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Physical dependence (or drug dependence) refers to a state resulting from habitual use of a drug, where negative physical withdrawal symptoms result from abrupt discontinuation. From the point of view of the dependent person, "dependence is duress," argues addiction researcher Griffith Edwards.
Difference from Addiction
Physical dependence is different from drug addiction. The latter is often characterized by a psychological need for a drug, while the former can often be the result of legal, long-term use of medicine.
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