Dealing With Triggers information

Knowing How To Avoid 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.

Deciding to submit to treatment surely does not come easy. 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.


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.


Your Triggers And Spotting Them

It is while you are at the rehab centre that you can make the most crucial decision on how to overcome the challenge. To control and keep away possible provocations, dependence retrieval counsellors work with patients to inspect the provocations that caused the compulsion and deal with them while attending the course of the therapy program.

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You're unique, so are your specific triggers, except for universal trigger points. Some of these are

  • Maintaining Acquaintance With Abusers
  • Frequenting joints where drug and alcohol use is the order of the day not the exception.
  • Extreme Emotional States
  • There may be the desire to overcome some negative feelings such as stress, dejection, and unnecessary worries by using drugs or taking alcohol.
  • Conditions Of Living
  • 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 Settings
  • Continued exposure to events or circles where access to alcohol and other drugs are uninhibited also contributes to a relapse.
  • Someone who is in the early stages of recovery should obviously avoid any social environment in which substance abuse is common.
  • Profound Childhood Trauma
  • Abuse of drug may start from a simple desire to use drugs to cope when faced with challenging situations from childhood, negative experiences, or a family that is nothing to write home about.

Supporting an individual with a dependence by locating the precise causes and dealing with them is possible with a cautious and systematic training by a professional dependence counsellor.


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Creating A Plan To Prevent Relapse

Residential addiction therapy programs take place in controlled risk free setting which promotes quick recovery process. 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.

Great effort is needed to make the plan effective and achievable in case of eventuality. Trust, cooperation and open communication with the psychotherapist or counsellor are key to crafting an effective recovery/relapse game plan.


You may face some challenging situations and you must plan ahead how to overcome such challenges at the initial stage after leaving the rehab centre for your home. A reversion avoidance plan is set up to help stay clean on a daily basis.

A good prevention action plan should include

  • Speaking to a supportive member of family, or close friend to help you in times when temptation is the hardest.
  • Your support system should be able to sterilize your place so that it will be free from any triggers or substances that could easily be abused.
  • Listing The Potential And Identified 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.
  • 12-step Meeting and Sponsored Help
  • Establishing and maintaining honesty and open communication with loved ones fosters an environment of accountability and trust.
  • 12-step programs are crucial in creating connections among people who are committed to abstinence.
  • Change To A Healthy And Better Version Of Yourself
  • Eating well, sleeping whenever is appropriate, and engaging in workouts are some of these 12 points.
  • Successful restoration of physical as well psychological well-being is essential to the overall objective of any meaningful addiction recovery program.
  • Post-rehab outpatient program for 3-6 months should be undergone by the recovering patient.
  • Any activity such as yoga, receiving professional advice, biofeedback, and assistance from people that will help you to continue making progress will be encouraged.
  • Knowing that a lot of relapses happen when you are; Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired (the H.A.L.T rule), will help you avoid these feelings and manage the conditions to ensure you stay clear of relapsing.
  • It is also helpful to prepare a visual aid listing all the cons of reverting to abuse and the benefits of maintaining sobriety.
  • 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

Regardless of all the planning you put into this, there is still the possibility you can go back and relapse on the substance. If this does occur, do not think of it as the end of the road to recovery - instead use it as a learning curve, figure out where you went wrong and fully understand how hard the task a head will be, have more determination, get more support. Little setbacks can sometimes bring you to your senses.