Managing Triggers information

How To Fight The Temptations


You can engage in these activities to reduce your exposure to circumstances that will lead to relapse, although staying clear of what will stimulate the dependence is hard.

Existence can be very different once one decides to go through therapy for dependence. Just as mustering your courage in undergoing treatment, your focus in staying clean and resisting the urge depends on your commitment to getting well.

Although it can really be daunting, fighting off the urge requires an iron will and you are good to go as long as you stick with your recovery game plan.


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.


Being Aware Of Your Triggers

Developing a roadmap to your recovery should take place while you are still undergoing rehabilitation. The therapist at such centre will help you dig deep and identify what is responsible for your reliance on drugs and come up with practical tips that can help you avoid these culprits while you are still undergoing recovery.

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Triggers are different from person to person, but some are pretty common. Here are few of the uncommon triggers among recovering addicts

  • Maintaining Friendships With Those Still Using The Substance
  • Nothing can undo all the hard work put into treatment like going back to a social environment that accepts drug or alcohol use.
  • Intense Emotions Or Emotional Instability
  • 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
  • Going back to certain activities, lonely or dysfunctional living circumstances that have been triggering factors to the abuse of substances
  • Social Settings
  • Venues where booze or drugs are used can cause an immediate reversion.
  • All venues where the drug is habitual have to be off-limits to someone who's just been on therapy.
  • Profound Childhood Trauma
  • Surviving strategies are consequence of dysfunctional family situations, childhood mistreatment or shock that will turn into drug overuse.

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Detailing A Relapse Prevention Scheme

There are residential treatments that will offer a very well structured place for patients to be able to stabilize their recovery without any risk. Getting around some challenges that can thwart one's efforts is possible if you have made plans for how you want to go about your recovery after leaving the facility.

This exercise should not be side-lined and should be given time and effort. Trust, cooperation and open communication with the psychotherapist or counsellor are key to crafting an effective recovery/relapse game plan.


Going from a controlled treatment facility environment back into a normal way of living can be challenging, but this should be considered and planned for, allowing you to anticipate anything that might pop up. The objective of creating a plan for.

A solid and structured plan will include

  • Enlisting the help and support of a close friend or family to ease the burden of transition.
  • This can include them ensuring the home is a safe environment, and clean of anything that can produce some sort of high; vanilla extract, cold medicines or hidden alcohol are some things to chuck away.
  • 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.
  • Strict Compliance To 12-step Programs And Support Assistance
  • Build on the support and encouragement of family and friends through honest open communication and accountability.
  • 12-step programs are especially important as they will introduce you to other members who share the same goal as you - to be sober.
  • Changing Any Unhealthy Habits
  • A fitness plan, a good diet, and sleeping regularly is part of this.
  • Health gets the biggest hit when suffering addiction, therefore it's just fitting that it is restored to its tip-top shape.
  • After leaving the rehab facility, engage in an activity that will help you on the road to recovery for about 3 to 6 months.
  • You create room for continued addiction therapy practice through counselling, biofeedback, yoga in addition to available friends and family support.
  • It is imperative that you find a solution to what will trigger cravings for the drug or alcohol again like when you are hungry, angry, lonely, or tired, according to the H.A.L.T. rule.
  • Making a list of the positive and negative aspects of using the drug
  • keep the list with you for whenever you crave for the addictive substance as it will help your to remember why you have expended so much time and other resources to break the addiction.

Finding Support In Recovery

Retrieval can still take place regardless of all the strategy and energy put on it. If for some reasons you have succumbed to relapse, consider it as a hump on the road to recovery and let that setback be a springboard to bounce back even stronger. Falling into relapse does not mean you have failed, keep on trying.