Dr. Todd Carran is based at
based just outside of Cincinnati, Ohio, which is a full service residential
drug & alcohol treatment center.
Like most of the chronic diseases that we know of in medicine, addiction could be
considered a chronic and remitting, relapsing disease. In other words, it’s normal
for the disease process to re-activate over time. It can even re-activate after it
has gone temporarily into remission. Unfortunately, with addiction, relapses can
result in death. And it only takes one relapse to result in death. So, the goal has
always been to decrease the relapse rates for this disease. If we look at
traditional outcomes for treating people with the disease of addiction relapse is
clearly the norm, it is not the exception by any means. In fact, although we don’t
have good numbers for any of this, probably around 85-86% of people relapse after
they get into formal treatment for the disease of addiction.