patient with therapist exploring psychological dependence

Psychological Dependence is the Hardest Part of Addiction

The fear of withdrawal symptoms might be keeping you from entering rehab. But did you know that detox is the fastest and easiest part of recovery? Make no mistake, it can be intense for individuals depending on the substance they abuse and the duration of their addiction. Yet the process is relatively short when compared…

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…

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The Dangers of Mixing Xanax and Alcohol

Scientists make Xanax out of alprazolam. Doctors prescribe this drug as an alternative to Valium. Unfortunately, some people use Xanax and alcohol together to achieve a heightened sense of relaxation or euphoria. Once someone has an addiction to these substances, the right rehab can help with their recovery journey. What Is Xanax? Doctors use Xanax…