Relapse Prevention – Haven House

Addiction, also known as substance use disorder, is listed in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5) as a chronic, relapsing brain disorder. The Mayo Clinic defines substance use disorder as a “disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication.” An individual that struggles with addiction will prioritize satisfying his or her drug cravings above all else, without regard for consequence. The process of recovering from substance abuse and/ or addiction is not entirely linear and will be somewhat unique to each individual. Though the details that make up each step of one’s recovery will differ from person to person, the treatment process for substance abuse and/ or addiction is usually comprised of detox, some type of formalized substance abuse and/ or addiction treatment, and aftercare.

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