TOLERANCE Typical patient has or had a serious injury which required use of an opioid for pain management. Over time, usagehad increased. Patient may or may not have residual pain, but excessive use of opioids has clouded their true medical condition. A Tolerance-based addiction is a normal physiologicalprocess, referring to the need for an increased dosage of medication in order to produce the desired effect. The patient needs more of an opioid in order to obtain the same degree of pain relief theyve previously received using a lower dosage.
PSYCHOLOGICAL ADDICTION - Although there are many kinds ofaddictions, every addict engages in arelationship with an object or event in order toproduce a desired mood change. The addictivepersonality finds difficulty in controlling theirresponse to stimuli. Their condition expressesitself well beyond drug use.Psychological Addiction is a behavioralphenomenon and addiction can be defined ascompulsive use of a substance. It is alsocharacterized by loss of control. The addicttends to focus very much on the drug. Infact, the addicts whole life revolves around thedrug: obtaining the drug, using the drug, andwhen the next fix will be. This happens even asthe addict is harming himself or herself.
PHYSICAL ADDICTIONInitially using a drug to compensate for adepressed mood or to cope with thedifficulties of life, physical addicts havecontinued to use, because they justcannot stop. Many have tried to stayclean for days, sometimes weeks, butinevitably they resume their pattern ofuse because it has become habit.Physical addiction refers to developingwithdrawal symptoms during abstinence.In other words, if an addict is using drugsand suddenly stops, it is normal for thatperson to go through withdrawal.Experiencing withdrawal simply meansthe person has developed a physicaldependence.