Crack Overdose Signs and How to Get Help

Learn more about crack overdose signs and how to get help immediately.

Cocaine abuse is undeniably one of the toughest health problems to overcome. When someone has been struggling for a long period of time, many health risks and consequences appear in the shape of irreversible damage. A crack overdose, however, can be lethal in just a few short minutes.

Health officials have reported an alarming increase on cases of overdose on crack. This, however, has not stopped abusers from engaging in risky behavior to obtain the drug and continue their vicious cycle. Quitting cocaine is the only effective way through which someone - an abuser in this case - can eliminate the risk of suffering from a crack overdose.

However, it is important to be able to recognize the signs and symptoms of a crack overdose, to be seek immediate medical support and help our loved one recover. An overdose on crack will have almost immediate signs that can be quite telling, if you know what to look for.

Some of the most noticeable symptoms include:

  • Extreme agitation
  • Tremors
  • Chest pains
  • Slowed and/or shallow breathing
  • Faint or accelerated pulse rate
  • High body temperature
  • Heavy sweating
  • Seizures
  • Collapse
  • Unconsciousness

Moreover, when someone is showing these obvious signs of a crack overdose, and they don't get immediate medical attention, they are at a higher risk of suffering a heart attack, stroke, or even organ failure; an unattended abuser that suffers an overdose on crack, can also die within minutes if the reaction cannot be stopped.

As mentioned before, quitting cocaine is the safest and effective way to avoid an overdose on crack. While many abusers may find quitting cocaine a difficult struggle, the reward of recovering is worth far more than going through the actual rehabilitation process. The first step into quitting cocaine for good, in going through a comprehensive detoxification process. When someone goes through detox, their body gets rid of the toxins that come from crack in order to regain its natural chemical balance.

This process can bring with it the uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. While these are the body's natural reactions to the absence of the drug, it is of extreme importance to go through detox and withdrawal at the hands of medical professionals at a rehabilitation facility. Once the detoxification process is complete, you will be ready to engage in therapeutic rehabilitation.

Many facilities will offer a wide number of therapeutic modalities, personalized to target the individual needs of each patient. In addition, these traditional modalities will be supplemented with other holistic activities, such as art therapy, music therapy, equine therapy, etc.

These holistic methodologies have the intention of supporting the patient in the development of new and healthier habits that will help them prevent relapse, while in therapy and long after they have competed treatment.

Finally, a good and comprehensive rehabilitation treatment will provide the necessary tools and resources to create your continuous care plan. This after care scheme is composed of the new habits learned, the group meetings and support contacts that can help you maintain your sobriety in the long run.

Some rehabilitation centers also have the flexibility of offering the support of sober homes. This facilities serve as an intermediate stage, after rehab, but before the person has to go back to their daily life, in order to provide the strength and reassurance necessary to prevent falling off the wagon.

When quitting cocaine, it is important to know that there are many facilities and qualified personnel available and ready to help you. You don't have to go through the journey alone. If you are trying to find a facility that can help your loved one in recovering, we can help. Call us right now at (206) 508-1364

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