The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) states that relapse rates for drug use are similar to rates for other chronic medical illnesses. If people stop following their medical treatment plan, they are likely to relapse. But with each repeated attempt, individuals begin to lose hope that it will work for them.
“Relapse is a common occurrence in addiction recovery, and it’s important for individuals – and their families – not to give up hope if it does happen,” said Scott Weisenberger, LPC, Vice President of Clinical Services for Recovery Centers of America. “Understanding that doesn’t mean that we encourage relapse but that we can learn the skills to move on from it and try again.”
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