Overconfidence and Overdose

Overconfidence and Overdose

Although there are strong physical components to addiction, its real power lies in the way it alters a person’s psychological health. Many aspects of human behavior are controlled by the brain in subconscious ways. Emotional responses, appetite, impulse control and even memory are all profoundly affected by the emotional processes of the brain.

One of the most serious and deadly aspects of psychological addiction is its ability to inspire feelings of overconfidence and invincibility in the addict’s mind. This can lead to a variety of dangerous, even life-threatening behavioral effects, including the following:

  • The belief that drug or alcohol abuse is not as dangerous as some people say
  • An irrational and unproven confidence in one’s ability to quit whenever one chooses
  • Emotionally powerful cravings that are not comprehensible to the rational mind
  • The onset of panic attacks or other anxiety disorders when drugs or alcohol are not available
  • Justification of continued substance abuse
  • Procrastination
  • Blame shifting
  • Depression

Addiction causes physiological changes to the brain as it chemically rewires the neural pathways that drive behavior. Recovery requires careful emotional and physical care that goes far beyond mere detox.

Psychological Addiction and Overdose

The risk of overdose greatly increases as the disease progresses. The body develops a tolerance to intoxicating substances. This means that users require larger and more frequent doses of these chemicals in order to feel anything resembling the euphoria they experienced when they first started using. As the disease progresses, users are likely to believe that they can handle these larger doses or that they can quit whenever they choose. This irrational overconfidence may be their undoing. Many overdose victims mistakenly believe that a slightly larger dose won’t hurt them. Many also forget how much they have taken. Most addicts who overdose truly believed that they could handle the substances they were using.

Risks Associated with Overdose

The experience of taking in more of a substance than the body can process is called overdose. Many people mistakenly think that overdose always involves death from taking in too many illicit substances. There are actually many symptoms of overdose, including the following:

  • Long-term or permanent memory loss
  • Permanent, uncontrollable tremors
  • Coma
  • Seizures
  • Asphyxiation
  • Unconsciousness
  • Blackouts

Passing out or otherwise losing consciousness is a direct result of overdose. This level of substance abuse significantly speeds the development of addiction.

Addiction Recovery in the Face of Overconfidence

While most addicts believe that they can quit using drugs or alcohol whenever they choose, they eventually find that they cannot. It can be difficult or even impossible for addicts to admit to themselves or to anyone else that they have a problem. Professional addiction recovery programs provide the opportunity for addicts to re-program their minds and learn new and healthy ways to cope with cravings and anxiety. In most cases, these patients must “bottom out” or be otherwise confronted with undeniable evidence that they cannot quit without help. Overconfidence can even affect people who have been clean and sober for years following treatment. They may feel that they are strong enough to tolerate just a small amount of drugs or alcohol.

If you are ready to get clean or if you just have questions about the overconfidence caused by addiction, call our toll-free number now. Counselors are standing by 24 hours a day with confidential advice and access to the best treatment programs available.