1. Most people completing addiction
treatment are fragilely balanced between sustained recovery and
resumption of alcohol and drug use: more than half will consume alcohol
or other drugs in the year following discharge from treatment.
2. The window of greatest vulnerability for relapse after treatment is the first 30-90 days following discharge.
3. Between 25-35% of people who complete
addiction treatment will be readmitted to treatment within one year,
and 50% will be readmitted within five years.
4. Recovery is not fully stabilized (point
at which future risk of future lifetime relapse drops below 15%) until
four to five years of sustained recovery.
5. Sustained addiction can be lethal:
relapses following addiction treatment produce high death rates from
accidental poisoning/overdose, liver disease, cancer, cardiovascular
disease, AIDS, suicide and homicide.
Courtesy of: HBO: Addiction: Aftercare