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What does it mean when a woman has dependence and addiction?

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Dr. Paul Schwartz
Psychiatry
3 doctors agree

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
Dr. Paul Schwartz
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Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry
2 doctors agree

In brief: Dependence

Is the body accommodating to the effects of a drug so that if the drug is suddenly stopped, the body will go into a withdrawal syndrome.
This is a normal reaction to being on certain medications. Addiction, a very different thing, is using a drug for something other than its' intended use, like using pain meds to get high instead of to treat pain. It is a huge problem for all of us!

In brief: Dependence

Is the body accommodating to the effects of a drug so that if the drug is suddenly stopped, the body will go into a withdrawal syndrome.
This is a normal reaction to being on certain medications. Addiction, a very different thing, is using a drug for something other than its' intended use, like using pain meds to get high instead of to treat pain. It is a huge problem for all of us!
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Dr. Susan Uhrich
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