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Extended abstinence is predictive of sustained recovery.

DAT recovery with prolonged abstinence from methamphetamine

The odds of remaining abstinent rise if patients have been abstinent for 1 to 3 years. After 3 years, the recovery odds remain high and stable. Therefore, as with other chronic diseases, addiction requires an ongoing and active disease management strategy.

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National Institute on Drug Abuse (July 1 2008). Extended abstinence is predictive of sustained recovery.. In Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care. Retrieved from http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/addiction-science/relapse/extended-abstinence-predictive-sustained-recovery

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