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How Can You Tell If Someone Is Seriously Overdosing From An Opiate
If you are: worried then confront this individual about your concerns and maybe enter a voluntary detox program. Honesty is very helpful, however be read for a backlash. Many people that are lost in their addiction will be very angry and resentful towards this honesty. If needed, ask their family for help. Lastly, you can even call the authorities if they pose a risk to society or themselves. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Addiction: They use meds when they do not have pain, they take at times more than they should, they take meds by the clock and either on or before the hour. They lose control over themselves. They take the meds without realizing any harm. ...Read more
It can. Super rare.: Principle of Double effect. the nature of the act is itself good, or at least morally neutral; the agent intends the good effect and not the bad either as a means to the good or as an end itself; the good effect outweighs the bad effect in circumstances sufficiently grave to justify causing the bad effect and the agent exercises due diligence to minimize the harm. It rarely happens. ...Read more
You can't: Unless you know the criteria for addiction and the individual was honest with you. Addiction involves using more of the drug than intended more often than intended, giving up important obligations because of drug, using at times when it is dangerous, craving the drug, unable to cut down/stop the drug, spending excessive time getting/using and physical dependency. A professional needs to make dx. ...Read more
Turgor: You can check the volume status of elderly individual with skin turgor. The best site to check skin turgor on an elderly person is the skin on the clavicle or "collar bone". Checking skin turgor is done by slightly pinching and raising the skin and observing how quickly the skin returns. The slower it returns, the more dehydrated the patient is. And even better way, check urine output and color. ...Read more
Is it possible a patent can be permanently addicted to cocaine? If so, please tell me how you would help them.
Depends: If skillfully treated, usually with either Methadone or buprenorphine, it can be essentially painless and symptom-free. Usually, at least some mild withdrawal symptoms - anxiety, sweating, nausea, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, muscle aches, joint pain, chills, insomnia - will occur, again related to the level of your dependency and the adequacy of treatment. Clonidine treatment has more symptoms. ...Read more
Malingering: Malingering is intentional deceptive behavior. There is an external/secondary gain present as the main motivation for the behavior. To tell if the headache is fake-a noticable difference between the level of distress/disability claimed by the individual compared to information obtained "objectively" through observation/task performance ability over a specific time period. ...Read more
Compulsive: Need for sexual release, but not followed by satisfaction or really associated with any joy or "fun." people with compulsive sexuality are driven to have sex, take unacceptable risks and may very adversely affect their lives and the lives of their families. Many people are highly sexual, but enjoy the sex and it is fun and fulfilling. People with sex addiction do not enjoy it and its never enough. ...Read more
Meth: Call 911.Get a more detailed answer ›
What can you do to help a person out if there possibly dying from an overdose without calling 911?
CALL 911!!!!: If they are "possibly dying", **get help**. It doesn't matter the social ramifications later - better to be alive and in trouble than be dead! ...Read more
Abuse: Its not easy to share something this personal. I would advise you to find someone you can trust. You may need to seek professional help if no one close to you would keep what you say confidential. If you are sure the listener is objective and will not tell others what you need to say it is a lot easier to share what happened to you. Sadly 40% of women have been abused so you are not alone. ...Read more
Can you tell me what you suggest if someone is using methadone, can they get high of other drugs?
Not sure what you: Are really asking. People on Methadone can and do abuse other drugs, including opiates, but they need much higher doses to get "high, " and this tends to reduce their desire to do so. However, they can still get effects from alcohol, sedatives, stimulants etc. This is why programs include counseling to change the way you live, and treatment for other underlying psychiatric problems, esp. Trauma. ...Read more
Addiction diagnosis: It can be very difficult for the average person to tell if someone has an "addiction" problem vs. Being just physically dependent on a medication. They are not the same thing. Addiction usually has dishonesty as a symptom. Best the individual be evaluated by a physician certified by the american society of addiction medicine (http://www.Asam.Org/). ...Read more
Cutting: Rate for Anorexia in the population is 0.4% for females. For bulimia it is 1-1.5%. Less is known about men. Accurate numbers on persons who cut in non-suicidal ways is difficult to ascertain since few seek medical help. In my clinical experience over the last few years I am seeing more adolescent and young adult males for cutting than I have seen in 20+ years. ...Read more
Various ways: Short-term detox with methadone, Buprenorphine or Clonidine can be effective, especially when combined with an intensive treatment program, but the relapse rates are high. There are "blocking" agents like naltrexone, also available as a long-acting injection (vivitrol), which protects the person from "getting high" on opioids. Maintenance therapies with methadone/buprenorphine have best results. ...Read more
Stops breathing: Morphine overdose will make the person stop breathing. With no breathing, oxygen levels in the blood will start to go down until they are too low for the heart to function. The person's heart will then stops. The blood flow to the brain will then be interrupted, brain will cease receiving oxygen via the blood and brain tissue will die and stop working. The person is then dead. ...Read more
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