Overdose is a tragic reality for many who relapse after being in recovery. Maybe you have spent years watching the one you love to move in and out of treatment centers and finally felt as if they could stay sober this time. When someone’s past has been filled with drug use, they build up a tolerance in their system. The amount needed to get high is much greater overtime.
When relapse occurs after months or years of sobriety, the addict’s memory and habit of the amount they used before they got clean is the same amount of the drug they return to. The overload in their system which has been clean from the drug is overtaken by the powerful deadly dose. The brain is greatly impacted by the overdose and is unable to fire correct signals to help the body remember to breath which can tragically take the life of the one we love.
Overdose by those in recovery is accidental and usually not by choice. If you live with someone who is in recovery, keep Naloxone in your home which reverses overdose and is saving lives.