Do everything you can to set yourself up for success in the first year of recovery. That means going to meetings every day, attending an IOP, finding a safe place to stay, preferably IOP and work the 12-steps.
Relapse prevention is a significant topic for any type of rehab program. It is through relapse prevention that you can really identify the things that might prove difficult to handle without turning to a drink or a drug.
For instance, say that arguing with your parents or spouse tends to create an intense craving for Alcohol, pills or any other substance. That triggering event, i.e. the argument, should be avoided if at all possible. In this case, instead of approaching subjects that can cause an argument, find another way to communicate on the topic and avoid the stressful situation altogether.
There is a great deal you can do to drastically decrease the amount of stress and strife you experience throughout your day, week, or month. Not everything can be avoided or handled in a more calm and productive manner, which is why there are meetings at all times of the day. If you can’t find a meeting, pick up the phone and call a friend in sobriety, such as your sponsor.
The more you immerse yourself in an atmosphere of recovery, the better the chance of success for the long run. Everyone will have suggestions for how to handle stressors, or may just be a supportive ear. Whatever your needs, you will find it in sobriety if you look for it.