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05.09.2018

What Causes An Overdose?

Living with an addiction to alcohol, prescription pills or drugs is a daily gamble with your health and well-being. If you are stuck in the harmful cycle of addiction, you should seek out help immediately to avoid further damage to your body, finances and relationship with loved ones. Getting professional care now is the best way to avoid an accidental overdose which can be fatal in some cases.

Many people living with an active addiction overdose on accident throughout their lives. Typically, an overdose occurs as a result of a high tolerance to alcohol or drugs. Some people may fail to get the same high or buzz that they once had at the same dosage and may accidentally use too much of a harmful substance in order to get more effects. In other cases, an individual may mix substances on their own or at a party and suffer from an overdose as a result. Regardless of how it happens, overdose is often a sign of a serious and long term addiction.

What Happens When You Overdose?

When someone overdoses, the body cannot fight off the high level of harmful substances on its own. Sufferers may experience a variety of uncomfortable symptoms, including the following:

  • Shallow breathing
  • Confusion
  • Loss of bodily functions
  • Short and long-term Memory loss
  • Seizures or aches
  • Severe nausea
  • Intense migraines

The long-term effects of an overdose include permanent brain damage, loss of motor skills and organ damage, making it critical to seek out help immediately. If you feel that you or someone you love has or is at risk of overdosing, seek out medical help immediately. Your next step should be detox followed by treatment in a rehabilitation facility. Medical detox enables your body to safely release built up toxins caused by addiction in a controlled and supervised environment. It can break your physical dependence to substances and give you the mental clarity you need to prepare for treatment.

Overdose is a terrifying reality of addiction that can lead to serious health complications and even death. Do not put your well-being at risk any longer. Our team of compassionate addiction specialists are ready to get you on track for recovery. Get started by calling 800-737-0933 today

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