The Difference Between Use & Dependence


Substance use disorders are common mental health disorders. Certain substances carry more of a stigma than others. If a person is using illicit substances, a dependency problem is usually easier to spot. When substances that are used socially (such as alcohol) are in question, it can be more difficult to determine if the use is recreational and managed, or if there may be a dependency issue. Knowing the difference between use and dependence and the signs of each can help you [...]