Loss Due to Drug Overdose


The way we grieve our losses is impacted by many factors including: our own unique coping style, our history of previous losses, our support systems and, the way we view the loss. The way we grieve is also impacted by the kind of loss we have had, in other words who died and what is the nature of your relationship with that person.

There are some common aspects to each different kind of loss. The death of my mother affects me differently than the death of your mother affects you, because we are different people. But we have some things in common. We might both feel like orphans, particularly if we have no other parent. Maybe we are both struggling with difficult relationships with our siblings, now that our parent has died.

Experiencing a loss due to drug overdose leaves one shocked and angry. Family members and friends often experience a confused mixture of feelings that are complicated with layers of guilt, shame and anger. The aspects unique to sudden and violent death are also present including; PTSD, symptoms such as numbness, shock, flashbacks, nightmares, panic attacks and physical stress reactions.

There are several support groups created to uniquely serve this population of grievers. It also can be helpful to learn more about addiction as a way to address many unanswered questions.