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What\'s the difference between addiction and dependence.

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Asked: 2018-12-07 00:13:44
Are they both the same thing or could I have both?


Answered: 2018-12-07 16:09:44

Because I am not sure what drug you are referring to, I'm going to assume that you are talking about addiction and dependence from a medical prescription perspective. Hopefully, this can clear it up for you. So, let's say that you are taking prescription opioids to manage pain. After you have taken these opioids for a few months, it is likely that you will become dpeendent. If you are taking them every day as prescribed you still will become dependent on the pills meaning that if you stop taking them you will experience withdrawal. Addiction is different. Addiction is when you are misuing or abusing your medication and taking more than you prescribed. In the realm of illegal drugs, I'd say that the rule of thumb is that if you are using them all the time, you have a problem and you have an addiction not a dependency.


Answered: 2018-12-07 22:01:50

Being dependent on a substance can be both physical or psychological or both at the same time. Physical dependence is when a body needs it to function without withdrawal symptoms. Psychological dependence is also called addiction and its when you psychologically crave the substance and have a problem controlling use.

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