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How Common is Relapse After Rehab?

When someone completes a recovery program, many people believe their journey is complete. However, successful management of their newfound recovery is a lifelong journey. Addiction affects the brain by introducing it to chemicals that it will continue to crave; this is why a surprising number of people relapse.

Is Relapse Expected?

Between 40% and 60% of addicts will inevitably relapse. This figure, however, does not represent every person who has completed treatment. It is important to understand the high probability of relapse and learn the proper tools to maintain sobriety.

Even though there is a possibility of relapse and slipping into old habits, this doesn’t mean that everyone in recovery should expect to relapse. Instead, they should maintain their recovery program to guard against a relapse.

Relapse Does Not Have to be a Part of Recovery

Relapses do happen. In treatment, as well as in 12-Step Programs, people learn new, healthy behavior patterns and ways to cope from their previous, dysfunctional choices, so as to protect themselves from relapse.

People in recovery should be especially mindful to avoid potential triggers they associate with their addiction.

When an addict relapses, seeking professional assistance is vital in continuing their recovery. Turning Point of Tampa’s goal is to always provide a safe environment and a solid foundation in 12-Step recovery, in tandem with quality individual therapy and groups. We have been offering Licensed Residential Treatment in Tampa since 1987. If you need help or know someone who does, please contact our admissions department at 813-882-3003, 800-397-3006 or