A medical emergency can happen to anyone at any time.
If you are seeking urgent medical help for you or a loved one, then you can do the following:
Call 0800 322 880 for immediate admission to rehab.
- Castle Craig offer emergency admission to their residential rehab hospital, which can lead to being admitted within 24 hours.
- Upon arrival, each patient will be stabilised and will detox for 7-10 days.
Call an ambulance on 999 (UK).
- Tell the ambulance crew everything you know about the substances you or your loved one has taken.
- If there are any drugs left, hand them to the paramedics. In most cases, they will not tell the police, and it will help both you and them if they know as much as possible about the drugs.
For emergencies anywhere in Europe, call 112.
What classes as an emergency?
Emergency rehab and hospital admissions are often categorised into the following: medical and psychological.
What is a medical emergency?
A medical emergency is a situation where the use of drugs or alcohol creates a situation which is life threatening or incredibly harmful to a person’s health.
Taking a substantial amount of drugs and alcohol is incredibly dangerous.
Medical emergencies can include a variety of circumstances related to substance abuse. Do not ignore them or think you can help the individual on your own.
A medical emergency will usually include the following symptoms:
- Difficulty breathing
- Slurred speech
- Lack of coordination
- Irregular pulse
- Unusually low or high body temperature
- Sweating or shaking
- Blue lips and/or fingertips
- Convulsions and tremors
- Unconsciousness or cannot be woken up
These are only a few symptoms, and overdose can take a variety of forms. So if you or a person you love is presenting any worrying symptoms, then call an ambulance on 999 or phone us for immediate admission to emergency rehab.
What is a psychological emergency?
A psychological emergency usually describes a situation where an individual is not thinking rationally about their circumstances, which in turn can lead to attempted suicide or self-harm, for example.
If a person is in the midst of a psychological emergency, then they are experiencing extreme distress and unable to cope with everyday life.
A psychological emergency is usually associated with the following symptoms:
- Delusions and hallucinations
- Uncontrolled behaviour
If this is the case, then they need to be admitted to a secure rehab hospital where they can begin their recovery in a medically monitored and safe environment. For immediate admissions, call us on 0800 322 880.
What to do in an urgent medical emergency:
- Stay calm
- Stay with the person who has overdosed until the ambulance has arrived
- If they are unconscious, place them in the recovery position
Call our helpline on 0808 1150 446:
Our 24/7 helpline is completely confidential. We can provide impartial advice, and get you the help you need.
Last Updated on August 5, 2021 by Alison