depressed man pondering the three stages of relapse

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. [] Although everyone has different patterns of substance use and relapse, relapse often…

young man asks counselor what he should do 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. [] 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.…