Most drugs were never originally designed to be inside the body. Some replicate naturally-occurring human body chemicals and processes once they’re inside, but more often than not, they’re a mix of chemicals designed to take advantage of the body’s tolerance for poison and the flow of nutrients inside the body. So illegal drugs, or legal drugs being used in a way unintended by the prescriber, can be incredibly harmful when taken in excess of what the body can handle. This is an overdose, which killed over 64,000 people in 2016, and the trend has only gone up.
How to Identify
The signs of an overdose of a drug are really dependent of the kind of drug being used. Drugs can be roughly divided into two categories: depressants and stimulants, or “uppers” and “downers” more colloquially. While even among these categories there are differences in overdose indications, the general thing to look for is vomiting, loss of consciousness or responsiveness, seizures, and difficulty breathing. If you know someone or are someone addicted to a substance, be familiar with the particular danger signs associated with the substance being used. (It is worth noting that dishonest pushers may sometimes say one drug is another drug to make a sale, so be wary of this as well)
Luckily South Florida has a good medical emergency response time, even in the more rural areas, so first and foremost someone seeing someone else overdose should immediately alert 911, especially if they aren’t familiar with the right medical interventions to do. This will get the professionals moving, but it will also give even an untrained person access to medical knowledge to save a life. They can instruct in CPR, first-aid suggestions, and other emergency techniques.
Help After the Fact
Needless to say, an overdose is quite likely the bottom point of a person’s drug use. After their life is no longer in jeopardy, it is important to get them to agree to rehab as quickly as possible, so that their life can be theirs again. South Florida’s drug rehab options are quite good, so it’s only a matter of getting the addict to save their own life after that point.
To learn more about drug rehab and where to find it in South Florida, contact us right away.
Detox and Rehab aren’t Necessary, But…
If you have a problem with alcohol or drug addiction, there is a good chance that you have heard from either your friends or some media source that going through rehab and / or detox is only a waste of time. However, the statistics behind rehab speaks for itself when a large majority of people who go through rehab end up not using those drugs again.
Conversely, when people attempt to quit using a substance on their own, they are far more likely to relapse or immediately continue abusing alcohol or drugs again. Much of this is because the detox portion of rehab, where the patient’s only focus is on getting the drugs physically out of their system, can be rather difficult. For example, going through oxycodone withdrawal symptoms without someone there to help or when you have to handle other tasks can be painful and near impossible – our rehab center will let you relax as much as possible in a quiet and safe environment with an experienced staff while you purge that oxycodone -or any other drug or alcohol- from your body.
Learning to Live Sober
One of the more important things to address when it comes to returning to a sober lifestyle is what you will fill the time previously spent abusing a substance with. You might just find that you have a few hours extra available each day once you quit. And though that might sound nice to have extra free time, if you don’t fill it with something you greatly increase your relapse risk. In rehab, you’ll receive classes and practice on managing free time and avoiding boredom, which is especially dangerous for you if you quit using drugs or alcohol recently.
For that extra edge in ending your addiction to oxycodone, alcohol, or any other drug be it illicit or pharmaceutical, give us a call at (866) 319-6126 or contact us online.
If you have set up an appointment to have a consultation with 1st Step Behavioral Health, or any other top-rated drug rehab center for that matter, one of the most important things that will help secure your success in rehab is that you are optimistic and you believe that the rehab will work for you. If you are skeptical, you may subconsciously sabotage your progress after leaving the facility.
On the other hand, being optimistic will mean better progress and participation in therapy, especially when it comes to group sessions. That will then also lead to having a better network for support should you ever need it, too.
Treating the Chemical Addiction
When going into drug rehab in Ft. Lauderdale (or anywhere else), the first step on a journey to sobriety is going to be detox. During detox, the patient’s sole intent is to let the substance work its way through their body. Likewise, detox is set apart from rehab because that purging of substances usually leads to accompanying withdrawal symptoms. Some of those symptoms can be especially severe, which is why detox should always include supervision.
Care for the Psychological Addiction
Regarding addiction, the physical symptoms can be easier for most people to get over than those left behind once the substance is out of their system. This is, of course, the psychological impact left behind after someone gets addicted to drugs or alcohol. During rehab, cognitive behavioral therapy, support group meetings, family therapy, and other therapies and classes help learn to deal with those residual cravings. Over time and with good help from addiction specialists, those cravings can become fairly easy to shrug off.
If you or a loved one has a substance addiction that you would like addressed, contact us at your earliest convenience to learn more or to schedule a meeting with the addiction specialists at 1st Step Behavioral Health.