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Triggers And Coping With Them

Understanding How To Escape The Appeal


Staying away from "triggers" that can cause a relapse and undo everything you have learnt in treatment can be tough, but there are steps you can take to low the chances of this happening.

Existence can be very different once one decides to go through therapy for dependence. Your determination to succeed in your fight is the most important thing after a rehab facility has assisted you to remove the toxin as well as help you remain calm.

Having to live with temptation, or "triggers", takes determination and a strong sense of mind, but once you know what the trigger are you can work on a plan to prevent them from interfering with your daily life; allowing you to truly focus on a sober life.


If you have just begun the journey to overcome your addiction, you may find it difficult to say "No" when you are faced with the choice of taking alcohol or drugs.


Establishing Your Triggers

Developing a roadmap to your recovery should take place while you are still undergoing rehabilitation. In the course of treatment, addiction counsellors assist patients examine and identify triggers prompting inclination to substance abuse and point them in the direction of post discharge steps to manage withdrawal symptoms and avoid possible relapse.

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You're unique, so are your specific triggers, except for universal trigger points. These are:

  • Associating With Abusers Of The Drug
  • Attending venues where drug and booze consumption are very common.
  • Emotional States
  • Sometimes emotion can cause an ex-addict to go back onto a substance; depression, stress and anxiety, will make the user feel like the drug is the only means to relieve the pressure.
  • Living Circumstances
  • Another factor that may arouse the desire in you or stimulate the prevailing condition that made the use of these addictive drugs and sedatives common is going back to the same environment, that will weaken your resolution to keep off those substances.
  • Social Situations
  • Continued exposure to events or circles where access to alcohol and other drugs are uninhibited also contributes to a relapse.
  • It is imperative for a recovering patient to skip venues where drugs and other triggers are readily available.
  • Profound Childhood Trauma
  • Child abuse and family break ups are elements that set in motion return to substance abuse to relieve the pain develop into substance abuse.

You can get to the root of this problem and identify a solution to it if you can seek the assistance of a counsellor.


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Creating A Plan To Prevent Relapse

There are residential treatments that will offer a very well structured place for patients to be able to stabilize their recovery without any risk. That is the reason strategic discharge plan for continued therapy program outside the environment is critical to prevent relapse in unstructured surrounding.

Great effort is needed to make the plan effective and achievable in case of eventuality. This requires individual soul searching and collaboration with counsellor to set up elaborate plan to outshine people, places and items that could derail the desired soberness outcome.


Shifting from controlled inpatient setting to unstructured home environment presents great challenges to most struggling addicts during recovery period if left unplanned for in advance. Your resolution to stay sober one day at a time forms a solid foundation during relapse prevention program.

A physical list of your anticipated triggers:

  • If you don't want your recovery to have any hitches, ask for help from a friend or family.
  • Ensuring that the home is free from alluring influence including medications, alcohol bottles within vicinity are some ways of getting rid of pull of the past to accommodate the future.
  • A Physical List Of Your Anticipated Triggers
  • Keep you eye on the prize by compiling a list of potential stimulants such as places, people, and others that can put your determination to the test.
  • 12-step Meeting and Sponsored Help
  • Establishing and maintaining honesty and open communication with loved ones fosters an environment of accountability and trust.
  • Another positive side of the 12-step process is the opportunity to gain friendly association with people who will contribute to the success of the treatment you receive from the centre.
  • Take Steps To Change Unhealthy Habits
  • This step starts with little commitments and compliance to an exercise program, balanced diet, and even improved sleeping habits.
  • Health gets the biggest hit when suffering addiction, therefore it's just fitting that it is restored to its tip-top shape.
  • Attending 3 to 6 months of an outpatient program.
  • This approach enables the patient to reap the benefits of continued helpful regimens like biofeedback, counselling, and even physical routines.
  • Keep up with the H.A.L.T. rule which means that reversion takes place when one is Hungry, Angry, Lonely, and Tired making these four circumstances vital to avoid a fall back
  • It is also helpful to prepare a visual aid listing all the cons of reverting to abuse and the benefits of maintaining sobriety.
  • This list can be handy in times where the desire is overpowering as it remind you of the effort, time and original reason why you stopped the habit to start with .

Seeking Assistance For Recovery

Even the best-laid plans can fail, hence it just makes sense to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Relapse should not mark the end of recovery from addiction, instead it should serve as an eye opener to a wider scope of available opportunities of adjustment to get back on course and pursue the ultimate price. You don't fail when you break your determination to stay clear of these substance.