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Cross Faded: Meaning, Effects, and Risks in 2024

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Mixing drugs has always been a dangerous practice, but the recent cross-faded trend demonstrates that the purposeful mixing of addictive substances is on the rise. Some people who abuse drugs and alcohol choose to mix substances to experience the desired effects. However, this type of drug abuse is dangerous and can be deadly, as overdose death rates confirm. If you are engaged in this practice and find it hard to stop abusing drugs or alcohol, you need help. Substance abuse treatment can help you combat this problem. 

Resurgence Behavioral Health is a leading addiction treatment center. Our treatment programs include medical detox, inpatient/residential rehab, outpatient treatment, and aftercare. Because our addiction specialists are licensed clinicians, they can prescribe medication-assisted treatment and offer dual diagnosis treatment to clients who are suffering from both a substance use disorder and mental illness such as depression or anxiety. Not all rehab centers provide comprehensive care, but Resurgence Behavioral Health does.

One of the hallmarks of Resurgence Behavioral Health’s rehab center is our commitment to providing individualized treatment. Each client arrives with a different set of circumstances and different needs. We can assess each client’s condition and recommend the ideal course of treatment for them. Our rehab center is a safe and positive setting where clients can immerse themselves in recovery. Our setting is comfortable and complemented by a wide range of amenities that promote clients’ health and well-being. 

Resurgence Behavioral Health features treatment that addresses each aspect of addiction, including cross-fading and other substance abuse practices. Treatment is not a cure, as substance addiction is not considered to be a curable condition, but it can help clients effectively manage their condition and prevent relapse. 

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Understanding the Slang: What Does Cross-Faded Mean?

Cross faded refers to the practice of mixing drugs or drugs and alcohol on purpose. Some people practice cross-fading to achieve the desired effects. People might mix an opioid with a benzo to enhance feelings of relaxation. In some cases, illicit drug producers mix drugs to improve the ‘high’ that their buyers are likely to experience. Some drug combinations might cause a more intense high or a longer-lasting high. 

Unfortunately, there is never a guarantee that mixing drugs will lead to the desired effects or that the combination of substances will not cause overdose and death. Many drug-related deaths occur because of drug mixing. Crossfading is simply drug mixing under a different name. It’s never a good idea, and though a trend among many drug users, it can lead to terrible health consequences. 

The Science Behind Getting Cross-Faded

Drugs, whether illicit or prescription, cause certain effects. For example, opioids impact the reward center of the brain, which leads to pleasurable feelings and a decrease in pain. Science tells us how opioids achieve this by targeting the opioid receptors in the brain. Naturally, other drugs produce different effects, and science explains what these effects are and how the effects are produced. Some people mix drugs to intensify their effects. They may reason that combining two stimulants is better than using just one. Or, they might combine drugs to balance the effects of different drugs and their effects. 

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The problem is that drug users and drug pushers are not typically pharmacists or doctors who study the effects of drugs in medical school. So, they are guessing at drug combinations and doses. They might achieve a desirable effect sometimes. However, it only takes one mistake to cause a trip to the emergency room–or the city morgue. That’s the grim reality of drug abuse and dangerous trends like cross-fading.

Common Misconceptions about Being Cross-Faded

The most common misconception among people who crossfade is that if they used one combination before and it seemed safe, they can repeat the practice safely again. That’s not true since people might use inaccurate doses. Also, the drug supply changes. How do users know that the dealer is using the same ingredients in the drug? Cross-fading is never a safe practice. Even mixing legal substances like legalized marijuana, edibles, and alcohol can lead to a medical emergency. Mixing prescription drugs — unless advised by a doctor — is also never a safe practice. 

The Dangers of Mixing Substances: Risks of Being Cross-Faded

Mixing substances is dangerous because it can adversely impact health and even cause overdose and death. Symptoms of overdose can occur quickly. A person who cross-fades alone may be unable to call for help should adverse drug symptoms escalate in severity. Drug abuse, whether abusing one or more than one at the same time, can lead to permanent adverse health effects or cause a medical emergency that could lead to death. 

Resurgence Behavioral Health’s Perspective on Cross-Faded Behavior

Cross-fading is a dangerous form of substance abuse that needs to stop. Unfortunately, people who have developed an addiction to a drug find it difficult or even impossible to stop. At Resurgence Behavioral Health, we help clients stop abusing drugs, and that includes any form of substance abuse. Cross-fading can lead to the development of a polydrug addiction, which is an addiction to more than one drug. We offer a blend of treatments that target the physical, psychological, and behavioral aspects of substance addiction. Our therapeutic approaches can help you to curtail dangerous forms of drug abuse and develop strategies for getting off drugs for good. 

Recognizing the Warning Signs of Cross-Faded Abuse

It’s not always easy to recognize when a loved one is abusing drugs or engaged in a dangerous practice like crossfading. If you mix drugs or mix drugs and alcohol, you are involved in an unsafe practice and should stop. If you cannot stop — a hallmark of substance addiction — you should get help at a rehab center like Resurgence Behavioral Health. Some common warning signs of cross-fading include:

  • Stockpiling multiple drugs.
  • Using more than one drug at the same time (without a doctor’s permission).
  • Taking a drug and using alcohol at the same time.
  • Taking a drug to combat or heighten the effects of another drug.

How Resurgence Behavioral Health Can Help with Cross-Faded Issues

If you crossfade or abuse drugs in any other manner, Resurgence Behavioral Health can help. Our rehab center offers clients a safe place to detox and get the help they need to stop abusing drugs for good. Our treatment programs are always customized to the needs of each client. So, if you have a polydrug addiction or dual diagnosis, for instance, we’re able to provide treatment that’s tailored to your needs. We also offer programs with varying levels of support; this helps us meet clients wherever they are in their recovery process. 

Prevention and Education: Staying Safe in 2024

Visit Resurgence Behavioral Health or contact our rehab at 855-458-0050 to learn more about how we can help you stop abusing drugs and alcohol. Our experienced clinicians can help you get off drugs and stop engaging in dangerous practices like cross-fading. Call us to find out more about our accepted insurance plans, enrollment process, and addiction treatment programs. With help, you can put drug abuse behind you for good.

Josh Chandler
Josh Chandler
After growing up in Chicago and North Carolina, Josh chose to get help with substance use disorder and mental health in California because of the state's reputation for top-tier treatment. There, he found the treatment he needed to achieve more than five years of recovery. He's been in the drug and alcohol addiction rehab industry for four years and now serves as the Director of Admissions for Resurgence Behavioral Health. Josh remains passionate about the field because he understands that one phone call can alter the course of a person's life.

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