Chronic Relapse

Completing an addiction recovery treatment program is a major accomplishment worthy of pride. However, it is not the end of the journey to complete healing from addiction. The healing process will continue for months and years, and for many people, relapse will happen at least once. Some people, though, struggle with relapse after relapse, or chronic relapse. For those fighting chronic relapse, there is help available.

Common Causes of Relapse

Each person’s recovery journey is different, and yet there are consistent factors that can lead to repeated relapse situations. These factors include:

  • Leaving residential treatment prematurely
  • Poor quality of care during initial rehabilitation
  • Lack of aftercare or outpatient options
  • No knowledge of relapse prevention tools
  • No support system post-treatment

Chronic relapse is a common problem for many struggling addicts and alcoholics. Stopping the use of drugs or alcohol is only the first step in in a long recovery process. Relapse is often a result of one or many factors not properly addressed during and after the initial phase of treatment.

Chronic Relapse by the Numbers

Relapse is very common when healing from addiction.

  • On average, 40-60% of people relapse after some type of addiction treatment.1
  • Over 80% of people addicted to alcohol will stay sober for a full year.2

Although the numbers may seem grim, there is hope.

The good news is that because relapse is so common, there is a vast community of people who understand the struggle and stand together to support each other in the ongoing fight.

In every category of addiction, the longer someone initially stays sober or clean, the lower likelihood that they will relapse back into addiction.

Does My Relapse Mean Addiction Treatment Doesn’t Work for Me?

No. Drug and alcohol addiction can take a tremendous toll on the mind and body. Many people who suffer with drug addiction, alcohol dependency and mental illness face an uphill battle to recover. Individuals who experience chronic relapse after attempting multiple treatment programs often feel a sense of failure. At The Oaks at La Paloma, we specialize in treating those who struggle with chronic relapse, and our comprehensive program teaches how to effectively manage recovery for the long haul.

Specialized Treatment for Chronic Relapse

If you or a loved one have relapsed after treatment, La Paloma can help you find long-lasting recovery. We want to help you stop the cycle of relapse today. Please contact us to learn about our specialized treatment for those who have experienced unsuccessful attempts of addiction treatment.

What Makes La Paloma Different?

Not all treatment programs have the same quality of care. Choosing the right program is the first and most important step in building a solid foundation for recovery. Our unique integrated treatment program provides cutting-edge therapies, specialized treatment for co-occurring disorders and an attentive quality of care that continues long after you or your loved one complete residential treatment. Because the rate of relapse decreases significantly with a longer initial period of sobriety, it is important to choose a program that provides you with the best tools to stay clean following your treatment program.

How We Treat Chronic Relapse

Our team will help you identify the situations that trigger relapse and help you build the necessary tools to ensure long term recovery and independence. Staying connected is one of the most important steps in any recovery process. The relationships made during treatment will help you or your loved one stay connected to treatment professionals and the recovery community after residential treatment. Some aftercare programs include the following:

Please call us today at our 24-hour, toll-free helpline to learn more about how we can help you or your loved one overcome multiple relapses and find a healthy and sober life. Our caring admissions coordinators can answer all your questions and even talk through insurance benefits with you. We want to help you find your best life today. Please call now.


1Treatment and Recovery.” National Institute on Drug Addiction. July 2014. Accessed 11 November 2017.

2 Thompson, Warren, “Alcoholism Follow-up.” Medscape.com. 12 September 2017. Accessed 11 November 2017.