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Understanding Addiction The Physical Dependence Model
Addiction is a condition in which a person has a strong, persistent physical and psychological need for a habit-forming substance (such as alcohol, cigarettes, or cocaine) or an activity (such as gambling). The person usually suffers physical or psychological withdrawal symptoms if he is unable to continue getting what ...Read more
No: People being treated by prescription can become dependent but not addicted. ...Read more
What about the stories of addiction surrounding opiates? Is there a difference between physical dependence and addiction?
A lot: Alcohol can adversely affect every organ in the body except the kidneys. The brain, the skin, the liver-all the organs. When dependency develops to alcohol, a person builds up a tolerance to the alcohol and the person then drinks more and more in order to obtain the desired effects. Drinking a pint of whiskey every day for at least one month, a person will have withdrawal symptoms when stopping. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Three things: You have mentioned three different things: tolerance - needing more of a drug to get the same effect. Very common in many drugs. Dependence - a physical/psychological need for a drug, often accompanied by specific symptoms if you stop taking it. Addiction - pattern of [harmful] behaviors involving a substance or behavior; typically involves dependence/tolerance related to the substance/behavior. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
The same: Mental or psychological dependence are essentially the same. You might mean physiological rather than psychological. Physiological involves bodily functions to include heart rate, blood pressure, shakiness, and other changes. When people are physiologically dependent, they may feel those bodily changes without a clear psychological/mental need/addiction. Addiction relates to mental/psychological. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My 30 yr old friend died due to medicine issues. Which of my medicines can cause addiction, dependence, or tolerance? I don't want to repeat his fate.
Ask your doctor: Sorry for the loss of your friend -- that is hard. Since you don't state the medicines you're taking, we can't comment on their potential addictiveness. However, your own physician would be able to discuss this with you if you ask. Good luck to you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Probably not good: Dependence, which is not necessarily pathological (diabetics are dependent upon insulin), is when your body has adapted to and become reliant on a certain drug such that discontinuation of that drug will result in physiological withdrawal symptoms (e..G seizures). Addiction is the repeated, pathological, compulsive abuse of a drug on which one is generally dependent despite harmful consequences. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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