Patterns leading to addiction are hard to erase, and recovering from substance abuse involves more than simply abstinence. Relapses are common during a person’s recovery. During treatment, many of the stresses of every day life are removed. Returning to the previous life may produce all of the old problems.

The warning signs of relapse include returning to old habits, friends, hangouts or denial. An example of denial is "I no longer have to worry about using inhalants." Without on-going support, the person’s coping mechanisms may be too fragile to resist returning to old patterns.

The following are recommended:

Youths need empathetic health care professionals who are committed to helping them receive appropriate treatment. They also need acceptance and understanding as they begin their recovery.

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Inhalant addiction is very difficult to treat and relapse is common.