Recovery Centers of America’s Indianapolis location recently posted a blog highlighting how heroin overdoses have been impacting Indiana. While not all overdoses result in death, in Indiana, 3% of all deaths in 2020 were due to overdoses which is equivalent to over two thousand people. Their blog post hopes to bring awareness to heroin overdoses, how they occur, and the signs and symptoms associated with them so people know when and how to react to save lives.
The first thing the blog touches on is what causes heroin overdoses. “An overdose can occur from a variety of things. Medications, substances, and even alcohol can lead to an overdose -- though alcohol overdoses are normally referred to as alcohol poisoning. A heroin overdose occurs when your body is overwhelmed by the amount of substance in your system.” They elaborate further by explaining, “When it comes to heroin use, the most common cases are from polysubstance use, which is when more than one type of substance is in your system at the same time.”
RCA makes an important distinction that a heroin overdose won’t come out of nowhere. There are signs a person can look out for that the recovery facility helps line out for readers. “One of the most common reasons behind an overdose can be someone becoming accustomed to the feeling of being high. If they then feel like they need more heroin in order to feel the same effects, they could end up accidentally overloading their body.” They take the time in the blog to better lay out the signs and symptoms so readers can be more informed, too.
The next step they make note of is what to do once a heroin overdose has been potentially spotted. “If you notice the above symptoms happening to yourself or someone you know, it’s important to seek medical help. Calling 911 can not only get you access to the medical care needed, but help potentially guide you through the situation as you wait for help to arrive.” They stress that it’s better to be safe than sorry. Readers also do not need to worry about getting into legal trouble as the Good Samaritan Law prevents them from being prosecuted for seeking medical help with an overdose.
“An overdose can happen to anyone,” RCA explains, “but the exact conditions needed for an overdose can vary from person to person. Some common factors that can change how an overdose impacts someone includes metabolism, other food or drink in their system, if they were using other drugs at the same time, and their history with substances and overdoses. No singular person is going to have the exact same experience as the next person.”
The team at Recovery Centers of America in Indianapolis offers evidence-based care for clients of all needs. Located at the “crossroads of America,” just 30 minutes outside of Indianapolis, individuals from all over the Midwest can utilize their state-of-the-art facilities and recovery program. They work hard to be accessible to as many people in their community as possible. They’re also in-network with most insurances, offer transport up to 4 hours away, and accept admissions 24/7. Learn more about them on their website, or by giving them a call at 1-800-RECOVERY. It’s never too late to start or return to recovery.
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Recovery Centers of America at Indianapolis
8530 Township Line Road
Indianapolis, Indiana 46260