Alcohol and drug abuse are dangerous behaviors, capable of causing serious and life-threatening complications. You may reach a point when trying to convince your loved one to seek help is no longer enough, and you have to arrange emergency drug rehab despite objections and resistance.
Signs of Substance Abuse
You may be unsure whether or not your loved one has a substance abuse problem. Possible signs of substance abuse include:
- •Changes in appearance and hygiene
- •Changes in appetite
- •Change in behavior or personality
- •Increased secrecy and need for privacy
- •Loss of interest in daily activities
- •Sudden decrease in work or school performance
- •Sudden withdrawal from person relationships
- •Unusual unreliability
Any of these symptoms may indicate substance abuse. They can also indicate the onset of depression, suicidal thinking, or other mental disorders. No matter what the root cause, such symptoms suggest your loved one needs medical or psychological health.
Emergency Rehab Symptoms
People abusing drugs may exhibit mental confusion, unresponsiveness, loss of consciousness, and irregular or rapid heartbeats. These symptoms are medical emergencies and require emergency drug treatment. Call 911 immediately and inform the operator you may be dealing with a drug overdose.
Substance abuse can also cause psychotic behavior. Psychotic behavior describes a break with reality. Your loved one may not be able to distinguish fantasy from reality and could experience paranoia, delusions, or frightening hallucinations. Disorganized speech, difficulty communicating, and a sudden inability to take care of oneself can also indicate psychotic behavior. Again, consider such behavior a medical emergency.
Self-Treatment and Emergency Drug Treatment
Your loved one may decide to try to recover from addiction independently, often by going cold turkey. This cannot only result in uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms — mental confusion, mood changes, anxiety, depression, irritability, loss of appetite, nausea and vomiting — it can also be life-threatening.
Alcohol, one of the most commonly abused substances, also causes some of the most severe withdrawal symptoms: heart palpitations, convulsions, blackouts, mental confusion, and visual hallucinations. If any of these symptoms develop, your loved one needs emergency drug rehab.
Learning to identify when a loved one needs emergency detox can save his or her life. Your loved one may object to treatment. He or she may even resent your “interference,” but he or she will be alive.