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What is the difference between physical and psychological addiction?

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Dr. Alan Ali
Psychiatry
4 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Alan Ali
Dr. Alan Ali
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Dr. Jeff Blixt
Addiction Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Addiction is primarily defined by its psychological or behavioral component, which does have a biological basis.
There is no such thing as physical addiction. There is physical dependence, which usually includes tolerance and withdrawals and is usually a part of addiction, but does not have to be. Addiction is defined by uncontrolled use, continued use despite negative consequences and craving.

In brief: See below

Addiction is primarily defined by its psychological or behavioral component, which does have a biological basis.
There is no such thing as physical addiction. There is physical dependence, which usually includes tolerance and withdrawals and is usually a part of addiction, but does not have to be. Addiction is defined by uncontrolled use, continued use despite negative consequences and craving.
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Dr. Jeff Blixt
Thank
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