Abstinence refers to refraining from or ceasing a particular behavior, substance, or activity.
In the context of addiction treatment, abstinence usually refers to refraining from using drugs or alcohol or engaging in other addictive behaviors. Abstinence-based treatment aims to help individuals achieve and maintain complete abstinence to achieve long-term recovery and improved health and well-being. Abstinence is often viewed as the ultimate goal of addiction treatment. However, it may also be part of a broader, more comprehensive approach that includes other elements such as therapy and support.