While studies seem to be inconclusive about the role things like gender, race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status plays in relapse – certain drugs make people more vulnerable to relapse than others. People addicted to opiates experience the highest rate with one study finding as many as 91% of those in recovery from an opiate addiction experience a relapse. The study also found that at least 59% of those who experienced an opiate relapse would do so within the first week of sobriety.
Subsequently, according to The Butler Center for Research at Hazelton Betty Ford Foundation, 68% of people who were able to successfully complete a substance abuse treatment program for alcohol or marijuana maintained their sobriety. The reason for this has to do with the degree of intensity that certain substances like heroin have on the brain. Tommy Streeter, a community outreach coordinator for Allendale Treatment and Fort Wayne Recovery says that getting the drugs out of his body was half the battle. “The physical withdrawal I was experiencing was so intense that I would spend the rest of the day finding a way to score more heroin,” says Streeter. “So, getting out of that environment and going to a treatment center was the only way I was able to get sober.”