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Dealing With Triggers

How To Fight The Temptations


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

Deciding to turn your life around and seek help with addiction is a pivotal changing point. Just as mustering your courage in undergoing treatment, your focus in staying clean and resisting the urge depends on your commitment to getting well.

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.


Feeling the desire and momentary weakness to the point of almost succumbing to the itch yet again is not far fetch.


Your Triggers And Spotting Them

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

  • Re-established Or Continued Relationships With Drug Abusers
  • Nothing can undo all the hard work put into treatment like going back to a social environment that accepts drug or alcohol use.
  • Excessive Emotional Outbursts
  • 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 Conditions
  • It is almost impossible to fully recover no matter how focused and committed you are to your game plan when the same troubles and triggers are present on a daily basis.
  • Social Surroundings
  • Gatherings in which alcohol and drugs flowed freely spark off craving for substance use.
  • 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.

Professional counselling is the best way to get help if you are suffering from any serious problems when it comes to addiction recovery, careful planning can really make all the difference.


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Designing An Effective Relapse Prevention Procedure

Inpatient programs have routines and activities that give distraction and sense of direction to recovering patients. Knowing that this kind of environment is only temporary, it is advised to craft a plan that would function as a deterrent or diversion to any triggers when outside the centre.

Of crucial and priceless importance is the work to propose an operative strategy. The proper strategy to stay clean among people, venues, and events that can cause a relapse is a deep consideration, rectitude, and collaboration with a counsellor.


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. A reversion avoidance plan is set up to help stay clean on a daily basis.

The following should be considered in order to come up with a sound relapse game plan:

  • Collaborate closely with a relative or close friend to facilitate the process.
  • 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
  • Writing down helps in backtracking to monitor progress made on people, places to confirm your commitment to stay focused on the priority list of items.
  • Support Of A Guarantor And Following A 12-step Program
  • Create an environment where the assistance of your friends and family is possible by hiding nothing from them and keeping the line of communication open with them.
  • As part of the twelve-step regimen, surrounding yourself with like-minded people is very instrumental to achieving full recovery.
  • Taking Steps To Change Unhealthy Habits
  • Physical fitness, eating nutritious diet, and having enough sleep are activities poised to speed up recovery process.
  • You must ensure that your overall well-being is maintained as the dependence on drugs and alcohol will have affected you both mentally and physically.
  • 3-6 months outpatient programs are the best post discharge pledge programs.
  • You create room for continued addiction therapy practice through counselling, biofeedback, yoga in addition to available friends and family support.
  • 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
  • Put down the benefits and burdens of staying sober for tracking purposes on paper.
  • Make sure that this list is kept handy as you will never know when you need reminders of the bad aspects you felt when addicted to the substance.

Finding Support In Recovery

Retrieval can still take place regardless of all the strategy and energy put on it. You should consider take some steps backward as a pointer to the fact that succeeding in such an endeavour is not a piece of cake and should be moved to increase your determination and personal efforts to succeed if you give in to your urge to use the drugs or alcohol again. Reversion is mortifying but it doesn't have to be considered a let-down.