Drug addiction and dependence are two separate but often interrelated issues. When someone is addicted to a drug, such as opioids, they have a psychological disease. Drug addiction is characterized by symptoms such as compulsive drug seeking and a loss of control. Continuing to use drugs even when there are negative or harmful consequences is also symptomatic of addiction. Drug dependence is a physical condition. When someone uses opioids, even as prescribed, their body can become dependent. The primary symptom of dependence is going through withdrawal when you stop using the drug.
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