What is Psychological Dependence

Psychological dependence refers to a strong emotional or psychological attachment to a substance, such as a drug, that can lead to compulsive drug-seeking behavior despite negative consequences. It is often accompanied by physical dependence, which occurs when the body has adapted to the presence of a substance and experiences withdrawal symptoms when the drug is discontinued.

Individuals with psychological dependence on drugs may feel a strong urge to use the substance in response to stress, boredom, or other psychological triggers. They may also feel anxious or irritable without the drug and believe they need it to function normally. Over time, this dependence can lead to the development of drug-seeking behavior and can become a significant barrier to recovery from addiction. Effective addiction treatment often involves addressing both the physical and psychological aspects of dependence, including the underlying psychological and emotional issues that may have contributed to the development of addiction.

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