Addiction recovery is an ongoing process that doesn’t end when drug or alcohol rehab is completed. Substance cravings can still occur years into a person’s sobriety, so it’s not uncommon for addicts in recovery to relapse. However, while relapse is a common occurrence for many in the early stages of recovery, it doesn’t have to mean the end of sobriety. For this reason, Clearbrook Treatment Centers offers a stabilization program at our Massachusetts and Pennsylvania rehabs, both of which provide patients with the support and guidance they need to get back on their feet after relapse.

How Many Addicts Relapse After Rehab?

Although relapse rates after completing rehab can vary depending on several factors, studies show that approximately 40 to 60% of individuals in addiction recovery relapse at some point.1 The factors that impact the likelihood of relapse include the type of substance use disorder, the quality and duration of treatment, individual circumstances, and the availability of ongoing support.

It’s important to understand that addiction is a chronic condition, and relapse is a common part of the recovery process for many individuals. However, relapse rates are typically reported as follows:

  • Early relapse: The risk of relapse following drug treatment is highest in the first few months after leaving rehab. This is often referred to as the “high-risk” period.
  • Duration of sobriety: The longer an individual maintains sobriety, the less likely they are to relapse. Those who can stay sober for a year or longer are generally less likely to return to substance use.
  • Quality of treatment: The effectiveness of addiction treatment programs can vary, but high-quality, evidence-based treatment programs that address the specific needs of the individual tend to result in lower relapse rates.
  • Support and aftercare: Having a strong support system and engaging in aftercare programs, 12-step meetings, or other forms of ongoing support can significantly reduce the risk of relapse by addressing common relapse triggers and how to cope with them.
  • Co-occurring disorders: Individuals with co-occurring mental health disorders, such as depression or anxiety, may be at higher risk for relapse if both conditions are not effectively treated.

Relapse is preventable, but if it does occur, it does not equate to failure. Addiction is a complex disease that can manifest itself in various ways, so rather than considering relapse as a failure, it should be seen as an opportunity for learning and growth. The key to preventing or reducing the risk of relapse is a combination of effective treatment, ongoing support, and a commitment to the recovery process.

Our Clinical Stabilization Services for Addiction

An addiction stabilization center, also known as an addiction stabilization unit (ASU), is a medical facility designed to provide immediate care and support for individuals who are experiencing acute substance abuse issues or withdrawal symptoms. The primary purpose of drug relapse treatment is to ensure the safety and well-being of individuals who are in crisis due to addiction.

Our Northeast rehab locations offer addiction relapse treatment in Massachusetts and Pennsylvania to support individuals who have experienced relapse or feel close to relapsing to get back or stay on track. Below are the various services of our stabilization program:

  • Medical assessment: Upon admission, individuals are medically assessed to determine the severity of their withdrawal symptoms and overall health and create an appropriate treatment plan.
  • Withdrawal management: Our stabilization program also provides medical supervision and medical detox to manage and alleviate withdrawal symptoms associated with various substances.
  • Medication-assisted treatment: Our addiction stabilization centers may use medications, like methadone or buprenorphine, to help manage withdrawal symptoms and cravings in a controlled manner.
  • Psychosocial support: Clients in our stabilization program receive counseling and support services to address the psychological and emotional aspects of addiction, including individual and group therapy sessions.
  • 24/7 monitoring: Our centers for rehab services typically operate around the clock to ensure continuous monitoring and care for patients during the critical early stages of stabilization.
  • Safety and security: Security measures are in place to prevent unauthorized access to substances and to ensure the safety of patients and staff.
  • Referral to continued treatment: After stabilization, clients are typically referred to longer-term addiction treatment programs, such as inpatient or outpatient rehab, to address any additional issues associated with addiction.

Our addiction stabilization centers play a crucial role in harm reduction and the early intervention of substance use disorders for our clients. They provide a controlled and safe environment for individuals in crisis, reducing the risk of complications related to withdrawal and facilitating the path to long-term recovery.

Although relapse is part of recovery for many individuals, it doesn’t have to mean the end of sobriety. If you or someone you care about is showing signs of relapse or requires stabilization services for addiction, contact Clearbrook Treatment Centers to schedule a one-on-one consultation.


  1. National Institute on Drug Abuse – Treatment and Recovery