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Co-Occurring Mental Health and Substance Use Disorders

Mar 6, 2019 8:00:00 AM / by Ascension Recovery Services posted in Addiction Recovery, intervention


Is drug addiction considered a mental illness? Addiction disturbs the brain, which then challenges an individual's needs and desires replacing them with new priorities like procuring substances to use. 

The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition, lists criteria for SUDs, as well as distinguishes the differences of severity levels of substance misuse.

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