Addiction is comprised of tolerance and/or psychological dependence to the substance in question. With tolerance a person must take more and more of that particular drug to get the same desired effects over time. Psychological dependence means that a person will take the drug in question no matter what the consequences. One or both of these must present to consider a possible addiction.
The term dependency is different meaning that the body has grown used to or adapted to the amount of the drug in question that is being taken. This can happen for a number of reasons. Either addiction or dependency can cause withdrawal if the drug in question is stopped abruptly. It is possible to become addicted to anything given the correct set of circumstances.
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