Drug or alcohol addiction is a chronic but treatable disorder. Various forms of recovery can help people stop substance abuse and resume living healthy and productive lives, also known as being in recovery. However, when people do not follow their recovery program they are at increased risk for a relapse.
Unfortunately, relapse is common. Studies have shown that more than 85% of people with addictions who stop using a drug begin using it again within a year. A return to drug or alcohol use after a period of abstinence can be very dangerous. The good news is that there are things that can be done to lessen the likelihood of suffering a relapse.
Tuesday we talk about Relapse Prevention.
- Have you ever relapsed?
- Have you ever tried to stop drinking and were unable to stop?
- What was your experience?
- What was different about this time trying to stop?