If your loved one is using drugs, you know that they’re putting their life in danger. It can be hard to step back and watch as someone you care about moves through a downward spiral. One of the most important things that you can do for their health is to be on the lookout for heroin overdose symptoms. An overdose can happen quickly and without warning. Some people who have been using opioids for years overdose suddenly, even though they don’t seem to have used more of the drug than normal. Since street drugs vary in strength and are not regulated, overdoses can happen when a user gets a particularly strong batch. Let’s take a look at the heroin overdose symptoms you need to know.
Heroin Overdose Symptoms
If you have a loved one who is using opioids, you must be on high alert for heroin overdose symptoms. Recognizing symptoms and taking action can be the difference between life and death for someone who is using drugs. Heroin overdose symptoms may include:
- Complete loss of consciousness
- Change in skin tone (for lighter-skinned people, the skin may appear bluish, for darker-skinned people, the skin may appear ashen or gray)
- Body is limp and/ or unresponsive to touch
- Slowed/ erratic/ nonexistent breathing or heart rate
When someone you care about shows heroin overdose symptoms, it can be terrifying. You must stay calm and take action.
Heroin Overdose Emergency Treatment
Death from overdose is rare, but it does happen. It’s important to take action right away if you think someone you love has overdosed. First, try to wake the person up, and check to see if they are breathing. If the do not wake up, try to stimulate their body by grinding your knuckles into their breastbone for 5-10 seconds. After you’ve assessed the person and believe that they are showing heroin overdose symptoms, either call for help or administer Naloxone (Narcan) right away. If the person does not regain consciousness, administer Narcan again after 2 to 5 minutes. If the person is still not breathing, give CPR or do rescue breathing until help arrives. When the person wakes up, explain to them what happened. Be there to support them and ensure that they get medical attention.
Treatment At Santé Center For Healing
If you or your loved one are ready to take steps toward a sober life, it’s important to seek treatment. At Santé Center For Healing, we understand that our clients are unique, and their treatment needs to be unique as well. We offer many different therapies tailored to meet the needs of our clients. When you or your loved one arrive for treatment at Santé Center For Healing, you’ll talk with your therapist about your treatment needs. Together, you’ll develop a treatment plan that involves multiple modalities of treatment. Your personalized treatment plan may include:
- Individual Therapy
- Experiential Therapy
- Holistic Therapy Program
- Family Therapy
- Group Therapy
Help Your Loved One. Make The Call.
While only your loved when can decide to get help for their addiction, support from family and friends can go a long way in helping them see that there is hope for a better life. Call Santé Center For Healing today at 866.238.3154 to learn more about how we can help your loved one begin to get their life back. We believe in the power of family support, and we can help you with ideas for getting your loved one to treatment. There is hope for recovery, and your loved one is lucky to have someone in their life who is looking out for their well-being.