Chronic relapse is a repeating cycle in which a person who is trying to maintain sobriety is unable to do for a substantial period of time. Many people who struggle with addiction want to stay sober, and often can for several days, weeks or months at a time, but find themselves returning to substance use. There is not always an identifiable cause or trigger that contributes to chronic relapse, but there are ways in which one can learn how to remain abstinent for the long-term. Addiction recovery and relapse prevention requires a lot of work. Depending on the individual, this may mean participation in a support group, individual and or group therapy, residential treatment, sober living, consistent attendance at 12 step meetings, obtaining a sponsor, psychiatric care and or family support.