• anonymous
the need to take a drug in order to avoid withdrawal symptoms is called obsessive compulsion or is it physical dependence?
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  • Nikolas
You need to know what each of those terms mean. Generally, obsessive compulsion is when a person feels compulsively driven to a certain behaviour, to relieve anxiety. Withdrawal symptoms are not so much mental (although they can be) as they are physiological - the body becomes so used to a drug to the point where it relies on the drug and stops naturally making what the drug provides. So the PHYSICAL body becomes DEPENDENT on the drug :-).
  • anonymous
its physical dependence

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