A friend of mine is a recoverying addict who keeps picking up and using again. He smokes and sniffs herion and smokes crack. Since 2000 he has been in and out of rehab, recovery and other professional places like that. 12 step programs are not helping him either. So I was asking he how many junkies kick for good and his answer blew my mind. He has seen only a 2% to 5% recovery rate for addicts. Thats coming from the ppl he has seen going to the meetings and the ones that were in the program when he started. There are addicts with 20 years of clean time that pick up and go in benders like they only have a few weeks sober. Is there an agency that keeps stats on this ? I can't belive that the % of ppl who stay clean is so low. Its a pretty sad commentary on what happens once you become an addict and what faces my friend. He is a great guy and I wish he would stay clean. I spent Friday night with hime b/c thats a bad time for him and is more likely to use.