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. Still, these conditions are very different, and the treatment a person receives can mean the difference between life and death. What Is Opioid Dependence? Opioid dependence is not the same as addiction. Physical dependence can occur as the brain, and…