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Dealing With Triggers

Fighting The Urge


Although dealing with post-rehab triggers can be challenging, there are tricks that help in resisting the urge.

Deciding to submit to treatment surely does not come easy. You've access to addiction centres for assistance to quit now, beginning with acceptance and taking action to quit and stay sober.

It is one thing to resist and overcome one or two temptations, but it is another to martial courage and strength to stay focused, by identifying triggers which lead to relapse to get head start in claiming victory.


It is typical for those that just go through retrieval to endure drugs and booze fight back when therapy is over and life returns to normality.


Recognising The Triggers

Treatment situation is the defining step of recovery from addiction, the balance of future planning depends on it. Throughout the patient's stay in addiction treatment programs, counsellors will help them figure out what their trigger points could be and what led them to becoming addicted in the first place, once this has been identified they will put together a prevention plan to help keep the patient away from their triggers.

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Some factors that are the culprit in cases of addiction are common while some are peculiar to each addict. Here are few of the uncommon triggers among recovering addicts:

  • Maintaining Friendships With Those Still Using The Substance
  • You are a product of your environment, hence if you surround yourself with drugs, users reverting to old habits is not highly unlikely.
  • 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.
  • Negative Home Environment
  • Going back to an isolated and lonely living environment can reignite the same memories that first put them on a road to addiction.
  • Social Activities
  • Being in a social situation where alcohol or drugs are being used can trigger an ex-addict into falling back into relapse.
  • You should avoid social scenes in which drugs and alcohol are accessible during initial stages of recovery.
  • Traumatic Childhood Experience That Refuses To Go
  • Ex-addicts that have a deep-rooted childhood issues can easily go back into relapse if they are struggling to rid these memories.

Solicit assistance from a professional addiction counsellor to show you productive ways of identifying specific triggers and how to manage the situation through engaging your creative mind on positive actions.


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Detailing A Relapse Prevention Scheme

Inpatient programs have routines and activities that give distraction and sense of direction to recovering patients. Getting involved in an outside treatment program is the best way to avoid unwanted obstacles that may stand in your way of a new and sober life.

Great effort is needed to make the plan effective and achievable in case of eventuality. Whatever may serve as obstacle can easily be overcome if you have a candid discussion with a counsellor without hiding your feelings so the you can be helped to map out a plan that will help you overcome the obstacles and put your addiction behind you.


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 good prevention action plan should 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.
  • List Of Potential Triggers
  • Having a list of people, venues and aspects that can demonstrate your abstemiousness is useful for staying conscious on retrieval.
  • 12-step Meeting and Sponsored Help
  • Build on the support and encouragement of family and friends through honest open communication and accountability.
  • 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.
  • Being Conscious About Changing Negative Conducts
  • This will involve constructing a fitness plan that will envelope a clean and healthy structured diet, and a regular sleeping pattern.
  • Health gets the biggest hit when suffering addiction, therefore it's just fitting that it is restored to its tip-top shape.
  • Attend outpatient programs for 3-6 months after treatment discharge.
  • This approach enables the patient to reap the benefits of continued helpful regimens like biofeedback, counselling, and even physical routines.
  • H.A.L.T. acronym for Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired is the best rule of thumb to adapt in managing distressful situation that could influence daily life and lead back to addiction if not closely examined.
  • Put down the benefits and burdens of staying sober for tracking purposes on paper.
  • Make the list available for reference whenever you face a challenging situation on the recovery road for as a reminder to keep your eyes on being sober.

Recovery And Support System

There is the tendency to go back to the drug or alcohol despite all these plans. 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. Relapse should not be viewed as failure in recovery program.