Addiction is a lifelong struggle and teenagers, who faced a substance addiction early in life, have a long road ahead of them to fight for sobriety. After completing drug or alcohol treatment, teens are still at risk for relapsing for many years afterward. In fact, 40% to 60% of people relapse after treatment, including teens.
“Relapse is a part of recovery”- it’s a dangerous statement to make. Many people assume that relapsing is a natural part of the recovery journey, that you don’t really get sober until you’ve been knocked down a time or two. Worse, people assume that long term recovery is really just intermittent recovery. Anyone who might