Drug addiction can be managed successfully. Research has shown that combining addiction treatment medications with behavioral therapy is the best way to ensure success for patients. However, each treatment approach must be tailored to each patient's drug abuse patterns and co - occurring medical, psychiatric and social problems. It is not uncommon for a person to relapse and start abusing drugs again. This in itself, however, does not signify treatment failure...rather it indicates that treatment should be reinstated or adjusted or that an alternative treatment is needed to help the individual regain control and recover.