Relapse means that a person has returned to drinking or using drugs
after having successfully quit. Most people who stop drinking or using drugs
because of abuse or dependence have at least one relapse.
Relapses are most likely to happen in the first few months after
drinking or drug use has stopped. A person may have several relapses regardless
of whether he or she has received professional treatment. But as time goes on,
relapses usually occur less often and do not last as long. Having a relapse is
not a reason to give up on treatment for alcohol or drug abuse and
E. Gregory Thompson, MD - Internal Medicine & Adam Husney, MD - Family Medicine & Peter Monti, PhD - Alcohol and Addiction
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