Addiction is a brutal disease, and one that many people never defeat. If you’ve admitted that you had a problem, and sought the treatment to get through it, you’re to be commended. Unfortunately, whether you went to rehab, sought therapy, or managed to recover on your own, your work past addiction isn’t the final finish line.
Relapse is a serious threat. Among addicts and alcoholics, only one-third of people who are abstinent for less than a year will remain abstinent over the coming decades. For addicts who make it to a full year of sobriety, less than half will eventually relapse, and for addicts who remain sober for 5 years, your chance of relapse is a mere 15 percent.