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DEPENDENCE AND ADDICTION
There is a great deal of confusion about the difference between dependence and addiction.
You are said to be dependent on any substance from which you experience uncomfortable symptoms when you stop taking the substance.
It doesn’t have to be an opioid like OxyContin or methadone to create dependence. Many of us have become dependent on sugar or caffeine. When we tried to stop eating sugar or drinking coffee or caffeinated beverages, we experienced uncomfortable symptoms—headaches, cramps or others, for example.
However, for the person becoming dependent on opioids, the […]