Tag Archives: Tolerance

  • Addiction Consequences Build Over Time
    Monday, May 24th, 2021

    Addiction Consequences Build Over Time

    Acceptance of addiction is the first step toward overcoming its consequences. Usually, sex and porn addiction build slowly over time. This makes it difficult to clearly see the ways...
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  • Tolerance and Escalation
    Thursday, February 25th, 2021

    Tolerance and Escalation

    We cannot turn back time and make a new start, but we can start from now and create a new ending. Nearly all sex and porn addicts experience tolerance...
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  • Tolerance and Escalation
    Sunday, January 17th, 2021

    Tolerance and Escalation

    Do not let your fire go out, spark by irreplaceable spark, in the hopeless swamps of your addiction. Addicts of all types typically experience an increasing tolerance to the...
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  • The Brain’s Reward Circuitry
    Friday, December 18th, 2020

    The Brain’s Reward Circuitry

    Dr. David Fawcett Addictive processes involve several regions of the brain, but most are focused on a set of structures deep in the midbrain called the reward circuitry (also...
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  • Why Do Tolerance and Escalation Develop?
    Friday, October 2nd, 2020

    Why Do Tolerance and Escalation Develop?

    David Fawcett PhD, LCSW As stated in my previous post, tolerance and escalation are common signs of addiction. Tolerance occurs when the body requires increasingly larger or more potent...
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  • What Are Tolerance and Escalation?
    Friday, September 25th, 2020

    What Are Tolerance and Escalation?

    David Fawcett PhD, LCSW In the most recent edition of its Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (the DSM-5), the American Psychiatric Association states that Substance Use Disorder...
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  • Sympathetic Arousal, Tolerance, and Escalation
    Friday, September 4th, 2020

    Sympathetic Arousal, Tolerance, and Escalation

    David Fawcett PhD, LCSW Methamphetamine, which elicits the release of nearly 14 times more dopamine than an orgasm, acts as a super-stimulant that quickly “hijacks” the reward circuitry of...
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