A relapse, or return to drug use after trying to stop, is a normal, common part of trying to overcome addiction. Relapse rates for substance use disorders are slightly lower than those for other chronic medical conditions, such as asthma and high blood pressure. For instance, the relapse rate for asthma is between 50 and 70%, while the relapse rate for substance use disorders is between 40 and 60%.
Some people think that relapsing back to drug and alcohol use means that drug rehab has failed. However, relapsing only means you must continue working with your doctor to find other addiction treatments that are better for you. In some cases, this involves going back to drug or alcohol rehab to achieve sobriety and prolonging recovery the next time around.