Why is frequent follow-up needed during recovery from alcoholism?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Warren Thompson, MD, FACP; Chief Editor: Glen L Xiong, MD  more...
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Frequent follow-up is essential to support the patient in recovery. The most common mistake physicians make is assuming too soon that the patient is stable. Ask patients about attendance at AA meetings and about their relationships with their sponsors. Less than 20% of patients remain abstinent for a full year. Among patients who have been sober for 2 years, the relapse rate is 40%. Patients who have been sober for 5 years are likely to remain sober, but they are still at risk for relapse.


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