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I'm trying to manage my caffeine addiction. I'm wondering how much caffeine one usually has to take before a tolerance builds up. Is there a minimum amount (like 50mg a day) that one can take without tolerance building up?

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Tashanie
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No because it will depend on an individuals weight and metabolism. If you know you have an addiction and want to get off caffeine just cut it down gradually by replacing one drink a day with caffeine free and staying at that level for a 3-4 days or a week week and gradually increasing the number of caffeine free drinks over time......

Tolerance can develop to effects of any addictive substance. Thats why people who are on morphine for pain need increasing doses.

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No because it will depend on an individuals weight and metabolism. If you know you have an addiction and want to get off caffeine just cut it down gradually by replacing one drink a day with caffeine free and staying at that level for a 3-4 days or a week week and gradually increasing the number of caffeine free drinks over time......

Tolerance can develop to effects of any addictive substance. Thats why people who are on morphine for pain need increasing doses.

Thanks Tashanie, but I'm a seasoned veteran when it comes to cutting myself off the caffeine. I drink coffee one day a week, although I do slip on that commitment now and again. My struggle is to manage the addiction, not to get rid of it. I'm just wondering if, on my off days, I should continue avoiding caffeine all together or if I can keep it to a minimum. But I guess the answer is no, huh? Even a tiny dose will raise my tolerance level to some degree. Is that right?

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Thanks Tashanie, but I'm a seasoned veteran when it comes to cutting myself off the caffeine. I drink coffee one day a week, although I do slip on that commitment now and again. My struggle is to manage the addiction, not to get rid of it. I'm just wondering if, on my off days, I should continue avoiding caffeine all together or if I can keep it to a minimum. But I guess the answer is no, huh? Even a tiny dose will raise my tolerance level to some degree. Is that right?

If you drink coffee one day a week (unless you're drinking a huge amount of cola), what makes you think you are addicted?

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If you drink coffee one day a week (unless you're drinking a huge amount of cola), what makes you think you are addicted?

Because it's really hard.

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I asked because the more you label this an addiction and the more you label yourself an addict, the more your soul will believe it. It gives power to the 'addiction'. The idea that addictions 'have to be managed' and that some people have 'addictive personalities' keeps them locked into a situation of constant stress and battle.

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Well, just to give the full background, I struggle with substance of various kinds. Caffeine is the main culprit as far as I'm concerned, but when highly caffeinated, I become what I call a conditional alcoholic (conditional on the caffeine). There's also other drugs, mostly cannabinoids, but I'm not over concerned about those because I don't think they're causing a serious problem (except a bit of laziness).

There was a time when I denied being an addict, but others in my life (including a marriage councilor) wanted me to admit it. I finally did after my wife found me sleeping on the side of a toilet on a Wednesday morning and I had to be at work in an hour.

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