I found a lot of this to be true in my own experience and thought some of you might be interested or want to share your own thoughts.
This is an abbreviated partial list of stats on Caron's website... to view the entire page visit Current Statistics | Caron Drug & Alcohol Treatment Centers
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Facts on Relapse and Recovery
◦ Relapse rates for addictive diseases usually are in the range of 50% to 90%; however, these rates vary by definition of relapse, severity of addiction, which drug of addiction, length of treatment, and elapsed time from treatment discharge to assessment, as well as other factors.
Alcoholism is a chronic relapsing disorder.
◦ Studies show that women in treatment relapse less frequently than men, partly because women are more likely to engage in group counseling.8
◦ Gender differences in relapse factors suggest that different relapse prevention strategies should be used between men and women.9
◦ Relapse rates from addiction (40 to 60%) can be compared to those suffering from other chronic illnesses such as Type I diabetes (30 - 50%), Hypertension (50-70%) and asthma (50 to 70%). 11
◦ In recovery from addiction, it is important to change one's lifestyle to include maintaining abstinence; involving oneself in healthy relationships; getting good nutrition, rest and exercise; and working to resolve one's personal problems. 12 This can be maintained by ongoing counseling sessions and 12-Step recovery programs.
◦ In a study of over 1,800 alcohol-dependent men and women (Schuckit, M.A. et al), abstainers were more likely than those who relapsed to have received treatment and to have attended Alcoholics, Narcotics, or Cocaine Anonymous meetings.13
◦ A major outcomes study with 10,000 patients in both in-patient and outpatient treatment (Hoffman & Miller) found that 90% of patients attending AA meetings at least weekly and participating in aftercare for one year were able to abstain from the use of any alcohol at all during that year.14
◦ Addiction need not be a life sentence. Like other chronic diseases, it can be managed successfully. Treatment enables people to counteract addiction's powerful effects on the brain and behavior and regain control of their lives.15
In addition to the recent statistics listed throughout this page, you may find that the following websites contain current statistics regarding addiction and mental health:
◦Home | National Institute on Drug Abuse
◦The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration - Homepage
◦Welcome to the MTF Website