Addiction Is a Progressive Disease

If you are an addict or an alcoholic and you don’t believe this, ask anyone who has relapsed if it was worth it. If you think your rock bottom was bad and couldn’t get much worse, it does, and it will. The disease never gets better; it can go into remission or hibernation, if you will, but if you pick up again, it will go right back to where it was in active addiction, only worse.

Think of addiction as a bell; once that bell is rung, there’s no going back. You could have 20 years of sobriety, but the minute you pick up a drink, your brain remembers that ringing of the bell, and you’re off to the races. You may not drink a dozen right off the bat, but you will reach your old tolerance quickly and exceed it. That’s just how the disease works. If you’re a heroin addict, god speed. Not many heroin addicts make it out of a relapse alive because of this very reason. In fact, many die on their first return use because they simply do too much.

Many of us never believed addiction was progressive, until it happened to us. After you’ve crawled into recovery on your hands and knees, you don’t think your life could get any worse, but it does. If you’ve never prostituted yourself, been arrested or fired, homeless or trafficked, all of these things are just a drink or a drug away. Not to mention, the ultimate consequence—your family receiving your death notification from a police officer.

You don’t have to find out about how much worse it can get. Relapse is part of some of our stories, but it doesn’t have to be part of yours. Relapse doesn’t have to happen, but it can happen without learning the tools necessary for creating a cohesive program of recovery for yourself. Learning how to live sober takes time, which is why it is critical to spend some of your time in recovery in a trusted and proven treatment program.



The Lakehouse Recovery Center takes a proactive approach toward relapse prevention. Here, you will learn vital skills to stop relapse long before it starts. Staying sober isn’t easy, but if you have the tools and the foundation of recovery that you will learn here, you can do it. You are not alone in this, and we will get through this together. We are available 24/7 to help you, so give us a call. Today is the last day you have to feel the way you do now. Recovery is possible, and nothing is more important than you picking up the phone, and letting us help you. You are worth saving, call us today. We are available 24/7, toll-free at (877) SOBER | (877) 762-3707.


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