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Updated on July 28, 2016

Is Relapse Considered Failure of Recovery Form Drug Use?

According to The National Institute on Drug Abuse in between 40%-60% of addicts relapse shortly after recovering from addiction. While researching and writing content for we've developed some very concerning questions regarding whether or not relapse means a failure of the recovery process. Many recovery experts state that relapsing is just another step on the journey to living a sober life. When compared to the relapse rates of disorders or illnesses deemed more traditional the relapse rate in addicts is actually lower than hypertension and asthma. This article will cover how relapse is a part of recovery and how to stop using drugs as a step by step guide for addicts to recover from drug use.

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Say No To Drug Use

Sounds easy to stay sober if you've never used drugs before right? Unfortunately for most addicts, it's just not that simple. When an addict has used drugs for a significant period of time their body and mind develop a series of very real dependency on the substance they've been using. According to the National Council On Alcoholism And Drug Dependance drug addiction is similar to other chronic relapsing diseases such as diabetes, asthma, or heart disease and can be successfully recovered from.

Say no to drugs & alcohol


How To Quit Using Drugs For Good


If you're addicted to a drug then sobriety can seem difficult to even begin. Living a fulfilling sober lifestyle is quite possible, though. Making this change in your life will be difficult and require a large commitment on your part. This effort is worth it, you'll never here a recovered drug user say they regretted their choice to get sober.

Relapse is not the end of your road to recovery, it is just a step on your road to recovery. We are only human and we learn from our mistakes. Do not listen to other addicts who will tell you you'll never quit, misery loves your company.

For a step by step guide on how to avoid relapse triggers check out this article: "How to avoid common drug relapse triggers" by Drug Free Lifestyle as well.


The First Step Is Committing To Making A Healthy Change

You need to make the decision to quit, I can't make you, the family can't, no one but you can make the decision to quit using drugs. Once you make it it's a good idea to get a support network together to help you stay motivated to change your life for the better. By changing the way you live your life in general you can get away from the triggers that will lead you to relapse if you don't change.

If you would like specific help on dealing with a certain drug addiction problem, check out our individual guides:

Weigh The Pros & Cons Of Your Addiction

Chart out how much you spend and all the negative effects your drug use has on your life. Is it worth it? Compare this list to the positive effects that quitting would have on your life and loved ones. More often than not if you put some effort into writing these out you will have your decision logically laid out for you. Now don't get me wrong, it's not that simple. This is a good first step to admitting that you want to change but you still have a long road to go.



Withdrawal symptoms will set in when you stop using your drug of choice. Our above-mentioned guides on different drugs break down individual ways to combat these symptoms as well. Basically, you need to stay healthy. Eat well, drink lots of water and get as much rest as possible is common with every drug. Individually you may need some prescription medication to combat the most serious effects of heroin use or severe meth abuse. Either way, stay the course if you have made the decision to quit you are on the right path to recovery.

Deal With Your Initial Stress & Triggers

There is a reason why you initially picked up drugs. Even after you are clean you will have to continue to make the same hard decision you made. Avoiding the temptation of relapse is a real battle for many addicts. Be honest with your friends and family members and this will go a long way to making your journey easier. They can't help you if they don't know what's going on. For more serious cases of drug addiction this short guide or even the longer ones listed above may not be enough. Seeking one on one counseling, checking into a professional rehab center, or joining an addiction support group such as Narcotics Anonymous could be what you need. There is no one solution to solve all addiction problems, each addict is different and needs their own treatment plan.

Treatment For Addiction

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse almost 24 million people older than 12 needed to receive treatment services for addiction in the year 2009. Out of these 24 million people, only around eleven percent or 2.6 million received it at a facility. Please share this article with anyone you know that has not found the right path to recovery yet.

For a full list of rehab centers, Sober Nation has a very comprehensive list of them at the link below.

Sober Nation List of Rehab Centers

Good Luck On Your Journey To A Drug Free Lifestyle

If we can help at all with your road to recovery please feel free to reach out to us at or contact us through our website. I wish you the best of luck on your road to recovery and hope you succeed. While you are lucky enough to have a second chance right now while reading this you may not have it forever. I got clean over four years ago when my brother and I were both using pretty hard in Ohio. Looking back my life is much better. I have a family, a home, and a great job. More importantly, I am happy with myself. Now I hadn't spoken to my brother in a while but he reached out to me about a week ago to let me know that he was going to prison for about 5-7 years. Possession and drug trafficking are the charges. Looking back, that would have been me if I hadn't have changed my life. If you need a good reason for a change, just ask yourself if you are truly happy with life. If not, it's probably time to make the commitment. Stay sober my friend's.


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