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Facts About Recovery & Relapse
According to the National Institutes of Health, recent scientific advances have revolutionized our understanding of addiction as a chronic, relapsing disease and not a moral failure. In fact, relapse rates for drug addiction are similar to those of other well-characterized chrinic illnesses, i.e. diabetes 1, hypertension and asthma. Therefore, addiction should be treated as such, necessitating long-term treatment to support recovery.
Additionally, substance abuse is one of the leading causes for homelessness and incarceration. Equally alarming is the finding that the relapse rate is 40% to 60%. While relapse is predictable, there are programs that can reduce the probability.
Some Facts to Consider:
SAMM Ministries lists the following causes for homelessness:
· Substance abuse and the lack of needed services
· Lack of affordable housing
· Mental illness and the lack of needed services
· Domestic violence
The Vera Institute of Justice conducted a survey of jail inmates in Los Angeles, CA regarding the hurdles inmates faced upon release. The five most common reentry priorities necessary to reintegrate into society from jail, as self-reported by inmates are:
· Employment (73%)
· Housing (34%)
· Substance use (33%)
· Relationships (26%)
· Staying out of trouble (23%)
In other words, a lot of things have to be in place to avoid relapse. In a report to the Robert Woods Johnson Foundation, researchers also found:
Addiction is rooted in a physical, mental and spiritual imbalance.
There is a necessity for a substance-abuse treatment model that gives credence to the mind-body-spirit connection.