Many people likely assume that addiction, tolerance to alcohol or other substances, and physical dependence of a substance is one and the same. Actually, there are distinct differences between addiction and dependence. When you have the signs, symptoms, or effects of dependence, the medical detox center NH option at Green Mountain Treatment Center is here to help you.
Physical dependence results in many potential issues, and possible dangers to your health, and safety. It requires intervention as soon as possible to get you started on a new life without the symptoms associated with withdrawal from alcohol, illicit street drugs, prescription medications or other substances of abuse.
What is Physical Dependence?
The term physical dependence is often used interchangeably in discussions about drug addiction. The dependence actually differs from tolerance and addiction in a number of ways.
Several sources, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), define addiction as a disease. When an individual uses a drug compulsively, regardless of the consequences, this is a sign of addiction. The substance addiction results in the person not being able to stop using the drugs and to disregard responsibilities of day-to-day life. The person sometimes hits ‘rock bottom,’ having given up positive aspects of life for their addiction.
Many people with an addiction seek treatment for their substance use disorder of illicit street drugs, prescription drug addiction, or alcohol addiction. The people seeking treatment, and others that abuse drugs often do not know the symptoms that determine whether a person exhibits dependence.
Some aspects of physical dependence include:
- The body adapting to the drugs being present
- Requiring more and more of the drug to experience the same effects
- Worsening of co-occurring mental health symptoms if the substance use is stopped
- Mild to potentially deadly withdrawal symptoms without intervention
Dangers Associated with Physical Dependency
Do you think that you can effectively handle your dependency to the street drugs, alcohol, or prescription drugs that you abuse? When you experience dependency, your brain and the rest of your body does not function normally. NIDA uses heroin dependence as an example, saying that if you attempt to withdraw from your heroin use, the withdrawal symptoms are potentially ‘very serious.’ Although some people likely believe that you have to take large amounts of a drug to develop dependence, this is not true. Dependence potentially occurs even with low doses of a substance over time.
There are several symptoms of physical dependence, such as:
- Sleep disturbances
- Muscle aches and pains
MedlinePlus, a publication of the National Institutes of Health, also lists sweating, abdominal cramps, and agitation as symptoms. Similarly, there is a risk of hallucinations, tremors, difficulty breathing and other possible withdrawal symptoms associated with dependency.
How Do I Get Help for my Physical Dependence?
Do you believe that you enter into a treatment program right away to overcome your dependence to substances that you abuse? When you have a dependence, you first need to undergo medical detox. Medical detox helps you through the withdrawal, providing you with a safe environment and medical professionals with the expertise to help people through their medical detox.
Complete the medical detox and then undergo treatment, whether you need alcohol treatment, or substance abuse treatment for other drugs. Do you have co-occurring mental health and substance use issues? Green Mountain Treatment Center staff are here to welcome you and guide you through the entire treatment process.
Residential rehab provides you with a comprehensive treatment that helps you through your recovery. Contact us at 866.913.7957 and start your new life free of physical dependence today.