Hybrid Addictions Introduce New Challenges for Treatment Centers

Why does one person develop an addiction to something while others can easily leave it alone? Is it addictive behavior or is it something in the brain that causes one person to gravitate toward the substance or behavior?

Treatment providers are accustomed to examining this phenomenon, including the dangers of cross-addiction. This condition pertains to the individual who has tackled an addiction in one area and then shifts the addictive behavior to something else.

A new trend is emerging, according to a KSL post. Some addicts are no longer waiting to cross-addict and are instead falling into a new category of hybrid addicts. These individuals are using multiple substances at the same time.

The pairing of addictions is demonstrating itself among those with an addiction to drugs and an addiction to sex; those with an addiction to alcohol and an addiction to sex; an addiction to drugs and alcohol; and even those with an addiction to all three. In each case, the addict does not have power over the urge to resist the addiction, regardless of the consequences.

The use of alcohol and cocaine together is not necessarily a new trend, but instead a precursor to a new hybrid that adds in an addiction to sex. When cocaine and alcohol are mixed, they actually create a third drug known as cocaethylene. This third drug amplifies the effects of both substances and is especially toxic to the liver while placing extreme strain on the heart.

When an addiction to sex is added to the mix, the individual becomes more difficult to treat and many centers are not equipped to handle such a challenge. Too often, treatment addresses the individual addictions and not the hybrid, which could be ignoring important elements to address that can help in overcoming the addictions and establish a solid road to recovery.


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