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What are Triggers?

When addiction takes over one’s life, turmoil and chaos begin to seep in.  The transition can be a slow and gradual process or quick and inescapable.  Either way, treatment is the best option.  Going through treatment will teach the individual how to cope with stress and triggers.  The person can learn to have better control over their actions and life.  Relapse is one of the biggest concerns after treatment.  Relapse can sneak in slowly.  Neglecting self-care and stress management will put pressure on the individual.  The desire to forget problems and the cravings will drive the person with an addiction to use substances again.  Triggers are people, places, and things which remind the individual of the euphoria once felt by using drugs and alcohol.  The person in recovery has to learn to instruct themselves away from the situation to avoid relapse.


Old friends and acquaintances associated with previous using behaviors can trigger an individual to want substances again.  Old habits die hard.  When the person in recovery hears of or sees people who were part of the substance abuse, the mind goes straight to old behaviors, sometimes without even noticing.  Paying attention to when triggers come around is the first step to knowing when to use coping skills taught in therapy.  Removing oneself from the situation is the best advice.


The individual should not go to any establishment with drugs or alcohol.  The environment is very important to recovery.  Bars, clubs, and old hangouts should be avoided to sustain from using substances.  The living arrangement should also be drug and alcohol-free.  Going home after treatment, and facing an environment were drug abuse still thrives, can be avoided by staying at a sober living home.  


Small items around the house can trigger cravings.  Different paraphernalia, or items used for consuming drugs and alcohol, will remind the individual of times they used substances.  Throwing out old items is a good way to maintain healthy living.  Triggers can overrun an individual’s mind before they have a chance to counteract the cravings.  Coping skills will come into play once the individual has practiced the techniques.  Understanding the importance of coping with triggers will strengthen the person’s success rate.  Fighting cravings is only half the battle for recovery.  The person in recovery has to gain knowledge of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, while avoiding relapse.  

People, places, and things can trigger a person to relapse or to use again.  Treatment at Resilient House can help you understand how coping skills will fight off the cravings.  Have a successful recovery and learn how to avoid relapse by calling 833-change1 (833-242-6431).  We can help you take back your life.