Lack of coping skills, low self-confidence, and limited knowledge puts you at risk of using again when you are faced with any of your high-risk situations. Avoidance is always the best choice in the early stages of recovery. Avoidance will keep you safe while you learn a variety of ways and skills to manage high risk situations. Avoidance of high risk situations is the first and simplest coping mechanism. Stay away from all drugs and alcohol, stay away from people who use, and avoid places where people use. You must take these actions now while you learn additional ways to keep yourself safe.