Addiction. Is it real? What is it? These are common questions society asks. It is important to understand the terms Addiction and Physical Dependence.Addiction vs Physical Dependence defined:
- Physical Dependence is normal physiology that develops when a person uses high doses of a substance such as an opioid for longer than a few weeks. It can be resolved by having a slow taper process off the substance; noting there will most likely be a form of withdrawal symptoms if abruptly stopped or too quickly tapered.
- Addiction is a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain.