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.

For detailed information on COVID-19, please visit https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html

Alcohol Poisoning & Overdose

Alcohol Overdose

Alcohol abuse & overdose: the risks

Alcohol is a substance that is made from fermented sugars, starches, and yeast. It is the intoxicating ingredient that is found in beer, wine, and liquor. When ingested, alcohol acts as a depressant on the body, meaning that it reduces the activity of the central nervous system, which includes the brain. Alcohol causes the user to feel “buzzed” or “drunk,” a state in which he or she often feels a sense of pleasure and well-being. Alcohol intoxication also reduces good judgment, slows reflexes, and impairs coordination and speech.

Although many individuals, in Virginia and throughout the United States, are able to manage their consumption of alcohol so that it does not interfere with their lives, many others find that that is difficult or impossible to control their drinking without help from a reputable addiction rehab center.

If alcohol abuse is not addressed promptly and effectively, the consequences can be severe. Alcohol abuse and addiction can strain relationships with friends, significant others, and family members to the breaking point, leaving individuals without meaningful social support. In addition, it can be extremely difficult to keep up with one’s job while abusing alcohol. People who struggle with alcohol abuse can find themselves demoted or out of a job, which can lead to financial disruption and long-term unemployment. Abuse of alcohol can also cause damage to a person’s body, resulting in cirrhosis, cardiovascular problems, and a range of other physical ailments. As with almost every other drug, the risk of overdose, or alcohol poisoning, is lurking behind every drink.

Overdose Symptoms

Signs of alcohol overdose

Alcohol overdose occurs when a person drinks more than his for her body can safely metabolize or excrete. Also referred to as alcohol poisoning, an alcohol overdose is a serious problem, and it can be fatal. Although the signs of overdose may vary from person to person, if someone who has been drinking exhibits the following signs, it is important that he or she receives medical attention as soon as possible:

  • Vomiting
  • Confusion
  • Reduced body temperature
  • Loss of skin tone
  • Shallow or slow breathing
  • Incoherent speech
  • Loss of consciousness
What to do for Alcohol Overdose

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

If someone who has been drinking is beginning to exhibit signs of overdose, it is important that the individual receives help as soon as possible. In case you are unsure, it is better to err on the side of caution and contact medical personnel anyway.

When you contact emergency medical services, in Virginia, it will be helpful to provide as much of the following information as possible:

  • The signs and symptoms of overdose that you have observed
  • An estimate of how much alcohol the individual has ingested
  • Any other substances that you suspect he or she has been using
  • How long he or she has been abusing alcohol
  • Whether or not the individual has had a previous overdose
  • Any other medical conditions the individual may have

If you are unsure about any of this information, do not guess. It is better to simply say that you do not know. Medical personnel are trained to help in these situations even when they do not have all the information, and it is better to simply say you do not know than to risk giving incorrect information.

If you suspect that you have consumed too much alcohol and are experiencing an overdose, call 911 immediately. Even if you are unable to communicate, the fact that you contacted emergency services is enough to inform the dispatcher that something is wrong.

Regardless of whether or not an individual has experienced an overdose, alcoholism is a serious problem that necessitates seeking professional help from a licensed addiction rehab center. Fortunately, there are options for effective treatment that can allow people struggling with alcohol abuse to break free from this painful and destructive disorder.

At Life Center of Galax, in Virginia, we have extensive experience helping individuals overcome problems with alcohol abuse and addiction. If you or someone you love can benefit from the high-quality care that our addiction treatment center provides, do not hesitate to contact us. Today can be the first day of a new sober life.

You’ll feel a lot more confident getting through your alcohol addiction with support from those who know what you are actually going through.

– Bryan
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