physical dependence

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dependence

 [de-pen´dens]
a need for something; sometimes used as a synonym for drug dependence.
chemical dependence (drug dependence) see drug dependence.
emotional dependence psychological dependence.
physical dependence (physiological dependence) drug dependence in which the drug is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms or in which it is associated with tolerance, or both.
psychoactive substance dependence drug dependence.
psychological dependence drug dependence in which the drug is used to obtain relief from tension or emotional discomfort; called also emotional dependence.
substance dependence drug dependence.

physical dependence

substance dependence in which there is evidence of tolerance, withdrawal, or both.

physical dependence

Substance abuse A physiologic state of neuro-adaptation to a specific opioid, characterized by a withdrawal syndrome if the drug is stopped or ↓ abruptly, or if an antagonist administered; PD may be relieved partly or completely by readministration of the substance. See Addiction, Tolerance.
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There's physical addiction - where the body adapts to a presence of an ingested drug, gets used to it and needs more and more of it, which is called tolerance," explains Winwood.
Unlike opiates, medical cannabis has no associated deaths or physical addiction.
These substances can each fulfill the same physical addiction, and users of one may transition to the other if necessary.
Good old-fashioned willpower doesn't work if you have a serious physical addiction.
Yes, there's not a physical addiction, but they are very much psychologically addicted," he said.
But it is not yet fully known why one individual will become alcoholic while another can drink moderately high quantities for years without incurring the physical addiction that marks alcoholism.
Smoking doesn't cause lung cancer; chemical stimulants won't cause a physical addiction, and so on.
For example, since the psychological addiction to nicotine is higher than its physical addiction, horrifying clips about smoking in which children are featured have a higher chance of being effective in discouraging people from smoking," BeE*ene said, but added, "But only if they are not aired too often.

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