Managing Triggers information

Knowing How To Avoid Temptations


Challenges associated with withdrawal and treatments of addiction are many, however there are ways you can choose to reduce the temptation to go back to addiction.

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.

You can overcome this challenge permanently if you can know what causes you reliance on drugs and how to resist despite the fact that determination and self-control are needed.


There may still be temptation to fall back into the same old habits that put you in rehab in the first place, the struggle is real and something a lot of people experience when they first finish their treatment program.


Recognising The Triggers

It is while you are at the rehab centre that you can make the most crucial decision on how to overcome the challenge. You should take advantage of the information being shared by the counsellor while undergoing therapy and start visualizing a game plan to handle triggers once treatment is complete.

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There are provocations which are very common while others are individual. Some of these are

  • Maintaining Friendships With Those Still Using The Substance
  • Going to places where alcohol and drug are available will threaten your determination to break addiction to these substances.
  • Severe Emotional Situations
  • Residual depression or anxiety that are left unaddressed greatly predisposes the recovering patient to relapse.
  • Living Situation
  • Going back to certain activities, lonely or dysfunctional living circumstances that have been triggering factors to the abuse of substances
  • Social Activities
  • Another thing that can wake the feeling from slumber is attending social functions where these substances are served and are in abundance.
  • Everywhere where drug or alcohol is used should be an "off-limits" for an addict who is just trying to break the destructive habit.
  • Traumatic Childhood Experience That Refuses To Go
  • Traumatic abuse and other undesirable childhood experiences are also potent triggers for patients to revert to their old habits.

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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Making A Relapse Proof Plan

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 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.

This exercise should not be side-lined and should be given time and effort. 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.


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 physical list of your anticipated triggers

  • Collaborate closely with a relative or close friend to facilitate the process.
  • 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.
  • List Of Potential 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.
  • The Assistance Of A Sponsor And A 12-step Congregation Plan
  • Build on the support and encouragement of family and friends through honest open communication and accountability.
  • Meet and make new friends that support your commitment to stay away from addiction through fellowship and collective participation in 12-step programs.
  • Take Steps To Change Unhealthy Habits
  • Eating well, sleeping whenever is appropriate, and engaging in workouts are some of these 12 points.
  • 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.
  • After leaving the rehab facility, engage in an activity that will help you on the road to recovery for about 3 to 6 months.
  • Any activity such as yoga, receiving professional advice, biofeedback, and assistance from people that will help you to continue making progress will be encouraged.
  • 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.
  • Compare the advantages of breaking your addiction and the disadvantages of addiction in a list.
  • It is important to save the list and keep it handy in order to review it every once and awhile when you may be tempted to abuse drugs again as it reminds you of the hard work you've made to stay away from the substance.

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. Abstinence gains a major importance once you have fallen back to the substance because it is a sign that the first phase of retrieval is very delicate. Falling into relapse does not mean you have failed, keep on trying.