Having a tolerance for something is when more and more of the substance is needed to receive the satisfaction that is desired. If you come to the point where you are needing to use more of something to receive satisfaction, a tolerance may have been created. Building a tolerance for meth can happen very easily. It can happen in only the first few times of using meth. Building a meth tolerance is not very hard.
Having a tolerance to meth does not mean you also have an addiction to it. Having an addiction means the need/want for the drug. Addiction is then constant urge feeling to want to use. Tolerance is something that is built up and more of a substance is needed to gain a high from meth. This doesn’t mean that an addiction can’t easily develop. Having a high tolerance for meth and needing more to get the high that is wanted is how an addiction comes about.
Developing Meth Tolerance
If you or someone you love is abusing meth daily it is expected that the body will build up both a physical dependence on meth or a high tolerance to the drug. Once this happens that means the doses will need to start being bigger or more often. It is hard to accurately measure if a person develops a tolerance to meth or if meth triggers a physical dependence to higher levels of dopamine in the body. But how do you know if you’re developing tolerance to meth effects or becoming physically dependent on meth, or not?
Meth Tolerance Symptoms
Tolerance is characterized by a need for a larger dose of a medication to maintain the original effect. Drug tolerance can involve both psychological drug tolerance and physiological factors. There are two common meth tolerance symptoms that can indicate a developed tolerance to meth.
Meth tolerance is defined by either one or all of the following:
- A need for increased amounts of meth to achieve intoxication or the desired effect. You have to increase doses amount or frequency in order to maintain effective craving management and pain relief.
- Diminished effect on the user with continued use of the same amount of meth. In other words, when you take the prescribed amount of meth, no therapeutic effects occur. Likewise, if you are taking meth recreationally, increased tolerance would manifest as no euphoric effect.
If you are noticing some or all of these symptoms apply to you or someone you love that may not necessarily mean that an addiction has already developed, but it could mean there is high potential for one to develop and medical attention or help should be considered right away.
How to Lower Tolerance To Meth
You can lower your tolerance to meth but it is important to note that you cannot lower tolerance to your original base level. In other words, there will always be a level of maintained tolerance as long as you are taking meth. If you want to lower your tolerance, the best way to do so is to seek a doctor’s supervision.
Additionally, some people may have a naturally high tolerance to meth because they have naturally high levels of dopamine occurring in the body and have a more difficult time lowering their tolerance to the medication. This can be difficult because when you stop taking meth or lower your dose the presence of the symptoms it was treating may arise. Or withdrawal from meth can occur. Keep a line of open communication with your doctor during times when you want to make meth more effective. MDs can help you figure out the best possible situation for your cravings and pain and examine possible alternatives.
If you or someone you love may be developing a tolerance to meth it is very important to seek help right away, before and addiction is developed. Once an addiction is developed it can become much harder to break the cycle. It is important to get help as soon as the signs of a high meth tolerance are seen.