It is important to understand the difference between physical dependence and addiction, two phrases that are sometimes used interchangably but that may or may not refer to the same thing, depending on the context.
Tolerance and withdrawal are signs of ‘physical dependence’ on a substance. Addiction, on the other hand, is a complicated term that has different meanings in different contexts, but generally refers to an obsession or attachment to a behavior, person, or substance.
Many people mistakenly consider physical dependence and addiction to be the same thing.
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