There are many ways in which a person can become dependent on drugs and alcohol. It’s important to understand that addiction comes in many forms and that forming a dependence is an early sign that a person is forming an addiction. Physical dependence and psychological dependence are two indicators that a habit has formed. Physical dependence means that there are psychological signs and symptoms indicating that a person has developed tolerance to drugs and alcohol and, in turn, will experience withdrawal symptoms if they do not maintain that level of use.
If you or someone you care about is showing signs of having developed a physical dependence on drugs or alcohol, we encourage you to reach out to the professionals at TruHealing Gaithersburg as soon as possible. There’s a fine line between forming dependence and developing a full-blown addiction. Our addiction treatment programs are tailored to the particular needs of each client. Reach out to us today at (833) 625-0398 to speak with a trained representative or fill out our online form for more information about our addiction treatment programs.
Differences Between Dependence and Addiction
The terms dependence and addiction are often used interchangeably. This is not accurate. A person can develop an addiction without having physical or psychological dependence. Addiction can involve negative consequences such as using drugs recklessly or neglecting responsibilities due to drug or alcohol use.
Dependence includes symptoms of addiction. Once your body and mind adapt to the regular introduction of certain chemicals and substances, you begin to form tolerance. This leads a person to need more and more of a substance to continue feeling the desired euphoric effects. Once dependence has been formed, a person is likely to experience withdrawal symptoms when they use less of a substance than usual or attempt to cease use.
Signs and Symptoms of Physical Dependence
There are many signs and symptoms that indicate a person has developed or is developing a physical dependence on drugs or alcohol. Physical dependence differs from psychological dependence in that physical dependence is entirely related to a person’s bodily experience. A person who is developing or has developed a physical dependence on an addictive substance will have symptoms associated with tolerance and withdrawal.
Physical signs and symptoms of dependence are closely connected to stress on the body when there is a sudden lack of the usual amount of a chemical or substance in the body.
Signs and symptoms of drug or alcohol dependence may include:
- Mood instability
- Muscle weakness
- Body aches
There are many risks associated with alcohol or drug dependence. Tolerance encourages the use of more and more of a substance to achieve the desired effects. This can result in accidental overdose or an overdose fatality. Proper treatment at a recovery center can help fight against dependence before a person’s habit gets entirely out of hand.
Treatment Options at TruHealing Gaithersburg
Our professionals at TruHealing Gaithersburg know it can be demoralizing to realize that occasional use has developed into dependence or addiction. Early intervention is always the best-case scenario, but it’s crucial to know that it’s never too late to seek help and find lasting recovery.
At TruHealing Gaithersburg, we offer a range of programs, including:
- Partial hospitalization program (PHP)
- Intensive outpatient program (IOP)
- Outpatient treatment
- Gender-specific rehab
- Aftercare program
- Relapse prevention program
- Community housing
Overcome Physical Dependence and Addiction at TruHealing Gaithersburg
At TruHealing Gaithersburg, we offer integrated wellness programs and services designed to meet the needs of each client. Our medical doctors and mental health practitioners work with clients to formulate personalized treatment plans to ensure you get the help you need. If you or someone you care about is interested in customized treatment for physical dependence, contact TruHealing Gaithersburg by calling (833) 625-0398 or contacting us online.