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Running head: DISCUSSION QUESTIONS- OPIOIDS
DISCUSSION QUESTIONS- OPIOIDS
Difference Between Opioid Addiction and Opioid Physical Dependence
There is a wide confusion by people including psychiatrists or doctors, between opioid
addiction and physical dependence, with the two terms being wrongfully used interchangeably.
However, the two terms are different. Physical dependence refers to the normal changes that the
human body makes when it is exposed to opioids for a period longer than multiple weeks and
months. The human body works to keep things at a level. When opioids are ingested for more
than several days the body makes changes in an attempt to compensate and reduce the effects of
the opioids. With continued use, more opioids will be required to maintain the same effect,
which is known as tolerance. The sudden stop of the opioids uses to a backlash experience in the
opposite direction as a result of the adaptations of the body. In the case of addiction, ...