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What Is Psychological Addiction?

Welcome to My 5 Palms, your sanctuary for recovery located in the tranquil surroundings of Ormond Beach, Florida. Our comprehensive addiction treatment programs encompass a wide range of services, including specialized care for psychological addiction. Our caring and compassionate team is dedicated to helping individuals overcome the grip of addiction and find lifelong recovery.  

Contact our team online or call 1.844.675.1022 today to learn how to understand what psychological addiction is and how that knowledge can be transformative on your journey to recovery. 

What Is Psychological Addiction? 

Psychological addiction, also known as emotional or behavioral addiction, refers to a compulsion or perceived need to use a substance due to emotional or mental dependencies. Unlike physical addiction, which revolves around the body’s physiological need for a substance, psychological addiction is tied to an individual’s mental and emotional state. 

This type of addiction can manifest in various ways, such as: 

  • An overwhelming desire to use a substance to cope with stress or negative emotions 
  • Reliance on a substance to feel normal or to function daily 
  • Persistent thoughts or cravings for a substance 
  • Continued use of a substance despite negative consequences 

Understanding these aspects of psychological addiction is crucial in seeking appropriate help and support. At My 5 Palms, our experienced team of professionals is dedicated to providing personalized care and evidence-based treatment for psychological addiction. 

What Is Substance Addiction? 

Symptoms of substance addiction can include: 

  • Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when reducing or stopping use 
  • Needing larger amounts of the substance to get the desired effect 
  • Spending a significant amount of time obtaining, using, or recovering from the substance 
  • Unable to cut down or control the use of the substance 

Substance addiction, often referred to as physical addiction, occurs when an individual becomes physically dependent on a specific substance. This dependency results from the body adapting to regular substance use, leading to increased tolerance and the need for higher doses to achieve the same effects. Physical addiction is typically diagnosed as a substance use disorder and may require medical detoxification to manage withdrawal symptoms safely.  

What to Know About Psychological vs. Physical Addiction 

While both psychological and substance addictions involve a strong desire to continue using a substance, there are distinct differences between the two: 

  • Origin of dependence – Psychological addiction stems from emotional or mental dependencies, while substance addiction is rooted in physical dependence. 
  • Withdrawal symptoms – Psychological addiction primarily causes mental and emotional withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety, depression, or cravings. In contrast, substance addiction can lead to physical withdrawal symptoms, like nausea, tremors, or seizures. 
  • Treatment approach – Treatment for psychological addiction often focuses on behavioral therapies and counseling to address the underlying emotional issues. Substance addiction treatment may involve medical detoxification and medication alongside therapy. 

At My 5 Palms, we understand the complexities of addiction and provide personalized treatment plans to address psychological and physical dependencies. Our compassionate team will guide you through evidence-based treatment options, including cognitive-behavioral and dialectical behavior therapy. We also offer lifelong recovery support through aftercare programs and active alumni groups. 

Enroll in Addiction Treatment at My 5 Palms 

My 5 Palms believes in the power of compassionate, evidence-based treatment. Understanding what psychological addiction is and how it differs from substance addiction is a critical step in your recovery journey. Our dedicated team is here to support you every step of the way, providing personalized care and a safe, nurturing environment for healing. 

Take the first step towards a brighter future today. Contact our team online or call 1.844.675.1022 now to learn more about our addiction treatment programs and how we can help you or your loved one on the path to recovery. Remember, at My 5 Palms, we are committed to your recovery and will be with you every step of the way. 

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