Relapse statistics?

by cavin

(foley alabama)

What are the relapse statistics for a person addicted to:



3.)pain killers including oxycotton

The gender and age group is a 39 year old female. she was extremely addicted to all three to the point of losing her family and going to prison..if the statistics are more general that is fine also.


Relapse statistics?

by: Lynette


Dear Cavin-Thanks for writing.

I looked on the internet for statistics but the literature was very complicated. From what I read the chance of relapsing on any substance which is being abused depends on MANY things. I did find this good quote.


From Alcoholics Anonymous literature:

Those who do not recover are people who cannot or will not completely give themselves to this simple program, usually men and women who are constitutionally incapable of being honest with themselves. There are such unfortunates.

They are not at fault; they seem to have been born that way. They are naturally incapable of grasping and developing a manner of living which demands rigorous honesty.

Their chances are less than average.There are those, too, who suffer from grave emotional and mental disorders, but many of them do recover if they have the capacity to be honest. Our stories disclose in a general way what we used to be like, what happened, and what we are like now.

If you have decided you want what we have and are willing to go to any length to get it – then you are ready to take certain steps.


I am a recovering alcoholic. I have not drank for 25 years. When I first started wanting to quit I had a good reason to – I wanted to be a good mother to my son. I would try to quit and then the next thing I new I was back to drinking.

So, I went to my medical doctor. He gave me some medication to help me sleep (which was one reason I was afraid to quit because I thought drinking helped me sleep). ALSO, he recommended that I go to Alcoholics Anonymous meetings and I also began to see a drug and alcohol counselor.

I truly believe that addiction is a disease and that you have to live with it for your whole life – there is no cure. I still get tempted to drink sometimes which I can hardly believe but it is true.

I have found different methods of not drinking which help me – one major one is if I’m going to a party, wedding, etc., I make sure I have my own transportation so that I can leave it I need to.

Also, I see a counselor, have a strong spiritual connection with God and Jesus and see my physician’s assistant.

I also recommend you go to Al Anon – for friends and families of alcoholics (they also talk about drug addiction). That way you can get some support for yourself.

Good luck and I’ll pray for you -Lynette

Treatment Not Relapse

by: Ned Wicker

Without treatment the overwhelming cravings associated with cocaine, or amphetamine or opiate withdrawal would make relapse a certainty.

Women may tend to be more willing to go into counseling, or may do better in avoiding relapse, depending on the study you read. Women are also more likely to have a better support network from friends and coworkers.

Depending on the drug and the individual, it is expected that as many as 90% are going to have some kind of a relapse, while 50% or so will return to drug use.

It sounds like the person you are describing has been down a long and difficult road. The addiction has progressed to the point where she is willing to throw away anything left in her life with meaning.

Even if they send her to prison, without treatment, she remains an addict who has not learned a new way of living and will likely relapse.

With treatment, her chances improve dramatically and some studies show that her likelihood of relapse may drop to 21%. I hope she gets help.

Relapse statistics?

by: Cavin


Hi Cavin-

I just wanted to add one thing to my comments. Many people relapse – perhaps most do from what I’ve heard. I’ve heard that it is an almost expected thing to happen (unfortunately).

But that doesn’t mean that the person will NEVER go into recovery. It takes some people quite a few tries before they get clean.

Sincerely, Lynette

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