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Drug Overdose Stories

An unsettling reality is that most drug overdose stories are told about the person rather than by the person.  For this reason, drug overdose events can be frightening whether it is personally experienced, observed, survived or ends in death.  But, as Munchie Morgan in her drug overdoes story about losing her sister to addiction said, “where there is breath, there is hope.”  And while in essence, this sentiment may be true, the disease of addiction typically put the addicted person at risk of a fatal overdose. This is because most addicts experience multiple overdose events before they seek or get help.  

In recent years, the surge in drug overdose deaths and suicides have been linked, in part, to the stalled or flat-lining of life expectancy in America.  According to records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), drug overdose deaths in the U.S. have been rising primarily because the misuse of powerful prescription painkillers like Vicodin and OxyContin.  Based on CDC records, at least 47,055 died of a drug overdose in the United States, which is the equivalent of 125 deaths daily. 

In her story titled “Fighting for My Life One Day at a Time”, Caitlin tells how she experienced so many overdose incidents that she fully expected to die with a needle in her arm. As it turns out, Caitlin was fortunate to have survived what she described as “overdoses galore” because other people in addiction who overdose do not.  “After experiencing the death of many people close to me this opened my eyes and made me realize I could die” she said. Today, thanks to the decision to seek treatment, Caitlin’s life is far removed from the constant threat of a drug overdose.  

As a recovering addict, Caitlin says she no long want to be added to the number of those killed by addiction.   Many people who finally decide to enter a drug rehab facility often get their first glimpse of hope of escaping the trap of addiction.  Working with experienced drug intervention specialist and interacting with others going through the same or similar experiences caused by addiction can shift misconceptions about addiction.  

After the drug detoxification program that is designed to safely halt drug use and eliminate accumulated toxins many people are able to achieve greater mental clarity than they have, sometimes in years.  Because withdrawal symptoms often cause many people to relapse when they try to quit on their own the detoxification program is therefore a critical component of any drug intervention process.  Patients who choose to detox at a drug rehab facility receive around the clock medical oversight and the physical and mental support necessary to get through this difficult aspect of recovery.  

It is important to understand however, that the detoxification process does not address the neurological impairments caused by addiction. As such, it is critical that the it is followed by a carefully planned continuum of care that:

  • addresses the root cause of addiction,
  • treats any underlying mental disorder that is co-occurring with the addiction
  • provides pharmacological support to assist with cravings when necessary,
  • changes negative patterns of behavior and
  • provides relapse prevention education and training.   
  • establishes a feasible and effective after-care plan to support long term sobriety

A fatal drug overdose can happen to anyone abusing drugs at any use event.  Treatment provides an opportunity to stop the abuse and remove the constant threat of a drug overdose.  Recognizing the need for help and making a decision to accept it, is the first step on the road to recovery.     

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