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Are drug-alcohol addictions a diagnosed mental illness? Is it a way of life that may involve disorders?

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Dr. Adam Front
Clinical Psychology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Addiction+ diagnosis

Addiction to substances of all kinds are listed in a section of the diagnostic & statistical manual (dsm).
However, addictions to alcohol and other drugs are actually a metabolic disorder wherein the brain does not process alcohol or other mood altering substances in a normal way.

In brief: Addiction+ diagnosis

Addiction to substances of all kinds are listed in a section of the diagnostic & statistical manual (dsm).
However, addictions to alcohol and other drugs are actually a metabolic disorder wherein the brain does not process alcohol or other mood altering substances in a normal way.
Dr. Adam Front
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Dr. Lynne Weixel
Clinical Psychology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Both and more

Your question can take a book to answer, but simply: yes, even in the newest dsm, it is a diagnosis.
Also, as you note - it is a way of life that (at the extreme of addiction) certainly involves disorders. Last i heard, 12-step programs were still the most successful way to deal with addictions of all types. Good luck!

In brief: Both and more

Your question can take a book to answer, but simply: yes, even in the newest dsm, it is a diagnosis.
Also, as you note - it is a way of life that (at the extreme of addiction) certainly involves disorders. Last i heard, 12-step programs were still the most successful way to deal with addictions of all types. Good luck!
Dr. Lynne Weixel
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