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Materials for Understanding Relapse

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, "Treatment of chronic diseases involves changing deeply rooted behaviors, and relapse doesn’t mean treatment has failed."

The article continues to state, " The chronic nature of addiction means that for some people relapse, or a return to drug use after an attempt to stop, can be part of the process, but newer treatments are designed to help with relapse prevention. Relapse rates for drug use are similar to rates for other chronic medical illnesses. If people stop following their medical treatment plan, they are likely to relapse."

TN Together has gathered resources to help individuals understand relapse and where to start next.

Learn how to build a relapse prevention plan.

Find resources and treatment options that work best for you.

Remember that relapse is not a failure.

Addiction is a treatable disorder.

**The Tennessee REDLINE (1-800-889-9789) is a toll-free information and referral line coordinated by TAADAS and funded by the Tennessee Department of Mental Health Substance Abuse Services.**