Addiction at its Peak: How to Cease Overdose Deaths

Posted: November 19, 2015 by

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Drugs have effects on a person’s entire system. In an overdose, the drug’s effects are at an elevated level compared to the effects seen with a regular use. Side effects can become more dangerous, even deadly.

People under the highs of illicit drugs are in great risk for an overdose death. In many cases, an individual’s attempts to repair a state of awful feelings often leads to a craving for the good feelings that drugs can give them. While many have died from drug overdoses, few are known to have done it unintentionally. Tragic loss of someone due to a drug-related death usually leads to many unanswered questions.

One of the most recent notable celebrities to have died from drug-related causes is Whitney Houston, who was confirmed to have died because of complications due to cocaine use and heart disease. Another celebrity to have died of drugs is pop singer and icon Michael Jackson. He experienced cardiac arrest after taking many high dosages of prescription drugs. Illegal drug overdose also led Philip Seymour Hoffman, an actor, to his death bed. The actor allegedly took a vast amount of heroin after a recent relapse. And lastly, Glee star Cory Monteith, who died at the age of 31 after overdosing on a toxic mixture of alcohol and heroin. All of them have something in common: they fought to get help for their substance abuse at some time in their lives. In the end, their battle with addiction led them to death.

Overdoses like the celebrities noted above happen far too often. The need to reverse this trend is now in demand, and the way that people think about drugs and drug addiction treatment is starting to change. Some concepts deserve a spotlight in the discussion about treatment for drug addiction:

Understand addiction, pain, and mental health. Rather than being punished or condemned, addiction should be treated as a disease. Many times addiction develops after a painful experience, abuse, or trauma. The feeling of pain is the center of all addictive behaviors. It is present in both people who are struggling with alcohol and drug abuse alike. The scars of the past may be entirely hidden but they are always there. Understanding how someone fighting addiction feels and thinks can help in motivating them to move forward in recovery and away from addiction.

Good Deeds. Simple acts of kindness can make a huge difference in the life of someone who needs help. The disgrace and contempt that many people have towards someone who is fighting addiction should be changed to genuine acceptance that they need treatment and deserve help. The prejudices people hold against others who want to get help for drug addiction in many cases causes their loved ones to fall deeper into their addictions. It is possible to reverse and treat addiction with the help of the kindness and compassion of others. Punishment is not an effective cure to this mental illness.

Increased awareness about the root causes of addiction develops a wider set of tools to effectively respond to addiction and overdose. In doing so, tragic overdose deaths can be prevented.

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