Why do some recovering addicts relapse?

George Joseph
Addiction Medicine
Brain changes in addiction are profound and take many years to normalize. Because of this, addicts early in recovery often relapse due to decision-making impairments. Many of our patients cannot answer the question, "What were you thinking?" Triggers, like environmental cues or emotional pain, can change the addict's behavior automatically because the addiction center lies in the subconscious. Researchers have discovered that we can strengthen the addict’s defense against a relapse by enhancing their overall wisdom, resiliency, equanimity and innate coping skill set.

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