in the DSM-IV-TR, a group of cognitive, behavioral, and physiological indicators signaling that ongoing utilization of opioids in spite of substantial opioid-related troubles. There is a trend of recurrent opioid ingestion producing an intolerance, typical withdrawal signs if utilization is stopped, and an unmanageable urge to keep using. Commonly referred to as narcotic reliance.

OPIOID DEPENDENCE: "Opioid dependence is similar to, but not exactly the same as opioid abuse."
Cite this page: N., Pam M.S., "OPIOID DEPENDENCE," in PsychologyDictionary.org, April 7, 2013, https://psychologydictionary.org/opioid-dependence/ (accessed July 11, 2020).