What is dependence?

  • (noun): Lack of independence or self-sufficiency.
    Synonyms: dependance, dependency
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on dependence:

Alcohol Withdrawal Syndrome
... Excessive use of alcohol leads to tolerance, physical dependence, and an alcohol withdrawal syndrome ... are well known for their propensity to induce physiological dependence ... Dependence on other sedative-hypnotics increases the severity of the withdrawal syndrome ...
Benzodiazepine Dependence - History
... Previously, physical dependence on benzodiazepines was largely thought to occur only in people on high-therapeutic-dose ranges and low- or normal-dose dependence was not suspected until the 1970s and it was not ... Low-dose dependence has now been clearly demonstrated in both animal studies and human studies, and is a recognized clinical disadvantage of benzodiazepines ... for a maximum of 7–14 days to avoid dependence ...
Psychological Dependence
... In the APA Dictionary of Psychology, psychological dependence is defined as "dependence on a psychoactive substance for the reinforcement it provides." Most times psychological dependence is ... similar in that addiction is a physiological "craving" for something and psychological dependence is a "need" for a particular substance because it causes enjoyable mental affects ... Psychological dependence begins after the first trial which a person then becomes satisfied and the satisfaction increases with each use ...
Benzodiazepine Dependence - Definition
... Benzodiazepine dependence is the condition resulting from repeated use of benzodiazepine drugs ... It can include both a physical dependence as well as a psychological dependence and is typified by a withdrawal syndrome upon a fall in blood plasma levels of benzodiazepines, e.g ...
Severity Of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire
... The Severity of Alcohol Dependence Questionnaire (SADQ or SAD-Q) is a 20 item clinical screening tool designed to measure the presence and level of alcohol dependence ... symptoms Craving and relief drinking Typical daily consumption Reinstatement of dependence after a period of abstinence ... A score of over 30 indicates severe alcohol dependence ...

More definitions of "dependence":

  • (noun): Being abnormally tolerant to and dependent on something that is psychologically or physically habit-forming (especially alcohol or narcotic drugs).
    Synonyms: addiction, dependency, habituation

Famous quotes containing the word dependence:

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