The term drug overdose (or simply overdose or OD) describes the ingestion or application of a drug or other substance in quantities greater than are recommended or generally practiced. An overdose may result in a toxic state or death. Overdoses are either intentional or unintentional. If the person taking or giving a substance did not mean to hurt themselves or others, then it is unintentional.
An overdose is a medical emergency that requires immediate medical attention. If you or someone you know is experiencing any signs of an overdose, call 911 immediately.
A person’s tolerance to overdose varies with age, state of health, how the substance was consumed and other factors. The body often heals with or without treatment. However, death is a risk in some cases. This may be instant or may follow more slowly if organs are permanently damaged.
Causes of an Overdose
A person can overdose on drugs or alcohol for a number of reasons. Some of the most common causes of an overdose include:
- Accidental Ingestion
- Taking More than Intended
- Suicide Attempt
- Combining Different Substances
- Detoxing then Taking the Same Amount as Before (a pre-tolerance dose)
- Failure to Comply with Prescription Dosage
- Taking a Drug with Higher Purity than Normal
Symptoms of Drug Overdose
A wide range of signs and symptoms can occur when a person overdoses, and everyone responds differently. Signs and symptoms depend on a variety of factors including which drug is taken, the amount taken and the person’s state of health at the time. General symptoms of a drug overdose may include:
- Abdominal Cramps
- Loss of Balance
- Seizures (fitting)
- Breathing Difficulties/Not Breathing
- Internal Bleeding
- Visual Disturbances
- Snoring Deeply
- Turning Blue
Information provided above is courtesy of: https://www.cdc.gov
Addiction Treatment after and Overdose
After medical care is provided to treat a drug or alcohol overdose, the patient should seek immediate addiction treatment and/or mental health services to address any underlying psychological problems and reduce the risk of future overdoses.
We at Florida Center for Recovery (FCR) offer inpatient addiction treatment programs with all-inclusive medical detox on premises. Our programs include biofeedback therapy to help clients better manage withdrawal symptoms effectively by controlling stress and other unfavorable emotions. Our medical and clinical team is experienced in developing treatment plans to address each client’s substance abuse and the underlying issues associated with the development of the addiction, including trauma. All of our behavioral, alternative and holistic therapies are well integrated to deliver the right intervention at the right time. Each client is discharged from the program with a thorough aftercare plan to help address any ongoing medical and/or psychiatric needs, and to ensure continued support for a lasting positive outcome.
Connect with someone who can help you by calling Florida Center for Recovery at toll free: 844-989-4036.