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Dealing with a Loved One's OverdoseAccording to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) approximately 87 people die each day due to unintentional poisoning, and 2,277 more are treated in emergency centers every day. In the United States, 91% of unintentional poisoning deaths in 2009 were drug-induced.

Dealing with a loved one’s overdose in Anchorage is often extremely difficult. You probably have many painful and unanswered questions about why this happened and what you could have done differently to help your loved one. You struggle with feelings of guilt, anger, sadness and even embarrassment. Once your loved one has received medical treatment and has been released home, you must decide where to go from there. You have to help figure out how to deal with the aftermath of the overdose and put the pieces back together.

Taking Action After an Overdose in Anchorage

Where do you go from here? The most important thing you can do is to provide your loved one in Anchorage with love, care and support. This is what he or she needs most during this time. Try to put aside your feelings of frustration and anger when dealing with your loved one. It may be beneficial for him or her to receive drug abuse or addiction treatment as well. You can encourage your loved one as he or she tries to make this difficult decision.

Dealing with Your Feelings about a Loved One’s Overdose

Although it is important to take care of your loved one, it is also essential to take care of your own needs.  After a loved one in Anchorage overdoses, you can easily become bogged down with dealing with his or her needs, finding ways that you can help your loved one, and just trying to do everything possible to avoid another tragedy, that you forget to take care of your own needs. An overdose is tragic. It is scary. It evokes a plethora of emotions, and it is easy to push your emotions down and to not deal with them. However, it is also unhealthy to let your emotions and your needs fall by the wayside. In order to provide your loved one with the love and support he or she needs, you must deal with your feelings and care for your needs. Many resources are available for you to help you deal with your loved one’s overdose including, but not limited to, the following:

  • Counselors – Whether you choose to receive individual counseling or family counseling, a licensed professional counselor can help you talk through your feelings and deal with the emotions that arise as a result of your loved one’s overdose.
  • Support Groups – Support groups are available for the loved one’s of addicts or users. Support groups provide you with a group of individuals who understand what you are dealing with and who are going through the same thing.
  • Pastors, Laymen, Clergy – Spiritual leaders can also be great resources. Many have had some training in dealing with drug use, family issues and basic counseling. Typically this is a free service. If you have a spiritual leader that you trust, he or she may be willing to work with you as you deal with the aftermath of your loved one’s addiction.

Whatever resource you choose, it is important you receive some help in addressing and dealing with your feelings after a loved one’s overdose.

Addiction and Overdose Help for Anchorage Families

If you are trying to deal with a loved one’s overdose in Anchorage, but do not know where to go or who to turn to, call our toll-free helpline today. Our recovery professionals are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to provide you with the information, support and guidance you may need. We are available to help you find treatment programs for your loved one, to help you find a counselor or support group for yourself, and even to just listen. You do not have to deal with your loved one’s overdose alone. Call today.