Pills spilling out of a prescription bottle. Prescription opioid dependence and addition can require medical detox.

Opioid Addiction vs. Opioid Dependence: Key Differences in Symptoms and Treatment You Need to Know

People frequently — and mistakenly — use the terms “opioid dependence” and “opioid addiction” interchangeably, but these conditions are very different, and how they are treated can mean the difference between life and death. Opioid dependence is a condition in which a person is physically dependent on a substance to prevent withdrawal; however, it can…