What is Dependency?

Dependency, in the context of addiction, refers to the state in which a person’s body and mind have become so accustomed to a substance (such as drugs or alcohol) that they can no longer function normally without it. Dependence on a substance can lead to physical withdrawal symptoms when the substance is not used, such as headaches, nausea, tremors, or seizures. In addition, psychological dependence can result in cravings and the development of compulsive behaviors that lead to continued substance use despite negative consequences. Dependence is a key characteristic of addiction and can contribute to developing chronic and relapsing conditions that require ongoing treatment and support.

Share this Definition...