Infographic: The Need for Ongoing Addiction Treatment

This infographic uses information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to make the point that addiction treatment is an ongoing process that needs to continually assessed and modified for each individual in order to respond to and avoid relapse into renewed substance abuse. It states that relapse rates for former addicts often hover around 50%, with some drugs such as heroin as high as 75%, as shown in an informative bar graph for different abused substances. This infographic makes the point that relapse prevention should be the goal of ongoing treatment, but positively responding to relapses is an important feature as well.