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What is the difference between mental and physical addiction?

What is the difference between mental and physical addiction?

Often together: The 2 of these often come together. "addiction" signifies a behavioral pattern of using a substance despite obvious harm to the person's life, work, and relationships. They use more than intended; lie about using; and spend lots of time using it. Physical habituation (having withdrawal symptoms when missing dose) can happen without addiction, but may come with mental/behavioral patterns as above. ...Read more

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Dr. Vasu Brown
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Addiction (Definition)

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory, and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other behaviors. A person affected by addiction will be unable to consistently Abstain from use, will have Impaired Behavioral control, will have Craving or increased "hunger" for drugs or rewarding experiences, will have a Dysfunctional Emotional response, and will show diminished recognition of significant problems with their own ...Read more


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What is the difference between physical dependence vs addiction?

What is the difference between physical dependence vs addiction?

Very little: I believe we are splitting hairs. Same thing. If you are physically dependent, that describes the hallmark of addiction. Hope this helps. Whatever you wish to call it, get help yesterday. Talk with your doctor the day before. ...Read more

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What is the difference between physical and psychological addiction?

What is the difference between physical and psychological addiction?

Addiction: Physical addiction or dependence is when chronic use of a substance results in tolerance, and when abrupt discontinuation or tapering of the substance results in unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. The person shows physiological craving for the substance. Psychological dependence is feeling the need for the substance because it induces enjoyable mental effects. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a tolerance/dependence and an addiction?

What is the difference between a tolerance/dependence and an addiction?

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 more

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I want to know what is the difference between addiction and habit and abuse?

I want to know what is the difference between addiction and habit and abuse?

Good question: An addiction is a habit that you cannot stop. Most habits can be changed with consistent focused effort. Addictions do not subside even when people make a conscious effort. Abuse is simply more severe addiction often with other behavioral consequences (trouble with the law, relationships ending, etc. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a physical addiction and physiological addiction?

What is the difference between a physical addiction and physiological addiction?

Definitions: I believe you are interchanging physical addiction with dependence which generally means that the removal of the subject will cause some type of withdrawal syndrome possibly even seizures for example. Addiction itself is a complex process that involves some activity or substance use along with adverse consequences such as criminal activity or harm to others or your relationship with others. ...Read more

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What is the difference between a psychological addiction and a physiological addiction?

Addiction: When a heroin addict quits cold turkey, the pain that he feels in being "dope sick" is beyond description in agony. This is an example of physical addiction. When the physical symptoms finally pass, but the feeling of still needing the heroin in order to live remains, that is psychological addiction. ...Read more

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What is the difference between wanting something really badly and having a compulsion?

What is the difference between wanting something really badly and having a compulsion?

Somewhat alike: A compulsion is a repetitive behavior that is in response to a thought or urge. The implication is that it is powerful and very difficult to resist. Compulsions can be unwanted or intrusive and tend to feel out of control. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between addiction and disease?

Addiction = disease: See http://www.Asam.Org/for-the-public/definition-of-addiction for te short and long term answer. In a nutshell, addiction is a primary, chronic disease of the brain. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the psychology and physiology of addiction?

What is the difference between the psychology and physiology of addiction?

Psychology & physiol: Interact. Each affects the other. We speak of body and mind as if they are separate things, but they are just two sides of the same coin. Calling addiction a disease can be misleading if it implies that physiology is more important that the psychological, social, & spiritual aspects. Drugs direct affect the physiology, but addiction recovery requires changes in thinking and behavior. ...Read more

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Dr. Hirenkumar Italia
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Compulsions (Definition)

Compulsions are behaviors that people do, not because they want to, but because they somehow feel they must do them. Different compulsions are seen in ...Read more