You’re going to 12 step meetings, meeting with your counselor, and building a new support network of other sober individuals. Maybe you’re in an IOP or outpatient program, where you’re learning how to deal with triggers in everyday life and building new coping skills. You’re right on track, but you might be wondering “Now what?” Most likely, you entered addiction treatment because your life had become unmanageable. Maybe you couldn’t hold a job when you were using. Maybe you burnt bridges with family and friends, damaging your relationship with your parents or losing contact with your kids. Maybe you eventually became homeless. Now that you’re in recovery you can start to work towards gaining these things back. But the road can seem long, and it can be frustrating not to know when these goals will come to fruition. The simple answer, which everyone hates to hear, is that everything takes time. Slowly but surely things will fall into place if you keep doing the next right thing and keep putting effort into your recovery. After all, anything worth having is worth working for. And it will be work. You worked to get high, and you must work to get sober. Some people become overwhelmed at the thought of this, but there are things you can do in early recovery to begin building a sense of accomplishment and keep yourself on track.