a woman concerned about her friend with a psychological dependence

Understanding Psychological Dependence

While those who have substance use disorders (SUD) experiencing physical processes that affect their behavior, there is also a psychological component. That means that an addicted individual is mentally dependent on a substance. Psychological dependence describes an individual’s emotional and mental processes regarding SUD or drug addiction. The Signs of Psychological Dependence When you define…

a woman drinking but struggling with physical dependence

Spotting the Signs of Physical Dependence

When someone develops physical dependence, that means they are using a substance over time and, when they try stopping, they experience unpleasant physical symptoms. That person depends on that substance to prevent withdrawal symptoms from occurring. As tolerances increase, that person must use more of a substance to prevent these adverse effects from occurring. The…