The whole point of undergoing drug addiction treatment is to escape the cycle of drug use and dependence. Hence, when the patient in question falls back into his old habits, the treatment can be considered a failure, and the chances are that the patient would grow more dependent on the drug than ever.
So how do we avoid relapses during the course of the drug addiction treatment? To do this, we must first remember that treatment is not a one-time thing. It is a continuous process that goes on for a certain length of time, depending on the length of the patient’s contact with the drug as well as the severity of the damage caused. We may be talking about weeks, months, and in some cases years.
A relapse can happen if the patient falls back into his drug habit, which must be avoided at all costs if a successful treatment is desired. Preventing this highly depends on proper and constant monitoring and testing of the patient, and in some cases direct intervention is required if he shows signs of being dangerously close to suffering a relapse.
Of course, relapses are more likely to happen when the patient has used drugs for a prolonged period of time. The longer they have taken drugs, the higher the possibility of them falling back to their old ways. Positive reinforcement during treatment plays a vital role, since this can encourage the patient’s active participation during treatment, which can increase the likelihood of being completely cured of drug addiction.
The success of treatment depends on the anticipation of relapses, and the intervening measures made during the process. These measures include proper and constant monitoring, direct intervention, and positive reinforcement during treatment. All of these measures are critical to ensure the patient’s independence from drug use.