For many people (possibly you), overdoses are one of the most terrifying experiences someone will ever have in their lifetime. By taking too much of a drug, you are forcing your body to work in overdrive, processing an abundance of a substance that is, for lack of a better word, not supposed to be there. Although we hear about opioid and crystal meth overdoses on the news quite frequently (in lieu of these drugs making angry comebacks at the public), one substance that also triggers exceptionally dangerous overdoses is cocaine, a naturally-occurring stimulant. Let’s take a closer look and see what a cocaine overdose feels like for addicts.
Always Call 911
Before we begin, you must always remember to call 911 if you suspect a friend or loved one is suffering from an overdose. Try to help them as much as you can, but only doctors can pull them out of these dangerous situations.
Depending on how much of the drug was consumed, the overdose can last from 10 to 20 minutes (in mild cases) or can extend for an hour (in the most severe cases). People who fall victim to the latter can suffer from heart attacks or strokes, or, in the worst-case scenario, die.
The Quantity Matters
As with every overdose, the amount of the drug always determines the severity of the overdose. In this case, less than one gram of cocaine can trigger an overdose if the victim is not accustomed to consuming large quantities of this drug. On that note, the University of Arizona confirms that hardcore cocaine addicts can consume many grams of this drug before triggering an overdose.
One of the most infamous concoctions behind overdoses is the speedball, a combination of cocaine and heroin.
Seeking Treatment for Cocaine Addiction
Over the course of many decades, cocaine has risen from the ranks of an over-the-counter stimulant to one of the most feared and destructive substances on the planet. Ultimately, this substance can destroy a person’s brain and body and trigger a severe form of addiction. However, as with any sickness, you can easily find a way to cope with your symptoms. Although addiction has no known cure, you can still stay strong and get clean, if you know where to find the right resources.
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 alcohol 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.