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Addiction Science: From Molecules to Managed Care

Relapse rates for drug addiction are similar to those of other well-characterized chronic illnesses.

Relapse rates are similar for drug addiction & other chronic illnesses

This image compares relapse rates for drug-addicted patients with those suffering from diabetes, hypertension, and asthma. Relapse is common and similar across these illnesses (as is adherence to medication). Thus, drug addiction should be treated like any other chronic illness, with relapse serving as a trigger for renewed intervention.

This page was last updated July 2008