A tolerance to a substance occurs when the body gets used to a substance (drugs, alcohol or medication) so that more of the same substance is needed to give the desired effect that was once received initially from smaller amounts.
There are several mechanisms behind tolerance, including changes in the metabolism of a drug, cellular changes or behavioural/psychological effects. Tolerance is not always negative, and people may develop a tolerance to the side effects of a drug over time as well.
We look at these issues and many others in this article. This is one not to miss if you think that you or someone else you know may have developed a tolerance to medications or substances.
England and Wales have yet again recorded their highest ever number of drug-related deaths, according to the latest figures from the Office for National Statistics (ONS).
This eye-opening article really shows why we must not take our eye off of the prize when it comes to the combined effort that we all provide in an attempt to overcome our addiction and substance misuse crisis!
Did you know just how important it is to show gratitude for what you have or are provided with? If you are blessed with the perfect family, a good job or an ideal one that you’ve always wanted to do, stable finances with some money tucked away for a rainy day or a healthy life, you should be grateful. Even being grateful for the little things in your life can make a real difference to your mental wellbeing, provide an improvement in mood and optimism, as well as motivate you to seek more improvements in your life and for those around you.
Keep reading if you want to know more about the science behind gratitude and how it can benefit you, your mental health, physical health and recovery from substances with our top 10 tips.
The lack of local access to mental health and addiction services, ever increasing waiting lists, cost of private treatment, societal stigma and other factors contribute to the global widespread inability to get into therapy//treatment when the person needs it most.
Tele-healthcare or online therapy helps to remove some of these obstacles in order for many more able to receive the mental health care that they need and deserve. Virtual therapy sessions are enabling more and more people with addiction and mental health issues to succeed in their lives. This also includes other therapies including hypnotherapy, mindfulness, meditation and many others.
Here you can discover whether online therapy may benefit you or someone else you know, as well as when online therapy may not be the best fit for you. Check out our new article.
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University of Exeter scientists compared the effects of morphine on 52 healthy people, 27 with a history of childhood abuse and neglect, 25 who reported no such experiences in childhood. This research looks at the possibility of linking childhood trauma and
increased enjoyment of morphine.
The findings in this piece of research is ground-breaking and may pave the way for other similar trials that may help to identify possible candidates who may be at risk of developing an addiction, and to reduce the likelihood of adolescents developing an addiction in later life.