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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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Q: Is drug addiction considered a mental illness?
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