Recovery is an ongoing, lifelong process. Once a person has stopped using a particular substance, the process of learning to live without that substance begins.
Learning to manage life's daily stresses and developing strategies to deal with the challenges that arise are important skills to develop in maintaining recovery and preventing relapse. Many people also feel that finding ways to be of service can be very helpful in keeping one's recovery on track.

Many practical matters may also become important. People in recovery often face a variety of barriers that challenge their ability to move forward productively with their lives and to maintain their recovery. These include issues such as finding appropriate housing, finding a job, continuing one's education, getting medical insurance, and problems with discrimination.