An unfortunate reality about drug addiction and alcohol abuse is that it can have serious physical side effects. In fact, if your love one overdoses or simply abuses drugs for an extended period of time, the effects can be fatal.Therefore, it is essential for you to recognize when your loved one requires emergency medical care.
If you live with someone who suffers from a drug or alcohol abuse problem, it is easy to get hardened to the physical problems they may experience.
If a loved one shows any of the following symptoms, it is essential to seek emergency medical treatment immediately:
- Loss of consciousness after taking drugs or consuming alcohol, particularly if he or she drank five or more drinks within a short period of time
- Suicidal talk or behavior
- Withdrawal symptoms, including trembling, confusion and delirium tremens (DTs), which may occur in those with a history of heavy drinking who have not had recent access to alcohol
Each of these symptoms can potentially lead to death if left untreated. It is essential for you to seek medical help even if you think your loved one will get “in trouble” for using drugs or alcohol.
Rather than attempt to cover up your loved one’s problem with drug or alcohol abuse, take the steps necessary to save their life and then encourage your loved one to seek drug abuse treatment for their addiction.
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