There is a difference between physical dependence and addiction. This distinction can be difficult to understand, particularly with prescribed pain medications. With pain pills, the need for increasing dosages for pain relief can be indicate either addiction or physical dependence. We review the basic clinical criteria for each so that you can identify an addict from a chemically dependent person here.
Physical dependence can occur during the use of many drugs – even if you are taking the drugs appropriately, as prescribed or medically instructed. In fact, physical dependence in and of itself IS NOT addiction. Here, we’ll review the two characteristics of physical drug dependence. But before that, you need to understand the principle of homeostasis.
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