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Dealing with a Loved One’s Overdose

Dealing with a Loved One's OverdoseDrug and alcohol overdose is often as traumatic for friends and loved ones in San Diego as it is for the addict. In addition to fearing for his health and life, it is common for loved ones to experience the following thoughts and feelings:

  • Wondering if they were somehow responsible for the overdose
  • The realization that their loved one’s substance abuse is more serious than they had thought
  • Anger and disappointment in the addict’s choices and behavior
  • Anxiety over covering the financial costs associated with medical care and treatment
  • A desperate desire to help the addict overcome the addiction

For all of these reasons and more it is critical that the friends and loved ones of the addict find specialized counseling and emotional support. Many don’t realize that the anxiety and hurt that their loved one’s overdose has caused may increase their own risk of future substance abuse and addiction.

Addiction and Codependency in San Diego Families

Addiction affects everyone in the family of the addict. Often the addict’s loved ones develop a particular set of habits when it comes to dealing with the disease. Recovery professionals have identified a set of emotional symptoms called codependency that includes the following:

  • Making excuses for the addict’s behavior, including covering for missed work and explaining his abusive behavior to friends
  • Lashing out at others due to emotional fatigue, stress and anger
  • Providing financial assistance, housing, food or other material support that allows the addict to keep using
  • Persistent feelings of self-loathing, fear or deep anxiety that may lead to self-medication
  • Despair and depression that may cause suicidal thoughts or actions
  • Seething anger or rage at the addict

If left untreated, codependency will poison the way a San Diego area family relates to each other. It increases the likelihood of other loved ones becoming addicted as well. The wounds caused by codependency are deep and can continue to impact people for the rest of their lives. It will undermine any attempts at recovery until it is recognized and treated.

Help for San Diego Families Dealing with Overdose

Overdose, even when not fatal, has profoundly negative effects on everyone involved. If someone you love in San Diego has overdosed on drugs or alcohol, please call our toll-free helpline as soon as possible. Our addiction counselors can answer any questions you may have and connect you with specialized support services for the loved ones of addicts. We can also help you find the best treatment options for your loved one and can connect you with codependency counseling that just might save your life. Dealing with a loved one’s overdose is difficult but we can help. Call any time of day or night for immediate help.