Perhaps you have just received a call from your loved one, and they are scared. They may have taken many drugs or aren’t feeling too well after consuming a lot of alcohol. Substance abuse can bring about a lot of unpleasant side effects such as mood swings, anxiety, depression, irritability, euphoria, hyperactivity, blackouts, and more. There is a fine line between drug misuse and drug overdose, and knowing when to call for help is important. Understanding the signs of an overdose could save you or your loved one’s life. Symptoms of overdose include:
- Abdominal cramps
- Loss of balance
- Breathing difficulties
- Internal bleeding
- Turning blue
While this list is not exhaustive, they are important signs to look out for. Some individuals are led into an overdose by accident; this could be by taking the wrong drug or combination of drugs, or taking the wrong dose of drugs or at the wrong time without knowing that it will cause them harm. Other overdoses, are intentional misuses, meaning that the person took a lot of drugs to get “high” or to hurt oneself – a suicidal attempt. The New York Times has noted that preliminary data is showing approximately over 59,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2016. With the opioid crisis, drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for individuals under the age of 50. Preventative care and knowing the signs of overdose are more important now than ever before.
If a loved one has overdosed, stay calm. Call an ambulance by dialing 911, and try to get a response from them. Place the person on their side if they are unconscious. Do not try to make your loved one vomit, and do not give them anything to eat or drink. Make sure that you bring their prescription bottles with you to the hospital.
If you have struggled with addiction and are ready to take back control over your life, call us today at 888-958-7511. Avalon Malibu is a mental health and addiction recovery treatment center located in California. We believe in holistic treatment, meaning that we will work with you to restore your mind, body, and spirit. Save your own life and seek treatment today. Call us for a consultation.