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Why Dropping out of Treatment Is so Prevalent and What We Can Do About It

A recent study researching drop-out rates of substance abuse treatment programs found that almost one-third of all participants drop-out and, therefore, do not complete their treatment. Researchers discovered this trend after analyzing an extensive amount of data from 151 different studies on SUD treatment facilities between the years of 1965 and 2016. Dropping out of…

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The Stages of Relapse

Relapse is incredibly common among those struggling with an addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. Educating those in recovery on relapse warning signs is a successful tool to prevent relapse. Recognizing thought and behavior patterns that lead to relapse and developing coping skills to deal with them is a common treatment goal among those in early…

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The Three Stages of Relapse

Addiction is a chronic condition and, as with other chronic conditions, relapse is always a possibility. The National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that between 40 and 60 percent of people will relapse within a year of completing treatment for substance use. [https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/treatment-recovery] Although everyone has different patterns of substance use and relapse, relapse often…

despairing man sits on stone steps after a relapse

What Should You Do After a Relapse?

Relapse is common in addiction recovery. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, between 40 and 60 percent of people relapse within a year of treatment. [https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugs-brains-behavior-science-addiction/treatment-recovery] The nature of addiction makes relapse common. It combines deeply ingrained habits, physical dependence, and neurological changes that all tend to keep you trapped in addictive behavior.…

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Is It Bad to Dream About Relapse?

Dreams about relapse are extremely common among people recovering from addiction. In a typical relapse dream, you might use drugs or alcohol again, suddenly feel overcome with remorse, disbelief, or panic, then wake up and feel relieved that it was only a dream. Despite the relief that it was only a dream, many people are…