Recognizing and Reversing Relapse
The Carlat Addiction Treatment Report, Volume 5, Number 3, May 2017
Michael Weaver, MD
Medical director, Center for Neurobehavioral Research on Addiction
Dr. Weaver has disclosed that he has no relevant financial or other interests in any commercial companies pertaining to this educational activity.
Addiction treatment often begins with high hopes and apparent success, but it’s important to remember that addiction is a disease with a relapse rate of 40%–60%. Be realistic: Expect that patients will go through cycles of relapse and recovery. Learn the warning signs for relapse, the measures you can take to prevent it, and what to do after it has occurred.