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How Are Addiction, Tolerance, And Withdrawal Related To Drug Abuse?

Addiction, according to some, is an effect of an impaired decision-making. When you opt to abuse drugs, eventually, you will think poorly of matters around you.

The addiction cycle involves:

  • Tolerance
  • Sensitization
  • Withdrawal

Tolerance tells about how much drugs or alcohol can your body tolerate or how much the body needs to feel the same effects.

When you use drugs more than the dosage that your body has been accustomed to for a period of time, your body’s tolerance will be increased. Therefore, you will crave more and take more to satisfy oneself of the same affects you have had the first time you tried it. Tolerance is a high risk for addiction because your body will crave for the drug in an increasing amount.

Sensitization may also take place in the brain; one of the strongest reasons why a person becomes an addict.

The process of sensitization makes the person more sensitive to the environment, especially in factors that trigger the use of drugs. Sensitization is different from tolerance. While both are reasons for downward progress, tolerance equates to drug taking whereas sensitization is the craving for the drug. As tolerance levels increase, the cravings will also heighten. In no time at all, the motivation to take more and more of the drug strengthens. When this happens, a cycle is then created. It is like “I will take only a small portion before the cravings hit me, but I need to take a lot more drugs to satisfy it.”

Withdrawal is another ingredient to make the cycle of addiction go on.

If you are experiencing pain while being on the “cycle of addiction,” it only implies that your body needs for you to take a bigger dosage or a stronger different drug to relieve the pain. The process of withdrawal means that your body is on its way to restoring your “normal state of equilibrium” for proper functioning without needing drugs. It also signals your brain and your body that you need a pain killer throughout the withdrawal journey. Withdrawing from what the body has been accustomed to is life-threatening, but the most common symptoms include a headache, nausea, vomiting, violent shaking, and diarrhea, to name a few.

If there is some fortunate thought to it, it is the fact that deciding to withdraw from the habit is a big leap towards sobriety.

For some, withdrawal creates the downward spiral path for addiction; you get high after taking drugs, you take another drug if you feel the pain, and think that you need to take another drug just to feel great.  While this scenario is what is most common to those who have been caught inside the darkness of addiction, remember that change is still within you.

No one else decides for you, but yourself alone. So, get up! Going through the entire cleansing process may be difficult, but you do not have to do it alone.

Krissie Twomey

Blogger at Rehab Near Me
Hi! I'm Krissie and like you my life has been impacted by addiction. Join me as we discuss drugs and alcohol and how it has impacted our lives.

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