Even when you commit to getting sober, relapse is a very real possibility. According to an Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) survey, 75% of people relapse during their first year of recovery. Half of cocaine addicts will relapse within a year of completing detox. In general, 40-60% of drug users will relapse at some point during recovery.
Women are particularly susceptible to relapse. A 2013 study showed that 71.9% of women relapsed within two months after completing a three-month treatment program, compared to 54.5% of men.
Even though these statistics can seem daunting, understanding them is important. Recovery is a process of learning a new way to live and relapse can be a part of it. However, there are ways to deal with the anger, depression, and negativity that come after relapse, as well as steps that you can take to reduce the risk of relapse in the future.
This is a quote from a piece I wrote for the Orlando Recovery Center, about how to help yourself after relapse. It's also a great tool for anyone who knows an addict in recovery.
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