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Relationships and Recovery: How to Find the Right Support

It was found thanks to a recent study published in the journal called “Addiction” that patients who actually went on to receive further treatment within 30 days of completing detox were in fact up to 10 times less likely to relapse while those who were just completing detox alone with no rehab after it actually relapsed at rates between 65 and 80 percent!  What this means is that detox, when it is combined with actual rehab, is exponentially more effective than just detox alone and by itself.  Furthermore, detox combined with rehab combined with aftercare is far more effective than just detox alone or just detox and rehab.  The way all of this breaks down is that, if all three essential, necessary, crucial components are applied to the addict, he or she will have about an impressive sixty percent chance of maintaining a lifetime of recovery and sobriety without relapsing after treatment is completed.  However, if only detox and rehab are applied, he or she is looking at a forty to fifty percent chance of success in the long run.  If only detox is applied, it’s more like a five percent success rate if that.  The problem here is, most addicts only want to do detox and then get on with their lives and go on to do something else, even though that means that there is a ninety-five percent chance that they will relapse in the long run!

What that data tells us is that more treatment and more care equals a better chance that a person will be able to create and in fact maintain a lifetime of sobriety.  So wouldn’t that person also have a better chance of achieving full recovery with no relapse if a recovering addict also made the efforts necessary to put themselves around people who were more conducive to their sobriety?

Why Recovering Addicts Need Good People in Their Lives

Drug and alcohol rehabilitation statistics show to us that the overall percentage of people who will relapse after a period of recovery ranges anywhere from 50% to 90% depending on which rehab program they go to and what steps they take after rehab is completed.  Studies now show that drug and alcohol addiction is a very powerful urge and pull even after rehab is completed, but the people that a recovering addict associates with after treatment is completed will make all the difference in the world. The statistic might be frightening, and it is often used as justification for those who wish to carry on with their addiction yes, though the truth of the matter is that the recovering addict is 100% in control of his or her own future at all times.  Putting oneself around better and more capable people will certainly make big changes for a recovering addict in the long run, and one should focus on doing this.

Let’s take a look at one drug addiction in particular.  Heroin addicts can relapse between eight and ten times before being able to actually maintain their sobriety and abstinence from the drug.  That is if they survive all of those relapses and don’t die from an overdose, which is also very common.  So with that in mind, one knows that heroin is one of the most relapse-prone addictions out there, to say the least!  Just to clarify, relapse is currently defined as the return to abusing a substance regularly and sometimes uncontrollably too even. This differs from a lapse of course, which is considered a one-time slide into substance abuse and doesn’t occur more than once.  A slip-up, and then a resuming of sobriety and effective recovery, that’s what a lapse is.

No, a relapse is far more severe than that, as it means more than one use of the drug after a period of sobriety.  Terrible things like relapses, overdoses, deaths, accidents, injuries, crimes, convictions, violence, theft, all of it can be prevented if a recovering addict simply seeks out good people to be around after rehab is completed, as opposed to hanging out with the “same crowd” he or she was hanging out with before.

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