Increased Precautions We're Taking in Response to COVID-19
As updates on the impact of the coronavirus continue to be released, we want to take a moment to inform you of the heightened preventative measures we have put in place at Life Center of Galax to keep our patients, their families, and our employees safe. All efforts are guided by and in adherence to the recommendations distributed by the CDC.

Please note that for the safety of our patients, their families, and our staff, on-site visitation is no longer allowed at Life Center of Galax.

  • This restriction has been implemented in compliance with updated corporate and state regulations to further reduce the risks associated with COVID-19.
  • We are offering visitation through telehealth services so that our patients can remain connected to their loved ones.
  • Alternate methods of communication for other services are being vetted and may be offered when deemed clinically appropriate.

For specific information regarding these changes and limitations, please contact us directly.

CDC updates are consistently monitored to ensure that all guidance followed is based on the latest information released.

  • All staff has received infection prevention and control training.
  • Thorough disinfection and hygiene guidance has been provided.
  • Patient care supplies such as masks and hand sanitizer are being monitored and utilized.
  • Temperature and symptom screening protocols are in place for all patients and staff.
  • Social distancing strategies have been implemented to ensure that patients and staff maintain proper distance from one another at all times.
  • Cleaning service contracts have been reviewed for additional support.
  • Personal protective equipment items are routinely checked to ensure proper and secure storage.
  • CDC informational posters are on display to provide important reminders on proper infection prevention procedures.
  • We are in communication with our local health department to receive important community-specific updates.

The safety of our patients, their families, and our employees is our top priority, and we will remain steadfast in our efforts to reduce any risk associated with COVID-19.

The CDC has provided a list of easy tips that can help prevent the spread of the coronavirus.

  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue and then immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect objects and surfaces that are frequently touched.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Stay home when you are sick, except to get medical care.

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Addiction Overdose & Poisoning

Drug & Alcohol Overdose

Drug & alcohol abuse & overdose: the risks

Addiction poses myriad threats to an individual’s continued physical health, psychological stability, and overall wellbeing. While the threats of addiction and substance abuse are well known, millions of people in Virginia and throughout the United States continue to slip into the vicious addiction cycle. Addiction can cause a person to experience a variety of both temporary and long-term physical harm, several forms of mental or psychological problems, family discord, legal problems, financial distress, and several additional negative outcomes.

It also exposes individuals to continuous risk of sudden death or permanent disability due to overdose.

Every time a person abuses a dangerous addictive substance, he or she puts him or herself at risk for overdose. The risk of overdose can vary depending upon the type of substance being abused, and can be elevated if the individual abuses multiple substances, but it can never be eliminated. When a person develops an addiction, which is also referred to as chemical dependency and a substance use disorder, he or she will begin to lose control over the amount and frequency of his or her substance abuse, which increases the risk that he or she will consume more of the drug than his or her body can safely process. Once control over the amount and frequency is lost recovering from substance abuse will be extremely difficult, if not impossible, without assistance from a reputable addiction treatment center.

Addiction is also characterized by the development of tolerance, which means that a person will need to ingest larger or more potent doses of a drug in order to achieve the desired effect. Tolerance can also increase the risk of overdose, as the individual’s cravings may prompt him or her to take a more powerful dose than his or her body can handle. Also, depending upon the drug or drugs upon which a person has become addicted, he or she may be incapable of verifying the quality and purity of what he or she is putting into his or her body. Of course, the impaired cognition that typically results from substance abuse can also cause a person to accidentally take more of a drug than his or her body can safely process.

Tolerance, powerful cravings, polysubstance abuse, and cognition impairments are among the many addiction-related factors that can cause a person to overdose. The short- and long-term effects of an overdose, including whether the overdose is lethal or survivable, depends on factors that include the type of substance or substances that a person has abused and the rapidity with which the individual is brought to the attention of a qualified emergency healthcare provider.

Drug & Alcohol Overdose Signs

Signs of drug & alcohol overdose

As noted above, overdose can lead to irreversible damage, including death. If someone exhibits the signs that are listed in this section after abusing alcohol or another drug, he or she may have overdosed and should be brought to the immediate attention of a qualified healthcare provider or addiction rehab center.

The indication that a person has overdosed can vary depending upon the type of substance the individual has ingested, but the following are among the more common signs of overdose:

  • Shallow or labored respiration
  • Rapid or diminished heart rate
  • Pain in chest
  • Bluish tint near lips or fingertips
  • Discoloration of the tongue
  • Nausea, diarrhea, and/or vomiting
  • Pupillary constriction or dilation
  • Rapid uncontrolled movement of eyes
  • Dramatic increase or decrease in body temperature
  • Slurring speech
  • Delayed or lack of response to stimuli
  • Loss of muscle control
  • Severe cramps and spasms
  • Convulsion
  • Seizure
  • Coma
  • Organ failure
  • Agitation
  • Extreme confusion
  • Visual or auditory hallucinations
  • Psychosis
  • Stroke
What to Do For Drug & Alcohol Overdose

What to do if a person is showing signs of drug or alcohol overdose

As noted at the beginning of the previous section, anyone who has overdosed should be brought to the immediate attention of a qualified healthcare provider. Often, this is best accomplished by calling 911 or a local emergency response number.

The doctors, emergency medical technicians (EMTs) or other professionals who are treating the individual who has overdosed will be in a better position to provide meaningful help if they can be provided with the following information:

  • The name of the substance or substances that the individual ingested
  • The amount of the substance or substances that the individual ingested

Depending upon several factors, even with the right information and a rapid medical response, an individual who has overdosed may not be able to escape lasting damage, or even death. However, summoning qualified medical providers as soon as possible, and providing them with the necessary information, can significantly improve the individual’s chances of survival.

At Life Center of Galax, we are extremely familiar with the many ways that addiction can consume and threaten an individual’s life, and we have developed specialized rehab programming that has proven to be effective in the effort to help the men and women of Virginia overcome addictions to alcohol and other drugs and achieve long-term recovery.

To learn more about the many benefits of completing addiction rehab at Life Center of Galax, please feel free to contact us at your convenience. We look forward to providing you with the information you need to make the most informed decision for yourself or for a loved one.

My life had been overrun by my addiction. The Life Center of Galax taught me that recovery was possible, through hard work and dedication, and I am capable of living a life free of addiction.

– Matthew
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