Addiction is like any other chronic disease: it is manageable, but there is no cure. Research on the science of addiction has led to treatment methods that help people work successfully toward recovery. Relapse does not mean that treatment is not working; it is just a part of the process. In fact, studies show that relapse rates for addiction are similar to those for asthma and hypertension. When someone stops following their treatment plan, they are likely to relapse.
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