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What's substance dependence vs addiction?

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Dr. Susan Uhrich
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In brief: Addiction vs.

Dependence. Some drugs have effects on the body that the body becomes used to.
This is dependence. If the drug is suddenly withdrawn, the patient will experience a withdrawal syndrome untill the body readjusts. Addiction is an uncontrollable, compulsive need for and use of a substance despite negative consequences (deteriorating health, memory, loss of relationships, legal problems, etc.).

In brief: Addiction vs.

Dependence. Some drugs have effects on the body that the body becomes used to.
This is dependence. If the drug is suddenly withdrawn, the patient will experience a withdrawal syndrome untill the body readjusts. Addiction is an uncontrollable, compulsive need for and use of a substance despite negative consequences (deteriorating health, memory, loss of relationships, legal problems, etc.).
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