The Difference between Addiction and Physical Drug Dependence

The Difference between Addiction and Physical Drug DependenceA Seattle resident who is physically dependent on a drug needs the drug to function normally. Drug addiction is the chronic use of the substance despite negative or dangerous side effects. If you may be addicted or physically dependent on a drug, talk with medical and recovery professionals. They will be able to identify signs of addiction or physical dependence, and they can help you take the appropriate actions for your situation.

How Does Treatment Vary for Addiction and Physical Dependence?

Addicts typically need the services of an inpatient treatment program. Medical professionals are available 24 hours a day to address all physical and psychological aspects of addiction, and therapists will help address underlying causes of addiction and will provide the tools and knowledge needed to achieve and maintain sobriety. Physical dependence may require inpatient treatment, or it may involve working with a doctor to create a gradual plan to reduce dosage. Every dependence or addiction situation will be treated on an individual basis. Each addiction is different, every dependence is different and every Seattle resident has different reasons for using.

End Addiction and Dependence

If you are worried about your or a loved one’s drug use, please call our toll-free helpline today. We are available 24 hours a day and can provide a free and confidential assessment of your situation. Let us help you explore the differences between addiction and dependence and find the solution that will work for you.