What is polysubstance use?
Polysubstance use refers to the concurrent or sequential use of multiple psychoactive substances, either intentionally or unintentionally. In addiction treatment, it can complicate the process, as individuals may have more complex medical and psychological needs. Addressing polysubstance use is essential in comprehensive care approaches.
Polysubstance use has been an issue in substance use treatment for decades. With the rise of the opioid epidemic, the importance of addressing polysubstance use has become increasingly clear, as it contributes to increased risk of overdose, negative health outcomes, and treatment challenges.