Recovering from Overamping
Overamping is a term used within the medical profession to describe what one may consider as an overdose on drugs such as cocaine, speed and methamphetamine. However, the word itself is a lot more complicated than being defined as an overdose. Overamping is a broad term that means various things to different people. For example, some substance abusers who experience overamping will say that they feel physical symptoms, where the individual’s body won’t feel quite right. Whereas another individual will experience overamping by a psychological sense in which the individual feels anxious or a mixture, an individual can feel a sense of both physical and psychological effects.
Overamping is a hard work to refer a straightforward explanation to. One addict may refer to as overamping another individual will refer to as part of the drug’s euphoria effect.
Overamping recovery can be fatal
When it comes to drug addicts who are abusing stimulants, most of them are entirely aware of the possibility of a fatal stimulant overdose. Symptoms of a deadly overdose from stimulant can take forms in many ways such as your body temperature dropping to a dangerous level which can cause a variety of severe medical issues such as a heart attack or brain damage etc. Overamping can involve a wide variety of inconsistent physical and mental symptoms, said Robin Pollini of the Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation.
However, very few people are aware of the fatal psychological and physical effects that can be caused by overamping. Even more, individuals are unaware of how tedious recovering from overamping can be. Not all overamping side-effects are fatal, but abuses and friends need to understand what to do to ensure recovering from overamping is successful.
What causes overamping?
Overamping can happen in ant situations, no matter how much of the substance you abuse or how long you have been abusing. Overamping could occur when your body feels run down. Overamping can occur five minutes after taking the drug. However, an individual will usually experience psychological symptoms such as anxiety, aggression, negative hallucinations etc. A psychological overamping experience is usually down to the type of people you surround yourself with and the type of environment you are currently in. On the other hand, overamping symptoms can occur days after the substance abuse when your body and mind is at its lowest.
The symptoms of overamping can occur for a variety of reasons, including:
- Sleep deprivation
- Not eating and drinking enough
- An uncomfortable or hostile environment
- Mixture of drugs
No matter how an individual has got themselves into the stage of overamping, it can be scary and at the time, and dangerous, possibly harmful situation to be going through. Recovering from overamping will involve you being in a safe environment both mentally and physically.
Is overamping the same as an overdose?
When you hear the words overdose, your mind immediately visually takes you to a person who has severely abused heroin, who is laying on the floor, turning blue, having a seizure and not breathing. If you speak to drug users, many will say that you can’t overdose on stimulants whilst others will say that they felt like they were going to pass out, would that be viewed as an overdose? The word overdose is different for each individual, so we use the word overamping when the substance abuse turns into a negative situation.
Common symptoms of overamping
Recognizing stimulant overamping is a crucial skill to have, whether you are the abuser or a loved one. There are severe physical and psychological symptoms that can happen. Physical symptoms can include:
- Constant vomiting
- Swift heart rate associated with a racing pulse
- Shortness of breath
- Mild to severe tremors
- Extreme headaches
- Irregular breathing
- High blood pressure (Hypertension)
- Profuse sweating associated with a high temperature and the chills
- Passing out
- Feel paralyze whilst conscious
Whilst not all of these symptoms are life-threatening, there are several such as hypertension which can lead to long term health issues and the possibility of death if immediate medical attention is not provided. Recovering from physical overamping depending on the severity you experience can leave, you will encounter lifelong health problems.
Psychological symptoms, otherwise known as stimulant psychosis, are viewed as a mental disorder characterized by psychotic symptoms that the individual displays. There are long-term mental health issues in psychological symptoms that can severely impact the brain at a molecular level. The following psychological symptoms of overamping are known to be associated when an addicted individual is overamping:
- Severe anxiety
- Extreme paranoia
- Negative hallucinations
- Increase aggressiveness
- Severe panic
- Hypervigilance (the individual will become extremely aware of their surroundings)
- Suspicious of surrounds
- Disorganized thinking
A negative experience can become extremely dangerous when an individual is not in the right frame of mind. Depending on what you are mentally experiencing, individuals may begin to have suicidal thoughts. In the unpleasant frame of mind, the individual is currently in. There is an increased risk of the person hurting.
If you have moderate symptoms, the recovery process from overamping is more straightforward then if you were unfortunate enough to deal with the severe symptoms associated with overamping.
How to help recover an individual from overamping
If the individual is showing the following symptoms, you will need to call 911 immediately:
- Heart attack
- Chest pain
If you are witnessing an individual experiencing any of these symptoms you will need to help get them into a recovery process, this can include:
- Keep the individual calm
- If the individual is having a seizure remove all harmful objects near-by
- Begin CPR if the individual has stopped breathing
- If the individual is struggling to breathe in any way, toll them onto their side
- If a violent seizure is happening, very gently hold the individuals head up from the floor to prevent injury. DO NOT restrict the rest of their body.
Whilst these are incredibly crucial steps to know, the first step is always to call 911 immediately.
If you are confident that the currently overamping does not require immediate medical help. In that case, there are several things you can do as a friend or loved one that will allow the individual or yourself to relax and mentally escape the negative space you have placed yourself in. This will allow you to enter the recovering stage from the overamping experience; the first is:
- Ensure you are drinking enough water
- Try to sleep
- Change the environment and people you are with
- Go for a walk either alone or with someone you trust
- Get some fresh air
- Keep the individual calm and do not under any circumstance become confrontational
- Do some breathing exercises
- Create a form of physical contact. Have someone hold your hand, massage your back
Recovery treatment for overamping
Treatment for an individual that has experienced or is experiencing a severe overamping episode, the recovering process can be a long journey. The first part of the recovering process will be to:
Step 1. Stabilize the individual
The emergency department will test to ensure no further dangerous episode may happen. Cooling the bodies temperature, loving blood pressure, decreasing the individual’s heart rate and preventing other seizures will be general protocols from all medical professionals.
Step 2. Diagnostic tests
The medical professionals will perform a diagnostic test once they have finished stabilizing the individual. This will generally include:
- Blood tests to understand what drugs were taken
- Kidney and liver function
- Long term cardiac problems
- Possibility of further stokes
Step 3. Referral
Once the medical professionals have stabilized the individual and explored all possible long term health issues, a mental health professional will discuss various treatment options. A social worker may also be involved in the recovery process to help around specific treatment options within individual addiction centres such as Shoreline Sober Living depending on the severity of the addiction the individual is suffering from.
Finding a recovery center for you
Recovering from overamping can be challenging, especially if you have experienced both the situation’s physical and psychological aspects. However, it is necessary to take if you want to live a healthy, sober life. Here a Shoreline Sober Living we have comprehensive sober living programs that include life skills development, access to outpatient therapy/ psychiatry/ family therapy, 24 hours mentoring and support and much more. We don’t believe anyone should go through the recovery process alone. Shoreline Sober Living provides professional support and guidance to set you on the right path to achieve long term sobriety.
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