Sunrise Ranch provides drug addiction treatment rooted in a science-based, research-supported clinical model to ensure a healthier, more satisfying life, without addiction.
The risks of drug addiction and overdose
The abuse of substances carries the potential to wreak havoc across every area of a person’s life. From one’s career to relationships to one’s financial stability, substance abuse and addiction often causes some form of destruction at one point or another and can be ongoing if professional care at a drug and/or alcohol rehab and treatment center is not sought. Furthermore, when a person struggles with addiction, the toll that can be taken on his or her health can be gargantuan and lead to a variety of detrimental outcomes, including death.
An individual who is addicted to drugs and/or alcohol is often at an ever-present risk for overdose and should seek care at a professional addiction rehab and treatment center. An overdose occurs when a person consumes or ingests more of substance than his or her body is able to safely handle. In some instances, a person’s body will try to excrete the substance consumed in an attempt to prevent organ systems from becoming overrun with the substance, as this is the body’s way of trying to preserve its healthy functioning. For example, to prevent overdose, a person may involuntarily vomit in direct response to ingesting too much of a substance.
In addition to the potential of overdosing on too much of a given substance, it is also possible to overdose on multiple substances. Those who abuse alcohol and prescription medications, those who abuse cocaine and heroin, or those who abuse other combinations of substances are just as at risk as other people who abuse a single substance, as mixing certain substances can be hazardous to a person’s well-being. Reputable treatment centers such as Sunrise Ranch in Riverside, California can help individuals overcome their addictions and avoid the risk of overdose.
The signs of drug overdose
Depending on the substance that a person is abusing, the telltale signs of overdose can vary. An overdose following the use of a substance or substances should be treated as a medical emergency as death is a possibility if care at a rehab and treatment center is not sought.
If you or a loved one is abusing a substance, and one or more of the following occurs, it is possible that an overdose has occurred and it’s imperative that someone call 9-1-1 or go to the nearest emergency room for treatment as quickly as possible:
- Breathing changes
- Chest pain
- Constricted or dilated pupils
- Delayed response to stimuli
- Discolored tongue
- Dry mouth
- Heart attack
- Loss of color to one’s skin, lips, and/or fingernails
- Loss of coordination
- Muscle cramping
- Muscle spasms
- Organ failure
- Rapid eye movement
- Slurred speech
- Uncontrolled muscle movements
- Weakened pulse
Drug addiction rehab for drug overdose in Riverside, CA
As it has been stated, if a person displays signs of an overdose, emergency medical attention should be sought. In some instances, an ambulance may be required in order to safely transport a person to a local hospital or addiction rehab and treatment center, so it is best to err on the side of caution and call 9-1-1.
If you are accompanying an individual who is experiencing overdose to the hospital, it would beneficial to provide the treatment providers with the following information. Additionally, if you are the individual who is in need of such medical care, the below listed information would be beneficial to disclose if you are able:
- The type of substance or substances that were consumed
- The amount of the given substance or substances that were consumed
Emergency medical professionals will need this information in order to determine how to best treat the individual who is experiencing an overdose. However, if the above information is not readily available, these same professionals are trained to assess if an overdose on a particular substance is occurring. Whatever the case, emergency help is a person’s best option if the warning signs of an overdose are present.
While it is possible that a person can experience an accidental overdose on a substance or substances, an overdose can also signify the presence of a substance abuse problem. In the event an individual is grappling with an addiction and overdoses, treatment should be considered in order to prevent a grave outcome.
At Sunrise Ranch, we understand how all-consuming an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol can be, and we made our substance abuse rehab and treatment center programming uniquely prepared to help people get on and stay on the path of long-lasting recovery. Whether you or someone important in your life is struggling with an alcohol, heroin, methamphetamine, cocaine, or another type of chemical dependency problem, we can help.
To learn more about how we, at Sunrise Ranch, can provide you or your loved one with the care needed to defeat an addiction to substances, please contact us at your convenience. We look forward to supplying the support and skills needed to live a truly recovered life.