Speedball: Addiction Effects And Recovery

Speedball is the combination of a stimulant and an antidepressant. The mixtures vary, there is a mixture of Xanax and methamphetamine, ecstasy and marijuana, etc.

The most common type of speedball is a mixture of cocaine and heroin. This combination is either snorted or injected into the bloodstream. If you’re in Delray and need healing as an addict, get over to Legacy Healing Delray.


Substance abusers have claimed that a mixture of both cocaine and heroin happens to be more potent than either used alone. To every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction. The supposed potency of a mixture of cocaine and heroin is also ten times more dangerous than just one of both or any other drug.

A more detailed inquiry into why substance abusers go the extra mile deduced that the user tries to nullify the adverse effects of both drugs with each other; a substance “short-circuit”


A speedball addiction may be considered the most lethal of substance addictions because it is the continued usage and possible overdose of a stimulant and an antidepressant which most of the time are illegal substances.

The recovery road for speedball addicts is often rougher and they risk several relapses especially if they are not getting adequate medical care.

Detoxing for speedball addicts could be excruciatingly stressful, painfully, and tiring also as the brain is already impaired to think these substances are rewards.


Speedball has no positive effects on the user. The claim that it does is merely a delusion as the adverse effects are far greater and even last longer than the temporary relief it may provide its users.

The effects of speedball vary from combination to combination, but the most common type of speedball which is a mixture of cocaine and heroin include:

  1. Hypersensitivity to touch, sight and smell.
  2. High blood pressure.
  3. Rapid heartbeats.
  4. Incoherence.
  5. Blurred vision.
  6. Loss of control over mental faculties
  7. Severe spasms.
  8. Stupor.
  9. Hallucinations.
  10. Brain impairment.

Severe effects may include:

  1. Stroke.
  2. Cardiac arrest
  3. Respiratory failure
  4. Death.


The recovery road for speedball addicts is often rougher and they risk several relapses especially if they lack adequate medical care, support, and supervision.

However, recovery is only difficult and not impossible.

Below are a few practical steps:


The first step on the road to recovery is acceptance of the victim. Many addicts live in denial of their conditions because they cannot reason clearly, they are afraid, or they have tried to give up their addiction many a time and have failed woefully.


The second thing to do is to find a rehabilitation center. Ask your doctor or any other trusted health professional for recommendations.


Go for treatment. The treatment process will consist of three major phases which are:

  1. Detoxification
  2. Medication
  3. Therapy


Detoxification is the process of easing out the dependence on the addiction by the gradual or complete stoppage of the substance and medically treating withdrawal symptoms that come with the stoppage.


This is the process of prescribing drugs to help with the recovery process. They include milder prescriptions like sedatives and pills to aid anxiety.


The most common and efficient type of therapy for speedball addiction is cognitive-behavioral therapy. This is the process of talking things out with a therapist and assessing thoughts. Other types of therapy include; individual counseling, family counseling, joining support groups, and self-control training.


Abusing a substance is already bad, mixing substances with stimulants is worse and it is not worth it. Recovery is possible despite many relapses. Find the right health personnel and do not be afraid of opening up and or trying again.