No matter your drug of choice, surviving a drug overdose is an amazing thing.[i] Not everyone who overdoses on heroin, prescription painkillers, cocaine, alcohol and other drugs lives through the experience.
If you did, you have been given a second chance to alter your life’s path and make the changes necessary to live a drug-free life. The first step is reaching out for help and getting into treatment. As you think about your life going forward, these additional steps can help move you in the right direction.
Be Thankful You Survived
Waking up from a drug overdose, as painful as that experience can be, should be counted as one of the luckiest moments in your life. You have so much left to experience and do in this world – things you can contribute, things you can create, people you can love and support.
If overdosing on drugs and/or alcohol was an accident, you will likely wake up with a wave of thankfulness that you survived the experience and with a fresh hope for making changes in your life that will make your future better. Don’t waste that inspiration. Get on the phone right now and call to enroll yourself in a drug detox and addiction treatment program.
Get Medical Assistance
In many cases, you may have only survived the drug overdose because someone called emergency medical support on your behalf. If you have somehow survived an overdose without any kind of treatment, go to the nearest emergency room or all 911 right away.
Proper medical treatment at this stage can determine if you are in a stable condition and healthy enough to begin treatment. Leave the drug paraphernalia and remaining substance behind and get help. Once you’ve undergone a medical exam, the next step is to enroll yourself in drug and alcohol detox.
The only way to guarantee you’ll never have to go through or risk a drug overdose again is to get medically supervised detox and addiction treatment. Psychological cravings for your drug of choice can be powerful – far more powerful than your desire to quit abusing drugs and alcohol. It’s important that you have support for when your resolve weakens or you feel tempted to get high or drink again. It’s also important to get the ongoing medical care you need in case you experience complications as withdrawal symptoms begin or if you are diagnosed with a co-occurring medical or psychological disorder.
The type of treatment you choose is up to you – just make sure that you opt for a drug and alcohol rehab that includes medically-supervised detox as well as dual diagnosis and psychotherapy.
Treatment at Michael’s House
At Michael’s House, we provide a drug and alcohol rehab program in Palm Springs, California that offers detox as well as addiction treatment and sober living. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to help you find the right treatment program for your unique situation. Call us now for more information.
 WebMD. “Drug Overdose,” April 23, 2016. Accessed May 8, 2017. http://www.webmd.com/mental-health/addiction/drug-overdose
 Mayo Clinic. “Drug Addiction- Treatments and Drugs,” Dec. 5 2014. Accessed May 8, 2017. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/drug-addiction/basics/treatment/con-20020970
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