Enter Drug Rehab Before an Overdose Happens

Addiction can Happen Very Quickly

Regardless of how strong you believe your willpower to be or how great your ability to stay restrained actually is, you are still susceptible to addiction to drugs or alcohol. Not only that, but an addiction to drugs can sneak up on you very fast, especially if you are not careful about your intake.

Though the chance of you becoming addicted to a substance after a single use (like many people believe of a handful of drugs) is rare to the point of being a curiosity, a few days of consistent substance use can lead to addiction. There is no set time or number of uses that will lead to an addiction, though, which means it can take root far faster than you might think. All it takes is having the drugs take up certain receptor space in your brain, which can lead to continuous cravings of the feelings brought about by the drug.

And while trying to recreate the effects of using the drug that were experienced the first time the substance was used, people end up taking more and more drugs each every time they consume them. This is often the cause of overdoses all over Ft. Lauderdale and the rest of South Florida. An addiction to the drug only increases the chance that an overdose will happen, and drug rehab is a far preferable choice in that situation.

 

You Don’t Need to be at “Rock Bottom” to Seek Rehab

Just as most people think that an overdose can only happen when someone uses a ludicrous amount of drugs, they also often believe that the only people who need or should go to rehab are those who have hit the lowest point in their lives. Much to the contrary, the earlier rehab is sought, the better the chances that the addiction can be ended and more easily recovered from. Seeking drug rehab in Ft. Lauderdale will mean ending the risk of overdose at a very reasonable price and without a ton of time needed to be spent on inpatient rehab care.

 

Drug Overdose – When the Emergency Room Trumps the Rehab Center

How to Tell if Someone has Overdosed

Seeing a loved one go through overdose symptoms can be truly frightening, especially when some of the more serious symptoms strike. Nonetheless, if you do not know what you are looking out for or why, you might simply assume that the person is having some kind of different health issue and you may end up not getting them the help they need for their drug abuse problem.

Overdosing on drugs comes with a plethora of visible side effects. If someone has taken far too many drugs for their body to handle, they will more often than not experience or exhibit multiple symptoms, including the following:

  • Passing out
  • Loss of perception
  • Not responding
  • Seizure
  • Tremors
  • Convulsions
  • Irritation
  • Confusion
  • Disorientation
  • Violent behavior
  • High body temperatures
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Blue extremities
  • Drowning sounds
  • Breathing difficulties, including stopped breathing
  • Pupil dilation
  • Chest pain
  • Babbling
  • Severe incoordination

 

Get Immediate Help for an Overdose

Should you suspect that a loved one has overdosed on drugs, you need to act immediately and get them help. This isn’t a time to worry about whether they will get in trouble for using a substance, especially since overdose so often leads to death when people aren’t treated right away.

For a drug overdose, take the person to the nearest emergency room. Your quick action in doing so may be the difference between life and death for them.

 

After the Overdose has Been Handled

Watching someone go through an overdose and getting them treatment at the emergency room might seem like the problem has finally ended, but there is a good chance that the person has an addiction to drugs of some kind. Once they are out of the hospital for the overdose, contact us to determine the best course of action. We will help discover if the overdose was a one-time thing or whether a drug addiction is present.