It’s important to respond early to a misstep! Don’t fall prey to the self-defeating habit of “hitting bottom” and wiping out all your gains when you can learn to u-turn back into sobriety.
So you are finally clean from destructive processes or substances. Take a deep bow! You have taken an amazing and necessary first step. And yet….your hard won recovery is only as strong as your relapse prevention and your sobriety maintenance skill set. Your next crucial step is to learn about your triggers, to engage in Emotional Sobriety, to process and heal the underlying issues which lead to the compulsive behaviour. Remember–these processes of avoidance are deeply ingrained in your psyche and will reappear in the most baffling and cunning ways, luring you back into using with the most insidious excuses and exonerations. It is imperative that a second set of eyes and ears be available to you at this time, thus increasing your capacity to spot and withstand the formidable opponent of addiction and a craving brain/body.
Every time you suppress some part of yourself or allow others to play you small, you are in essence ignoring the owner’s manual your creator gave you and destroying your design.