What Is Drug Tolerance?
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What Is Drug Tolerance?
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Drug Tolerance Meaning
Drug tolerance is a condition that results when the body becomes used to having a particular drug or medication in its system due to prolonged exposure and repeated use. This can happen when someone takes medication regularly, even as prescribed by their doctor, or when someone abuses drugs recreationally.
What Causes Drug Tolerance?
Low vs. High Tolerance
What Are the Types of Drug Tolerance?
Behavioral or Learned Tolerance
Drug Tolerance Symptoms
Common Signs of Drug Tolerance
If a person is developing tolerance of drugs, they will need more of the substance to feel the same effects. For example, a person who has been drinking alcohol regularly over a period of time may report feeling less drunk, even though they consumed large quantities of alcohol. In contrast, someone receiving treatments for pain management may develop opiate tolerance and report less pain relief after a few months of taking the prescription opioid medication.
What Is the Difference Between Drug Tolerance, Dependence, and Addiction?
Drug Tolerance: The body becomes used to the substance, requiring a higher dose to achieve the desired effects.
Dependence: The body becomes reliant on the substance to function properly and endures withdrawal symptoms when substance use stops.
Addiction: The body and mind experience an uncontrollable urge and inability to stop using the substance despite the harm and consequences it causes.
Can Your Body Become Immune to Drugs?
Effects of Drug Tolerance
Positive Effects of Drug Tolerance
Negative Effects of Drug Tolerance
Can You Be Born With a High Tolerance to Drugs?
Passing Tolerance Down to Your Children
For some individuals, high or low tolerance is genetically present. If tolerance is present in a family’s genealogy, that trait can be passed down to children.
Breaking the Drug Tolerance Chain
If you or someone you know is struggling with drug abuse and is pregnant or trying to conceive, it’s critical to seek professional help. Licensed substance use professionals and medical providers are trained to help pregnant, postpartum, and parenting women with medication and drug tolerance. Professional help is the most effective method to avoid passing tolerance down to children.
Treatment for Drug Tolerance, Dependence, and Addiction
Treatment for alcohol and drug tolerance, dependence, and addiction is an effective tool for healing a person’s mind, body, and soul. At Profound Treatment, our knowledgeable staff provides support and care to each individual as they navigate their path to recovery.
Drug Tolerance Treatment Programs
In addition to individualized treatment plans, Profound Treatment works diligently to provide highly personalized accommodations in a comfortable family environment.
Detoxification: Profound Treatment provides medical and sub-acute detox programs for individuals struggling with drug tolerance, dependence, and addiction.
Residential Care: We offer various levels of care to meet each person’s clinical needs, including inpatient drug rehab, partial hospitalization programs, and intensive outpatient programs.
Therapies: At Profound Treatment, we recognize that a one-size-fits-all approach is not effective or helpful for individuals struggling with substance use. Therefore, our licensed clinicians utilize various evidence-based therapies, including eye movement desensitization reprocessing (EMDR), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), and cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT), while focusing on client-driven treatment goals.
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For individuals interested in seeking help for substance use and mental health, such as addressing drug tolerance, participating in trauma-focused therapies, managing anxiety, or achieving sobriety, Profound Treatment is ready to help. Contact our welcoming team at Profound Treatment for more information about available programs and therapies.