Most of us have had someone in our lives who stirs up trouble. Think of the co-worker who undermines colleagues. Or the parent who’s the master of emotional blackmail, alternately giving, then taking away love and approval. Or the perpetually hostile ex-wife who keeps dragging her former husband back into court.
Stepping into the real world after rehab feels a bit like riding a bike and taking the training wheels off for the first time. We feel shaky and uncertain. We feel afraid that we might fall and unsure of our own ability to live without the crutch of a drink or a drug.