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Yes, because drug addiction changes the brain in fundamental ways.

Drug Addiction is defined by the DSM4 manual (any condition, if it does exist, is in this manual) as a "brain disorder". Therefore, drug addiction is an illness and it is very real and treatable.

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Yes, drug addiction is considered a mental illness. It is classified as a substance use disorder in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) and involves changes in the brain that can lead to compulsive drug seeking and use despite harmful consequences. Treatment often involves a combination of behavioral therapy and medication.

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