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What Are My Chances of Successful Recovery?

Successfully overcoming drug and alcohol addiction is an ongoing process. Relapse rates for addiction mirror the recurrence of symptoms in other chronic diseases, such as diabetes and hypertension—about 40 to 60 percent. Addiction is incurable, but with continuous treatment and management, it is possible to live a happy, joyous, and free life without drugs and alcohol.

Addiction requires ongoing maintenance to be successfully treated. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, “Like other chronic diseases, addiction can be managed successfully. Treatment enables people to counteract addiction’s powerful disruptive effects on the brain and behavior and to regain control of their lives. The chronic nature of the disease means that relapsing to drug abuse is not only possible but also likely, with symptom recurrence rates similar to those for other well-characterized chronic medical illnesses—such as diabetes, hypertension, and asthma.” Changing the deeply embedded behaviors caused by addiction takes time, and requires not only treatment, but also adherence to a recovery program after treatment has ended.

The success of treatment depends on the individual. The National Institute on Drug Abuse explains, “However, individual treatment outcomes depend on the extent and nature of the patient’s problems, the appropriateness of treatment and related services used to address those problems, and the quality of interaction between the patient and his or her treatment providers.” There are, however, things that we can do to make ourselves more likely to remain sober. According to Lee Ann Katsukas in a 2009 Journal of Addictive Diseases Article entitled Alcoholics Anonymous Effectiveness: Faith Meets Science, “About 20%–25% of those who did not attend AA or another 12-step group (or receive any other form of aftercare after the inpatient stay) were abstinent from alcohol and drugs at 1 year, and from alcohol at 18 months (combined alcohol and drug abstinence were not reported at 18 months). The rates of abstinence were about twice as high among those who had attended AA or another 12-step group (but no other form of aftercare).” Joining a recovery group, Alcoholics Anonymous or another 12-Step program, is linked with greater rates of successful recovery. The best way to increase our chances of maintaining sobriety is to engage in treatment that includes behavioral health therapies, and to continue with a recovery program after treatment has ended.

No matter how far down the scale you have gone, recovery is possible. You can make the decision to seek help today and begin building a brighter future in sobriety. Resilient House, located in beautiful Shreveport, Louisiana, is staffed with caring and compassionate professionals who understand the disease of addiction from every angle, and are determined to help you achieve and maintain lasting sobriety. For information about treatment options, please call today: (833) 242-6431