Addiction treatment, whether in the form of residential care or an Intensive Outpatient Program, can be a transformative experience that allows you to discover the possibilities of life without drugs or alcohol. Along with the challenges of overcoming addiction lie great rewards, as you reach new levels of self-understanding, stability, and emotional and physical wellness. However, addiction treatment isn’t an end in itself; the chronic nature of addiction means that you must continuously recommit to recovery in order to maintain your sobriety and continue your healing process. While this is deeply ingrained in many who are freshly out of rehab, that feeling can wane over time; you come to see yourself as a sober person, the memory of your addiction fades, and you no longer feel a sense of urgency to stay in active recovery. As a result, your defenses against substance use may begin to break down; without nurturing them, they can wilt and leave gaps in your armor, often setting the stage for relapse.