Maintaining Your Gains and Preventing Relapse

We need 4 hugs a day for survival. We need 8 hugs a day for maintenance. We need 12 hugs a day for growth.

After we’ve committed to the recovery process and enjoyed the beginning benefits of sobriety, the process of maintenance comes into play.  At first, some addicts do not fully appreciate that the process of maintaining gains is an active one. It takes effort! In this stage of recovery, maintaining the changes we have made in our long-term patterns is necessary if we hope to stabilize ourselves and prevent a return of problem habits and “slipping back” into active addiction. This is the time when continuing to consistently work our program, attend therapy, and engaging in support and 12-step groups is vital.

Just for Today
Do three things to maintain your recovery. Share about your efforts in therapy or a 12-step meeting.