Inflation refers to a phenomenon where the individual’s tolerance to a substance increases over time, requiring higher doses to achieve the same effect. In other words, the individual becomes less sensitive to the substance and needs more to feel the desired effects. This process can occur with various substances, including drugs like opioids, alcohol, and stimulants, and can contribute to the development of addiction.
Over time, inflation can also lead to serious health problems, including overdose and organ damage, and a greater risk of financial and social consequences associated with substance use. In the context of addiction treatment, inflation is a factor that must be taken into consideration when developing a comprehensive, evidence-based treatment plan.