What you do after treatment is vital for sustained recovery
Addiction and alcoholism are chronic brain diseases that do not go away when you stop using or get out of treatment
I see many people get out of treatment very confident they have control over their disease
They have been comfortable and did not want to use in treatment
They don't realize it is far easier to stay clean or sober in a controlled environment where they are monitored and restricted in their access to drugs and alcohol
Once they go back out into the real world, they are plunged into a world of easy access and old triggers.
Most of them relapse, many in the first month
They need ongoing care just like the heart attack patient getting out of the hospital