The hardest part of recovering from addiction may be the understanding that the addiction is never far away. Relapse is common. That does not mean that you shouldn’t work hard to prevent it. Relapse can undo a lot of hard work and may prove deadly. Many would say, once an addict always an addict. Personal victory will require a lifetime of vigilance.

To build resilience in the lifelong fight against addiction, continuously do the following:

  • Commit to long term treatment 
  • Know your personal triggers 
  • Manage (or avoid) stress
  • Engage others for help and support
  • Stay busy and motivated
  • Join a support group
  • Keep learning about addiction 
  • If and when appropriate and while under the supervision of a qualified medical professional, use prescribed medication  

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