What is relapse?

Relapse, also known as "return to use", refers to the return to active substance use after a period of abstinence or reduced use. Relapse is a common occurrence in the recovery process and is often considered a part of the chronic nature of substance use disorders.


In opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment, the use of medications like methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone can help prevent relapse by reducing cravings and blocking the rewarding effects of opioids.

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