If someone is showing signs of an alcohol overdose, call 911 immediately.
A birthday celebration, a graduation party, Super Bowl weekend, New Year’s Eve—there are many occasions in life that are celebrated with alcohol. It’s natural to add cocktails to a special event, but it can get dangerous when someone consumes too much too quickly.
Alcohol overdoses are a huge issue in this country with an average of six people dying from alcohol poisoning each day. They can be especially dangerous when mixed with over-the-counter medication and other substances.
At Northpoint Colorado, we believe in an integrative approach to alcohol addiction treatment alongside education to prevent alcohol overdose in our community. If you or someone in your life is struggling with binge drinking, Northpoint Colorado can help. Call us now at 970.579.4569 to learn more about our alcohol addiction treatment programs in Loveland, CO.
What Is Alcohol Poisoning?
When alcohol enters the bloodstream, it immediately affects the brain and other organs. As a depressant, alcohol slows communication pathways between the brain and nervous system. This causes confusion, slow speech, slow movements, and dampening of emotional and physical pain. These effects can make it hard for some people to stop drinking after one drink. Like anything, alcohol can poison the body when too much is consumed at once. Alcohol poisoning, also called alcohol overdose, can be fatal. Symptoms of alcohol overdose include:
- Slower heart rate
- Extremely low body temperature
- Difficulty breathing
- Clammy skin
- Loss of gag reflex
- Blue skin
- Loss of consciousness
Without treatment, alcohol poisoning can lead to brain damage and death. When too much alcohol enters the bloodstream, the communication between the brain and nervous system can stop. While it can be hard for someone intoxicated to know they are experiencing an overdose, a sober person can watch for overdose symptoms. If any of the above symptoms occur, call 911 immediately.
Preventing Alcohol Overdose with Detox and Recovery Services
For many people, binge drinking is a form of self-soothing. Prolonged stress, unhealed trauma, strained relationships, and fear of failure can all contribute to binge drinking and alcohol addiction. At Northpoint Recovery, we use a three-step system to help patients cleanse from alcohol, understand their addiction triggers, and apply tools from rehab in daily life.
During a cleanse phase, patients receive medically assisted detox services. Our staff monitors for health complications and replenishes fluids to prevent dehydration.
For inpatient patients, this three-week phase focuses on psychological support with cognitive-behavioral therapy. Residents learn about addiction triggers, undiagnosed co-occurring disorders, and relationship patterns. Therapists help them develop tools to cope with stress and change their behavior over time.
Some people may begin with IOP or PHP programs for alcohol recovery. For residents, this is a time to transition back to home life and apply tools from therapy into daily life. Patients focus on aftercare plans and 12-step programs for daily and weekly support.
Through the three stages of support, patients at Northpoint Colorado receive individualized care to reduce the risk of reuse and alcohol poisoning.
Compassionate Alcohol Rehab in Colorado
Unfortunately, quitting alcohol use at home often leads to overdose. If you or someone in your life binge drinks, get help from Northpoint Colorado today to prevent overdose. Our Loveland, Colorado clinic provides safe, comprehensive care for alcohol and drug addiction. With a range of inpatient and outpatient programs, Northpoint Colorado is here to help. We specialize in dual diagnoses, integrative addiction treatment programs, and individualized care to help people across Colorado recover from drug and alcohol addiction.
If you’re ready to learn more about the benefits of our programs, call us now at 970.579.4569 for a free assessment.