It’s a perverse twist of addiction that the more you use a drug or alcohol, the more you need to get the same effect.
In scientific terms, that’s known as tolerance – the body’s reduced reaction to a drug following repeated use.
Essentially, your cells become desensitized to sustained exposure. And so, you consume more and more to try to achieve the same initial buzz.
Anyone who’s had experience with chemical substances – including sugar or caffeine – is familiar with what that feels like. Your first cup of coffee, for example, might deliver the kind of intoxicating effects that could take you four cups to achieve five years down the road.
When it comes to drugs and alcohol, however, tolerance can be very dangerous.
That’s because taking a break from a substance allows your tolerance to lower and reset. The problem is that you can’t really know that until you consume the substance.
Tragically, some opioid users who complete detox fall victim to fatal relapse because they misjudge their new tolerance.
Immediately going back to the same levels of use that they were used to before treatment, they overdose. They had no idea that their tolerance had dropped so much.
For that reason, it’s essential to create a plan to stay on the road to recovery after alcohol or drug detox.
Early sobriety is a delicate stage, and the caring and knowledgeable staff at Clean Path can work with you to create a safe environment that will lead you to success. Contact us today.