cross-addicted, abusing both alcohol and anxiety drugs in the form of benzodiazepines like Valium and Xanax. At ONE80CENTER, our clinical staff’s goal is to address the underlying co-occurring anxiety disorder of the client while giving them freedom from self-medication and the abuse of alcohol.
Quitting Drinking On Your Own Can Increase Anxiety
If you live in a constant state of anxiety, ONE80CENTER understands how difficult your daily life can be when the panic hits. Did you know that alcohol withdrawal could turn an everyday experience of anxiety into a full-blown panic attack? If you have problem with alcohol and you are worried about your drinking, you should definitely do everything you can to stop. We want you to discover the freedom of recovery, but we want to ensure your health as well. We don’t want an attempt to give up alcohol to lead to greater self-medication, addiction, and even possible overdose. We want you to be safe and your health to be protected.
Being caught between dual problems of alcohol abuse and prescription pill self-medication to deal with an underlying anxiety condition is like being caught in a vise. The more you try to deal with one problem, the worse the other problem gets. It seems like there is no way to find the comfort and piece you experienced in the good old days. Luckily, this dark feeling is not correct, and it is a result of your disease of perception. With help, you can find the peace you desire.
Self-Medication Is Not The Answer To Increased Anxiety Problems
Yes, it is true that giving up alcohol and prescription medications after you have become dependent on them, both physically and psychologically, can be extremely difficult. But it can be done, and the clinical team at ONE80CENTER are experts at helping our clients comfortably manage the process of detox in a safe and supportive environment. Not only do we want you to get back on your feet, feeling rested and secure. Through our supportive community and positive groups and therapeutic tools, we will help build the inner strength to avoid going back into the shivering darkness when you leave our treatment center. In addition, once you become part of our community, you know that the talented staff at and alumni of ONE80CENTER will always be available to help you handle any speed bumps on the road of recovery.