Managing Triggers information

Fighting The Urge


Staying away from "triggers" that can cause a relapse and undo everything you have learnt in treatment can be tough, but there are steps you can take to low the chances of this happening.

You want life transformation experience; resolve to stay free from addiction today. You've access to addiction centres for assistance to quit now, beginning with acceptance and taking action to quit and stay sober.

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.


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


Recognizing Your Provocations

Planning step by step procedures to take, and how to avoid certain triggers is something usually done whilst still in a treatment environment. 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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Although most triggers are common among addicts, there are few that are specific to some patients only. Some of these are

  • Associating With Abusers Of The Drug
  • Nothing can undo all the hard work put into treatment like going back to a social environment that accepts drug or alcohol use.
  • Emotional States
  • Your inability to resolve low-esteem, stressful situations without resorting to substance in facing and dealing with psychological disorders.
  • Living Situation
  • 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 Activities
  • Being in a social situation where alcohol or drugs are being used can trigger an ex-addict into falling back into relapse.
  • Someone who is in the early stages of recovery should obviously avoid any social environment in which substance abuse is common.
  • Traumatic Childhood Experience That Refuses To Go
  • 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.

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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Creating A Plan To Prevent Relapse

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

Don't belittle the efforts that are put into developing a successful program because the efforts are worth more than you can ever imagines. Trust, cooperation and open communication with the psychotherapist or counsellor are key to crafting an effective recovery/relapse game plan.


The addict that's at the early stages of retrieval may have to face numerous lures especially when leaving the clinic to return home and this has to be tackled in advanced. Your resolution to stay sober one day at a time forms a solid foundation during relapse prevention program.

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

  • Reassuring and understanding friends and family members to assist you during smooth adjustment 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
  • Being aware of all the people, places or other triggers that may arise in your life will help you know when to stay away and not put your recovery into jeopardy.
  • Strict Compliance To 12-step Programs And Support Assistance
  • 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.
  • 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
  • This will involve constructing a fitness plan that will envelope a clean and healthy structured diet, and a regular sleeping pattern.
  • Re-establishing psychological and physical health is very important for a complete retrieval.
  • 3-6 months outpatient programs are the best post discharge pledge programs.
  • Any activity such as yoga, receiving professional advice, biofeedback, and assistance from people that will help you to continue making progress will be encouraged.
  • 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
  • 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.

Seeking Assistance For Recovery

Regardless of all the planning you put into this, there is still the possibility you can go back and relapse on the substance. Relapse should not mark the end of recovery from addiction, instead it should serve as an eye opener to a wider scope of available opportunities of adjustment to get back on course and pursue the ultimate price. Relapse should not be viewed as failure in recovery program.