Addiction is a chronic disease characterized by drug seeking and use that is compulsive, or difficult to control, despite harmful consequences. The initial decision to take drugs is voluntary for most people, but repeated drug use can lead to neurological changes that challenge an addicted person’s self-control and interfere with their ability to resist intense urges to take drugs. These neurological changes are persistent, which is why drug addiction is considered a “relapsing” disease—people in recovery from drug use disorders are at increased risk for returning to drug use even after years of not taking the drug.
It’s common for a person to relapse, but relapse doesn’t mean that treatment doesn’t work. As with other chronic health conditions, treatment should be ongoing and should be adjusted based on how the patient responds. Treatment plans need to be reviewed often and modified to fit the patient’s changing needs. At Warner Park Recovery Center we are dedicated to meeting client’s evolving needs, and adjusting our approach to face the varied realities presented by substance abuse and chemical dependency.