addiction awareness | simcoe county

what is addiction?

Another word for addiction is “dependence.” There are two kinds of substance dependence:
Psychological dependence occurs when a person feels he or she needs the drug to function or feel comfortable (e.g., needing to drink alcohol to feel relaxed in social situations, or needing to be high to enjoy sex). Some people come to feel they need a substance just to be able to cope with daily life.

Physical dependence occurs when a person’s body has adapted to the presence of a drug. Tolerance has developed, which means that the person needs to use more of the drug to get the same effect. When drug use stops, symptoms of withdrawal occur. People often think that psychological dependence is not as serious as physical dependence. This is not necessarily true. Cocaine, for example, does not cause physical dependence—but it is considered one of the easiest drugs to get hooked on and one of the hardest to give up.

the effects of
stigma.

Another word for addiction is “dependence.” There are two kinds of substance dependence:
Psychological dependence occurs when a person feels he or she needs the drug to function or feel comfortable (e.g., needing to drink alcohol to feel relaxed in social situations, or needing to be high to enjoy sex). Some people come to feel they need a substance just to be able to cope with daily life.

Physical dependence occurs when a person’s body has adapted to the presence of a drug. Tolerance has developed, which means that the person needs to use more of the drug to get the same effect. When drug use stops, symptoms of withdrawal occur. People often think that psychological dependence is not as serious as physical dependence. This is not necessarily true. Cocaine, for example, does not cause physical dependence—but it is considered one of the easiest drugs to get hooked on and one of the hardest to give up.

did you know?

  • Addiction affects men and women of all ages
  • Addiction rates are 2 to 3 times higher in men than women
  • Addiction rates are highest among people aged 15-24 (statistics Canada)

John’s story.

In 2012, when John moved to Ontario he reported “feeling broken”. For as long as he could remember John struggled with addiction and depression resulting in a life of homelessness.  Today John can say he has abstained from alcohol for 2 years and has been able to manage his depression.

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