Addiction is defined as a chronic, relapsing disorder characterized by compulsive drug seeking, continued use despite harmful consequences, and long-lasting changes in the brain. It is considered both a complex brain disorder and a mental illness. Addiction is the most severe form of a full spectrum of substance use disorders, and is a medical illness caused by repeated misuse of a substance or substances. NIDA uses the term addiction to describe compulsive drug seeking despite negative consequences. However, addiction is not a specific diagnosis in the fifth edition of The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders DSM-5 —a diagnostic manual for clinicians that contains descriptions and symptoms of all mental disorders classified by the American Psychiatric Association APA.
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A recovering drug addict has lost her fight with depression after documenting her desperate battle to get clean - and posting messages of hope just weeks before taking her final breath. Courtney Crowe, 26, died on Wednesday following a struggle with mental health issues, three months after coming off drugs. While on her sixth day of rehab in November last year, the Brisbane woman revealed she was struggling to cope in a candid post about her journey towards sobriety. Courtney Crowe passed away on February 3 after struggle with mental health issues, and three months after coming off drugs. Ms Crowe celebrated one month clean from drugs on November 29, and vowed to continue to works towards bettering her mental health, addiction and trauma issues.
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Zamal Ali, 46, lived with hard drugs for 21 years but was able to kick the habit and has been clean of both crack cocaine and heron for two and a half years. A recovered drug addict who fought hard to get clean claims he is facing a relapse if he is put into a council home frequented by drug users. Zamal Ali, 46, lived with hard drugs for 21 years but was able to kick the habit and has been clean of both crack cocaine and heroin for two and a half years. But he claims that pressure is being put on him to take a room in a house where habitual drug users live and he fears it could spark a relapse, Gloucestershire Live reports.
Former drug addict's drastic makeover. A former drug addict has undergone a drastic makeover after being given a new set a teeth. As a result of her addiction, the year-old suffered damage to her teeth, including losing a few gnashers and sustaining rotting in others. She revealed how her new smile has given her a new lease on life.