What could be a drug addiction emergency situation?
You may need emergency help for drug addiction when the person may have overdosed, is having convulsions or seizures, has trouble breathing, is showing changes in his/ her consciousness, has a trouble reaction – whether psychological or physical – to the drug use, or has possible signs of a heart attack such as chest pain or pressure. When a person is engaging in detoxification of the drug unsupervised, this can cause severe withdrawal symptoms which can become an emergency situation too.
How could professionals help in a drug addiction emergency?
Medical professionals including doctors and psychiatrists can prescribe medications and conduct any other medical procedures required to ensure the person’s physical health safety. They could put them on a treatment plan that helps them gradually recover from the emergency causing situation.
How to prevent a drug addiction emergency?
Early intervention can help tremendously in preventing a drug addiction emergency. This includes reducing the harm of drug abuse and the risk behaviours that have the potential to lead to injury, to learn safe levels of use and preventing the progression to a disorder, helping the individual learn ways to cut down or quit drug use, and helping the individual understand the risks of continued drug use. This can be done by engaging them in regular professional treatment interventions of psychiatrists and psychologists, or admitting them in a rehab for recovery.
What can the family and friends do in case of a drug addiction emergency?
You can rush the person to the Emergency Department of the nearest hospital. You can call an ambulance, and in case the person is violent or agitated, you can contact the police to ensure safety.