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S A M H S A Opioid Overdose TOOLKIT: Recovering from Opioid Overdose– Resources for Overdose Survivors & Family Members
Survivors of opioid overdose have experienced a life-changing and traumatic event. They have had to deal with the emotional consequences of overdosing, which can involve
embarrassment, guilt, anger, and gratitude, all accompanied by the discomfort of opioid withdrawal. Most need the support of family and friends to take the next steps toward recovery.
While many factors can contribute to opioid overdose, it is almost always is an accident. Moreover, the underlying problem that led to opioid use — most often pain or substance use disorder — still exists and continues to require attention .
Moreover, the individual who has experienced an overdose is not the only one who has endured a traumatic event. Family members often feel judged or inadequate because they could not prevent the overdose. It is important for families to work together to help the overdose survivor obtain the help that he or she needs.