The choice to enter rehab is a huge change and can be extremely stressful. If you’re even thinking about rehab, it may worry you to the point that you make some risky choices and put yourself in danger of an overdose. Detox is hard and detox fear is valid. Does a drug rehab in South Florida have emergency resources in case of an overdose?
Any time you enter a rehab facility that includes a detox treatment feature, you will also be able to get monitoring for the risk of overdose. If you’re at risk of alcohol overdose, you’ll be monitored for dehydration, choking problems, and oxygen levels. An overdose on opiates treatment protocol includes Naloxone. Your blood pressure may need to be altered and monitored if you overdose on meth. In every case, you will be carefully monitored and responsibly treated.
Overdose and Detox: Treatment and Monitoring
Overdose is a crisis that must be treated quickly. Fast action by medical professionals may be the only thing that saves your life, and that initial stretch of time is critical. You will be monitored carefully after being treated for overdose.
As you move into the detox phase, you can expect more monitoring. Your first meetings with your medical team, once you’re past the risk of overdose, will include a detailed medical history. To have a safe detox, you must be honest with your doctors about what you’ve used and the length of time you’ve used the product.
The withdrawal of detox can be extremely uncomfortable and will likely require constant medical monitoring. They may give you medications to keep you more comfortable, or give you fluid IV’s to keep you hydrated. If you don’t share fully the length of time you’ve been abusing and the drugs you’ve had in your system, your health may be at risk and your discomfort could be much worse. Share the best information you have for the most complete treatment.
The detox discomfort can be made easier with non-addictive medications. You will also be given access to a very healthy diet. If your diet has been poor, your taste buds and your gut may be in for a jolt. You may be given supplements containing vital vitamins and minerals to return your body to health. Even if you don’t feel like eating, sip juices, drink water, and eat as healthy as you can as your body is cleansed of the drugs.
Sleep if and when you can. Again, detox cravings can make it hard to eat, to focus or to rest. You may feel agitated and unable to settle to anything. If you’re not on an IV for fluids, try walking, marching in place or stretching. If you feel dirty, grab a shower or soak in a tub. Try to tire yourself out so you can rest more deeply.
Do whatever it takes to feel clean. Your body will exude toxins at an alarming rate as the detox progresses. You may sweat a great deal, or your skin and hair may feel oily. Your mouth may feel sour and your tongue appear coated. It’s a natural part of the process. As you can be on your own and get approval from your medical team, brush your teeth on a schedule and try to get in two baths a day. Keep drinking water and juice. Pay attention to your ability to taste food and try to celebrate when your ability to discern flavors returns. Savor different spices, textures and temperatures.
As your overdose crisis passes, your cleansing organs will come back online. If you were given purgatives or had your stomach pumped during your overdose, you may note that your gut isn’t behaving as it used to. This is because your detoxing organs, specifically, your liver and kidneys, are working with new materials and may be a little flummoxed. If you notice any stomach upset, particularly at night, try a little applesauce before bed to reduce the risk of reflux.
A detox facility that can help you manage your detox will have the resources to care for you in the midst of an overdose. As the emergency of an overdose passes, your body will begin to heal. You may need supplemental nutritional therapies and extra showers, mouthcare and rest. Keep going. We can help, call now 833-846-5669.