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Addiction vs. Dependence

Posted by @stressedmesseddepressed, Tue, Mar 20 6:44pm

Dependence vs. Addiction

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It's so easy to misuse words unintentionally that I was interested to read the difference between (Physical) Dependence and Addiction. (I believe I'm physically-dependent upon clonazepam now having read this but thought I was addicted. Regardless, I'm getting off clonazepam/no more benzos under my Dr.'s care, no matter how long it takes. A personal decision.)

"Physical dependence on a substance (drug or alcohol) may be a component of addiction, but it does not itself equal addiction.

Dependence is characterized by tolerance or withdrawal symptoms and can be a consequence of many drugs, such as pain medications, stimulants, and antidepressants.

Addiction, on the other hand, is a mental disease that includes both physical and psychological dependence and is manifested via behavioral symptoms, most notably continued use of the substance in spite of clear harmful effects on the individual and their family."

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