How Memories May Contribute to Overdose

There are many factors that contribute to substance abuse. Any instance where drugs are abused causes concern for overdose. An overdose is the condition of taking excessive amounts of a drug or substance that the body is unable to handle; it is as if the body is being poisoned with an overwhelming amount of toxins. During an overdose the body shuts down in various ways, such as respiratory depression, seizures, losing consciousness, cardiac arrest and spiked blood pressure. Different drugs will cause different overdose symptoms, but no matter what drug causes the overdose, getting immediate medical attention is imperative.

Painful Memories May Trigger Substance Abuse and Overdose

Memories from past, painful experiences frequently contribute to overdose. All people are likely to experience difficult and painful times in their lives whether it be the death of a loved one, living through a traumatic event, or being the victim of sexual or physical abuse. Coping with pain and trauma is difficult no matter what the situation or circumstance. No matter how much time has passed, the scars from past experiences may never fully fade, which can lead to being reminded of or haunted by memories, flashbacks, nightmares and more.

Learning to cope with difficult experiences is not something that every individual is capable of doing alone, and because of this, memories can introduce many painful and disturbing feelings. When individuals are unable to receive outside help or support from loved ones, they often turn to drugs or alcohol to deal with or escape from the memories that haunt them. Using drugs or alcohol to numb painful emotions is extremely dangerous because emotions can lead individuals to extremes, like taking large quantities of drugs, using illegal drugs and mixing drugs with alcohol. These instances greatly increase the risk of overdose and many other dangerous consequences. The attempt to self-medicate painful memories can lead to an accidental overdose, but in some cases, overdosing is intentional because the individual is so overwhelmed that suicide seems like the only answer.

Get Help before You Overdose

Substance abuse only creates more problems for an individual, with or without an overdose experience, and the longer an individual relies on using drugs or alcohol to cope with their issues, the more likely an overdose will occur in the future because of raised tolerance. Over time, individuals can build a tolerance to the effects of a drug or alcohol. As a result, users must increase their dosage in order to achieve the desired effects, ultimately increasing the chances of an overdose. The only way stop this destructive cycle and prevent an overdose or addiction is to seek help for all contributing issues.  Specialized treatment programs are available for both substance abuse and other co-occurring issues like depression, anxiety, posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and suicidal tendencies.

Prevent Overdose: Get Substance Abuse Help Now

The only way to protect yourself from the dangers of drug overdose is to end your substance abuse. If you are ready to get help for substance abuse or addiction, we are here to help you find the services that will work for you. Call our toll-free helpline now to speak with a trained addiction counselor who will assist you with all your questions and provide you with all the information you need on substance abuse, addiction, treatment and recovery. It is our duty to connect individuals like you with specialized, quality treatment and care for substance abuse and addiction. So if you’re ready, we’re here to help.