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Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care

Drug addiction resembles other chronic diseases in more ways than relapse rates.

Addiction is similar to other chronic illnesses because it has both biological and behavioral components, recovery is often a long term process, relapses can occur, and support programs can help in sustaining long term recovery

These include both biological and behavioral components that need to be addressed during treatment, an expectation of long-term recovery requiring repeated episodes of treatment and the added value of support programs in sustaining it.

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