Psychological Dependence & Addiction-Two Sides of the Same Coin

The terms addiction, chemical dependence, and psychological dependence are often used interchangeably. In reality, addiction and psychological dependence are quite similar. Psychological dependence describes the psychological (or emotional) components of substance use disorder. These elements include cravings or behaviors that occur around the perceived need to use a substance. Psychological dependence is also sometimes referred…

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It Can Creep up on You: How Addiction Starts

In this post, we’ll answer the fundamental question: how does addiction start? We’ll begin with a discussion on just what addiction is—and what it is not. Then we’ll examine the differences between terms you’ve probably heard used interchangeably, such as tolerance, dependence and addiction. We wrap up with a few psychological red flags that can…

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Group Therapy Benefits

Often patients wonder what the difference between group and individual therapy is, and how they could benefit from group therapy. While both are valid and potentially helpful forms of therapy and can possibly have a similar outcome, the method of treatment involved with each is distinctly different. Does Group Therapy Work? During a group therapy…