Treatment for addiction is often the first step to recovery. Addiction is a chronic brain disease, so maintaining sobriety is a lifelong process. During treatment, patients will typically create an aftercare plan with their treatment providers, but they may still experience setbacks and challenges. 

According to data from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, nearly 20 million Americans needed drug or alcohol abuse treatment, but only 4 million people received rehab care. Because recovery is a lifelong process, some people may experience setbacks. 

Unfortunately, the drug addiction relapse rate is estimated to be between 40 and 60 percent, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. Long-term studies have shown that almost 90 percent of people who had an aftercare plan and were sober for two years or more did not experience a setback after ten years of leaving rehab. It’s critical for people to establish and follow an aftercare plan once rehab ends and build strong support networks.

Addiction Recovery FAQs

Finding the answers to addiction recovery frequently asked questions can make a difference in someone’s long-term sobriety. Read these commonly asked questions to get the answers you need.