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Triggers And Contending With Them

How To Fight The 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.

Existence can be very different once one decides to go through therapy for dependence. 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.


If you have just begun the journey to overcome your addiction, you may find it difficult to say "No" when you are faced with the choice of taking alcohol or drugs.


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. The therapist at such centre will help you dig deep and identify what is responsible for your reliance on drugs and come up with practical tips that can help you avoid these culprits while you are still undergoing recovery.

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

  • Keeping Bonds With The Addicts.
  • Frequenting joints where drug and alcohol use is the order of the day not the exception.
  • Severe Emotional Situations
  • 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 Circumstances
  • Going back to an isolated and lonely living environment can reignite the same memories that first put them on a road to addiction.
  • Social Settings
  • Venues where booze or drugs are used can cause an immediate reversion.
  • It is imperative for a recovering patient to skip venues where drugs and other triggers are readily available.
  • Rooted Childhood Shocks
  • Surviving strategies are consequence of dysfunctional family situations, childhood mistreatment or shock that will turn into drug overuse.

These kinds of underlying issues should be dealt with and carefully addressed during counselling in order that the patient is equipped to cope when the situation arises.


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Detailing A Relapse Prevention Scheme

Residential addiction therapy programs take place in controlled risk free setting which promotes quick recovery process. Keeping possible lures at bay is an important plan when a therapy program is initiated.

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.


The situations brought about by the shift from rehab to a real-world environment can be anticipated and a good plan can be developed out of it. Figuring out how to stay sober in a daily routine is the main goal for developing a relapse plan of prevention.

A physical list of your anticipated triggers:

  • 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
  • Keeping a list of things, people and places to avoid in order to keep your sanity are important to make the process easier.
  • Adapting consistent schedule such as 12-step is the way to go.
  • Build on the support and encouragement of family and friends through honest open communication and accountability.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Make a list of the negative things you have experienced whilst addicted, and the positives of being sober.
  • 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.

Looking For Help With Recovery

Despite all the planning and activities in withdrawal from addiction chances of relapse cannot be completely ruled out. 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.