You have invested time and money, and endured much suffering, for the gift of sobriety. After making it through an addiction recovery program there is but one singular goal now—to remain sober. No one really understands how difficult that might be until it is their turn to step back into the world and enter a new life in sobriety following rehab.
No doubt that the outpatient or inpatient program made relapse prevention a key theme. Relapse prevention planning is the rock upon which the recovery sits, the blueprint that will be a useful tool as you navigate the hills and valleys of early recovery. But as with anything else we pursue in life you get from it what you put in to it. Making a rock-solid relapse plan takes time and effort. A hastily constructed, poorly thought out substance use relapse prevention plan will not save you from yourself.
Avoiding a relapse should be seen in the same way that a warrior prepares for battle. The foe is stealthy, wily, and unpredictable. Addiction lies in wait, seeking that vulnerable moment, that opening, that will allow it to assert power over its victim. Have a healthy fear and respect for your enemy and be ever vigilant in your efforts to dodge and weave in the months and years ahead.