Most of the public is unaware that relapse rates for all substance use disorders are about the same as relapse rates for other chronic illnesses such as hypertension, asthma or diabetes, or that there are approximately 20 million individuals who are in stable, long-term (a year or more) recovery. These successes are not observable in part because those individuals wish to remain anonymous while they look and act exactly like the rest of us.
Addiction is not hopeless, intractable or untreatable. Millions of people are in recovery from it.
Source: CNN.com – February 22, 2012