a woman at a bar showing physical dependence symptoms

The Difference between Physical Dependence and Addiction

Physical dependence, or drug dependence, happens when an individual needs one or more drugs to function in everyday life. The American Psychiatric Association (APA) used to differentiate between abuse and dependence. Experts considered abuse to be the early phase of drug use that led to physical dependence. Many people view dependency as a more severe problem than abuse. Now…