THE SPECIFICS OF OPIOID OVERDOSES
Although the news is filled with countless tragic stories about innocent people who died after being exposed to fentanyl or other synthetics, we have to consider that opioids constitute a wide variety of drugs from different sources. For example, codeine and morphine are medically-approved drugs that are naturally derived from a plant, while fentanyl is an opioid that is 100% manmade (i.e. constructed in a laboratory). However, one factor that unites each of these drugs is the propensity to claim lives. Whether prescription pills or artificial painkillers are used, victims are still popping up across the country. So, for today, let’s take a closer look and find out the specifics of opioid overdoses.
Naloxone: The Guardian Angel
Paramedics, doctors, nurses, and other members of the medical community will typically turn to one drug to save the lives of overdose victims: naloxone. As an opioid agonist, designed to block the effects of opioid medications, this drug will completely reverse the effects of an overdose and will kickstart a victim’s breathing. In fact, people who have witnessed naloxone in action have described this drug as borderline miraculous.
Nowadays, even police officers are carrying naloxone to combat overdoses.
The Danger of Opioids
Remember that opioids are highly addictive substances. Whether these drugs are synthetic or natural, victims can still become addicts or abusers if they do not follow the instructions given by a doctor. Over time, your body will begin to tolerate the drug (also known as chemical dependence), which will force you to take more and more of the opioid to achieve the same feeling of relief. As a tragic result, you can potentially overdose in an effort to feel better.
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Opioid use disorder is easily one of the most terrifying substance use disorders on the planet, mostly because opioid addiction partially stems from a large number of drugs that are legally regulated by the federal government. For decades, our country has suffered beneath the weight of dangerous synthetics and legal painkillers, and millions of Americans have suffered from addiction throughout the 20 years the crisis has been brewing. However, you can make the right decision by taking a stand against your addiction and regaining your health and happiness.
If you are suffering from a severe case of drug addiction, or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process of opioid withdrawal and detox and guide you along the rocky road of rehabilitation. Soon enough, you will experience a faster and much more efficient recovery.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your mental illness and take an extra step toward becoming a healthier person.