If you've stopped drinking or have quit your addictive behavior & are serious about staying sober, you'll want to do everything that's possible to avoid a relapse. Although it may seem to you that a relapse is the last thing which could happen, the truth is that it is very common for people on the road to recovery, says Joseph A Girouard who has been working in the field of addiction recovery and ministry from the past many years.

Having helped a number of people successfully overcome addiction by guiding them in the right direction, Joseph A Girouard believes that committing to change is the first step to addiction recovery. He says that if you quit your drug of choice, however continue with the same routine you had earlier, hanging around the same set of people, & not making any positive changes in your circumstances, you are most likely to slip back into your old habits. On the contrary, if you make positive changes, you can develop a healthy lifestyle & stay sober.

Girouard also advises anyone trying to give up addiction to build a good support network. Leaning on close friends and family for support, even if your relationship with them isn't how it used to be, can actually speed up your recovery.

About Joseph A Girouard

Joseph A Girouard is a multi-faceted professional who has been working in the field of addiction recovery and ministry from the past several years. He strongly believes that a person's chances of a successful recovery rest on his/her honesty, perseverance, and willingness to change.