Relapse is the worsening of a condition that had previously improved. In the case of addiction, it is typically defined as when someone who had been abstinent from drugs or alcohol starts using them again.
However, this depends on what the person’s original goal was. For instance, according to verywellmind, an online resource written and reviewed by physicians and mental health experts, “For people trying to control their behavior rather than trying to quit entirely, a relapse happens when the individual had gotten control over the behavior but is re-experiencing a period of uncontrolled behavior.”
Relapse is often considered part of recovery. 40-60% of people who have been treated for addiction relapse within the first year. However, the chances of relapse decrease over time. After five years sober, there’s only a 15% likelihood of relapsing.
Many addiction treatment centers offer aftercare and relapse prevention plans, which focus on setting people up for success when they return to everyday life. These plans help people minimize triggers in their life and set them up with positive support.
If you are struggling with a substance use or mental health disorder, there is help and hope. TruHealing Centers offers high-quality treatment for mental health disorders and addiction in facilities across the country. Our staff—many of whom are in recovery themselves—will work with you to create a relapse prevention plan so that you can build long-term recovery. To learn more, call an admissions specialist at 410-593-0005.