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Information for People in Recovery

Those of us with long-term sobriety understand that recovery is a lifelong path that we can’t walk alone. Our friends in recovery, our families and friends are part of a caring support system we build one day at a time. As part of our recovery, we give back, providing support to others in recovery and to our community, through education, prevention and advocacy.
At Baptist Health's Care & Counseling, our mission of hope is embodied in the thousands of Center alumni in recovery. They are active participants in their families, communities and in their own lives. Many are committed leaders in helping and mentoring others experiencing substance abuse and recovery, and working with young people to prevent substance abuse.
To become part of the Care & Counseling active alumni program or participate in our prevention and advocacy efforts, please call us at 1-800-YES-HOPE or 786-662-8118.

Relapse: What Does It Mean?
Even with the resources to manage this chronic disease, patients can experience relapse. Although relapse does not mean the end of recovery, it can be frustrating for the patient and their families.
It is important to remember that relapse rates for addiction (estimated at 40 to 60 percent) are similar to those of other chronic illnesses including hypertension, Type I diabetes and asthma, according to the National Institute for Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. This means that relapse is not just possible, it is likely.
comparison of relapse rates 
The effects of alcohol and drug abuse on the structure and function of the brain linger long after the individual stops using. This explains why a person in recovery can relapse. NIDA advises “drug addiction should be treated like any other chronic illness, with relapse serving as a trigger for renewed intervention.”