What does it mean to be proactive in safeguarding your recovery?
Hint: It's about much more than not drinking or not using drugs. Here's how to craft a relapse prevention plan that builds on your strengths.
Relapse prevention seems so simple to an outsider looking in: "Here's how to stay sober: don't drink alcohol. Don't use drugs." If only addiction and recovery were that simple. It's hard to fault the outsider, though: there's no way the human eye could spot the hijacked reward pathways inside our brains, the years of negative self-talk, or any pressing external circumstances that elevate our stress levels and reactivity. Still, none of those make good excuses for relapse, especially when we can make a plan to manage and cope with those stressors.