Getting Rehab after Multiple Drug Overdoses

Getting Rehab after Multiple Drug Overdoses

If you or a loved one has survived multiple drug overdoses, there is a drug problem. While you are lucky to still be alive, every day you continue to use drugs brings you closer to the overdose that could kill you. The chances of a fatal overdose will only increase, as you become tolerant of higher doses of the drug and take greater amounts on a regular basis. The way to prevent overdose is to come to terms with your problem and get help. If you have a loved one who is struggling with drug abuse, an intervention may be needed to help your loved one see the problem clearly. If you are struggling yourself, know that getting help now will save you from further physical and emotional harm.

How to Recognize an Overdose

Overdoses don’t only happen to people who abuse drugs. A person may be using a drug with a prescription for a legitimate need, and he or she may accidentally take too much or mix it with another substance. For this reason it is important to learn about the medicine you are taking and what possible combinations could be dangerous. Most overdoses are due to abuse of prescription and other drugs for the purpose of recreation or self-medication. Tolerance and dependence are major factors in these overdoses, as they cause a person to continue use and increase dose to dangerous levels.

Overdose can be fatal, and it is important to know the signs of a possible overdose so that you can take the appropriate action to save your life or the life of a loved one. The real solution is asking for help and getting into rehab, but knowing what to look for can give you or a loved one the chance to get there. Overdose symptoms vary depending on the drug involved, but possible signs of overdose can include the following:

  • Extreme intoxication
  • Confusion
  • Slurred speech
  • Nodding off to sleep
  • Trouble breathing
  • Difficulty waking up
  • Slow heart beat

Stage an Intervention and Prevent Overdose

If you have a loved one that struggles with drug abuse, an intervention may be needed to save his or her life. Someone who has survived multiple overdoses and continued to use drugs is likely in denial about addiction and the need for help. Staging an intervention may be the only way to show your loved one how far they have fallen and how much danger they are in. When staging an intervention it is important not to make the person feel attacked. You and two or three other people can sit down with your loved one and share your concerns and your willingness to offer support and assistance. Your loved one may feel defensive, so it is important not to accuse but simply to offer help.

Find Addiction Rehabilitation after Overdosing

If you or a loved one has suffered multiple drug overdoses, the only way to prevent the one that could be fatal is to get help now. Call our 24 hour toll-free helpline to speak with a trained addiction counselor who can help you learn about treatment options. The call you make today could save your life.