Psychological dependence

What is psychological dependence?

Psychological dependence refers to the emotional and mental aspects of addiction, such as cravings, compulsive use, and the perceived need for a substance to feel "normal" or cope with stress, anxiety, or other emotions. Psychological dependence can develop independently of physical dependence and is an important component of substance use disorders.


In opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, addressing psychological dependence is crucial for long-term recovery. Behavioral therapies, counseling, and support services are essential components of MAT that help individuals manage their psychological dependence on opioids.

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