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Dealing with a Loved One’s Overdose

Dealing with a Loved One's OverdoseAn overdose is a traumatic experience for everyone involved, including the addict and his family members. Des Moines residents who endure this issue can recover if they have the right help.

Help for Overdose

If your Des Moines child has overdosed, then get her into addiction treatment. In treatment, your child will have a safe and structured environment in which to focus on recovery. Healing from an overdose means the addict must heal in the following ways:

  • Physical healing – An overdose devastates a user’s physical wellbeing. Patients require medically supervised detox to remove the toxins from their bodies. In addition, many addicts have already compromised their health because of the addiction, so when overdose occurs, the body suffers even further. Therefore, the nutritional and fitness services in rehab become invaluable to overcome the physical damage of overdose.
  • Emotional healing – Whether a Des Moines resident intended to overdose or not, it is important that the addict explores what led to such an extreme behavior. Individual counseling and therapy give the addict several ways to expose the issues that led to overdose, and then they empower addicts to recover. It is difficult to resolve an issue without understanding what it is.
  • Family healing – While addicts heal individually, they must also heal their family relationships. Family counseling empowers people to speak honestly, confront destructive forces and to learn effective ways to interact as a family.

Overdose recovery is only part of addiction recovery, so get help to address the issues underlying it.

Overdose Help for Family Members

If you have other children, it is important to look for signs of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Enduring trauma such as overdose can cause extreme stress while it disorients other family members. According to the Mayo Clinic, people experience a wide range of feelings after a traumatic event. Des Moines residents may experience fear, anxiety, a lack of focus, sadness and changes in sleeping or eating patterns. Many people also have nightmares or cannot stop thinking about the event. If your family member displays these disturbing symptoms for more than a month, seek professional help.

You may want to start with your family doctor, who will likely refer you to a counselor that specializes in addiction. Get treatment as soon as possible to prevent symptoms from getting worse.

Des Moines Overdose Help

Dealing with a loved one’s overdose is overwhelming. We are here to help Des Moines residents by connecting them with information and resources to deal with overdose. Please call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline anytime. We can answer your questions and we want to help.