Addictions aren't easy to beat. And they don't destroy only one life. Addictions move through an addict's family and friends in concentric circles leaving a trail of divorce, broken hearts, and strained relationships everywhere. The most successful way to beat addiction is to never develop one. Easier said than done, since the addict slowly slides into addiction without actually noticing. Most people reassure themselves that, should they become addicted to their preferred substance, rehab is just around the corner. Get clean, stay clean: life is good again. Yet it seldom works that way and people rarely talk about it. Below are the relapse percentage rates for a variety of addictions. It clearly illustrates that addiction usually wins.