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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What Is Psychological Dependence?

When people think of dependence, they often think of physical dependence on something. For instance, when someone is dependent on drugs or alcohol, their body often reacts violently and painfully to the lack of their substance of choice. This person has grown physically dependent on substances. Without a continual intake, they will begin to experience…

When Does Psychological Dependence Happen?

Psychological dependence is the term used to describe the emotional or psychological components of a substance use disorder. These mental components often include intense cravings for the substance or behavior and a profound difficulty associated with thinking about anything else. Psychological dependence is also sometimes referred to as psychological addiction. Although the terms dependence and…