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What should you expect in recovery from alcohol use disorder?

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Recovery can take a long time, so you may need ongoing treatment. And some people in recovery do relapse and drink again. But less than half of people who’ve stayed sober at least a year relapse.

If you do, don’t think you’ve failed. It’s often a stage in the process, and recovery gets easier. After 5 years, only 1 out of 7 people have issues with drinking. Treatment can work -- just give yourself time.

SOURCES:


National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide.”

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM–IV and DSM–5,” “Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help,” “Alcohol Use Disorder.”

National Institutes of Health : “Biology of Addiction.” NIH News in Health

Alcohol Rehab Guide: “Treating Alcoholism.”

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol Use Disorder,” “Support Groups: Make Connections, Get Help.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Alcohol use -- when is drinking a problem? (Beyond the Basics).”

Harvard Health Publications: “Alcohol Withdrawal.”

Recovery.org: “Aftercare Programs for People in Addiction Recovery.”

American Psychological Association: “Psychotherapy: Understanding Group Therapy.”

Medscape: “Alcoholism Treatment & Management.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 05, 2017

SOURCES:


National Institute on Drug Abuse: “Principles of Adolescent Substance Use Disorder Treatment: A Research-Based Guide.”

National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism: “Alcohol Use Disorder: A Comparison Between DSM–IV and DSM–5,” “Treatment for Alcohol Problems: Finding and Getting Help,” “Alcohol Use Disorder.”

National Institutes of Health : “Biology of Addiction.” NIH News in Health

Alcohol Rehab Guide: “Treating Alcoholism.”

Mayo Clinic: “Alcohol Use Disorder,” “Support Groups: Make Connections, Get Help.”

UpToDate: “Patient education: Alcohol use -- when is drinking a problem? (Beyond the Basics).”

Harvard Health Publications: “Alcohol Withdrawal.”

Recovery.org: “Aftercare Programs for People in Addiction Recovery.”

American Psychological Association: “Psychotherapy: Understanding Group Therapy.”

Medscape: “Alcoholism Treatment & Management.”

Reviewed by Nayana Ambardekar on August 05, 2017

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