Addiction starts with SUD, substance use disorder, which is a chronic brain condition causing relapse.
Addiction is not a choice, people do not choose to relapse, it is shown in research that addiction is clearly a chronic condition with similar relapse rates of any other disease.
According to the Journal of the American Medical Association, relapse rates for addiction are actually lower than that of hypertension and asthma by about 10%.
The data suggests that outpatient addiction treatment clinics result in increased employment rates, improved perceptions of physical and mental health, decreased severity of drug use, and better overall health. This is exactly what treatment success looks like.
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