There has been a lot of debate about the nature of addiction.
Is it simply a lack of willpower to overcome your own inclinations and desires to use again that’s responsible? Is it some kind of moral failing that prevents you from shunning these addictive substances forever?
Or, as modern research has come to show, is addiction a disease instead – one that is both physical and mental and should be treated like any other malady?
We are in the middle of one of the worst health crises our country has ever seen. And it’s all because of opioids.These highly addictive and exceptionally potent substances have seen a dramatic and sudden upsurge in use over the past few decades. They have killed more people through overdoses than car crashes or guns and annually leave more users dead than the total number U.S. military deaths during the Vietnam War.
Never before have there been so many U.S. citizens addicted to drugs than there are today. In fact, the problem has gotten so out of hand that overdose has actually become the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50.
If someone you care about was once addicted to drugs or alcohol, you may be concerned about relapse, and often wonder what will happen if he or she suffers a relapse after rehab. You may find yourself having difficulty understanding why people relapse on drugs or alcohol after finally getting sober. After all the time and effort spent to recover why do people relapse?