The concept of physical or psychological dependence is complex, and should only be diagnosed by a medical professional. In some cases, it can be dangerous for your loved one to quit without medical assistance.
What is Physical Dependence?
When someone uses a substance regularly, both their brain and the rest of their body becomes accustomed to receiving it. When they stop using unexpectedly, withdrawal, the physical or psychological reaction caused by the dependence on the drug, begins.
Withdrawal symptoms can be short-lived or last for months and range from mild to severe or potentially life-threatening. Depending on the substance, symptoms include: