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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

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 a psychological addiction and a physiological addiction?

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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Is addiction a physical disease or a psychological one?

Is addiction a physical disease or a psychological one?

Both: Addiction to any substance implies that the body has not only become physically habituated to it, but a behavior change has also happened. Rather than using the substance sporadically, now the person pursues the substance and continues using it despite overt harm to his/her own life, relationships, and career. Tolerance has developed, and the person needs more for same effect. ...Read more

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Could a psychological addiction cause physical withdrawal symptoms?

Could a psychological addiction cause physical withdrawal symptoms?

Yes: Imho there is no such thing as a "pure" physical or psychological addiction. The mind and body are tied together, and anything that effects one will impact the other. ...Read more

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Can psychological addiction be cured? If so, how? Or will the need to use be there forever?

Can psychological addiction be cured? If so, how? Or will the need to use be there forever?

There is no "cure": For addiction. With ongoing therapy and counseling one can "control" their addiction and not use. Support groups like AA or NA or for whatever addiction you may have are a good place to receive nonjudgmental help. A sponsor will give added support and help. If presented the opportunity to use you may be tempted that is where the sponsor may be a big help. I hope this is of some help. ...Read more

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Which addiction is more difficult to deal with: mental or psychological dependence?

Which addiction is more difficult to deal with: mental or psychological dependence?

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 more

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Can I have a dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) psychological addiction?

Possible: Would need to know more about what you are experiencing, but some people really like the sense of mood elevation and mental sharpness that Dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) can induce in some (not all) individuals. Losing that "edge" can be uncomfortable, so you go back to the medication to get it back, sometimes needing higher and higher doses to do so. ...Read more

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What is a dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) psychological addiction like?

What is a dexedrine (dextroamphetamine) psychological addiction like?

Addiction=addiction: A harmful pattern of use characterized by using more of the substance than intended, persistent desire or unsuccessful attempts to cut down or stop using, significant periods of time spent using or obtaining the substance at the expense of other major life responsibilities, and continuing to use despite the knowledge of adverse effects. Psychological would imply no tolerance for withdrawal. ...Read more

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What sort of psychological disorder or drug addiction/withdrawal leads to unreasonable anger in people?

What sort of psychological disorder or drug addiction/withdrawal leads to unreasonable anger in people?

Many disorders: Many psychological disorders can have anger as a symptom. Careful evaluation is needed. For instance bipolar disorder and add can both have anger manifestation but are treated with very different medications. Most additive drugs can cause anger during the withdrawal period and thus slow. Withdrawal is needed. ...Read more

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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 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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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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Can you explain to me the difference between mental and physical addiction - if there is one?

Can you explain to me the difference between mental and physical addiction - if there is one?

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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Is watching porn addictive and does it affect us in negative ways? If so, would it affect us biologically or just psychologically, say through guilt?

Is watching porn addictive and does it affect us in negative ways? If so, would it affect us biologically or just psychologically, say through guilt?

Sometimes: For some people, watching porn is one of many aspects of their sexual expression. They are not driven toward it, although they may frequently enjoy it. For others, watching porn becomes a compulsive activity which is addictive in nature and accompanied by guilt. While experienced psychologically, some evidence suggests that addiction is biologically based. However, this is not clear cut. ...Read more

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What about the stories of addiction surrounding opiates? Is there a difference between physical dependence and addiction?

Yes: Physical dependence involves use to avoid withdrawal both physiologic and substance dependent without compulsive, lack of control behavior. You can have dependence without addiction. ...Read more

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

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 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?

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 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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What is the difference between compulsive overeating and a food addiction?

What is the difference between compulsive overeating and a food addiction?

An addiction to: Anything, including food, is a mood-altering, compulsive behavior that occurs in response to triggers (internal or external) that are largely out of awareness. The behavior continues beyond the point of dealing with dysphoria and usually then causes harm, but the addict still won't quit. From this description, there is little difference between compulsive overeating and food addictions. ...Read more

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What is the difference between alcohol addiction and say heroin addiction?

What is the difference between alcohol addiction and say heroin addiction?

Addiction=Addiction: Alcohol is not illegal to possess. Alcohol is more toxic biologically. Alcohol withdrawal may be deadly, whereas heroin withdrawal, while uncomfortable, is not life threatening. Heroin, when injected, may lead to various systemic infections. Otherwise, the process of the two diseases may lead in the same direction (insanity and death), and the process of recovery is similar (mutual support). ...Read more

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Is there a substantial difference between having an addiction to sex or simply having poor moral character?

Probably: Addictions of any kind involve more than just temptation and moral weakness - there appears to be a vulnerability to addiction that is due to how the brain's Dopamine / reward system works. Plenty of folks with poor moral character never develop addiction. And some people with otherwise good moral character fall into addiction. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between a codeine and morphine addiction?

Is there a difference between a codeine and morphine addiction?

A little: Codeine tolerance rarely gets as high as other opioids. Otherwise, no difference. ...Read more

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What is the main difference between a drug habit and drug addiction?

What is the main difference between a drug habit and drug addiction?

Physical & behavior: The two terms don't really have a medical meaning but the main differences between frequent use and problem use of drugs are physical and mental. Physically, problem use can develop as the person becomes tolerant to the drug and needs more to achieve an effect. Behaviorally problem use shows up when drug use interferes with daily life and obligations or causes health problems and yet it continues. ...Read more

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Is drug addiction inherited or is it learned behavior & what's the difference between?

Is drug addiction inherited or is it learned behavior & what's the difference between?

Largely inherited: Lots of evidence of strong genetic component: those w/ genetic family history are much more likely to become addicted even if not raised around those relatives. Read kathleen whalen firzgerald's 1988 book "alcoholism: the genetic inheritance." also, for the brain science about this, see the video "pleasure unwoven, available from www. Instituteforaddictionstudy. Com or watch it on youtube. ...Read more