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Dealing With Triggers

How To Shun Temptations


Although dealing with post-rehab triggers can be challenging, there are tricks that help in resisting the urge.

Deciding to turn your life around and seek help with addiction is a pivotal changing point. Treatment and detox facilities will aid you in your recovery, they will give you a clear path to go down, but the real work starts when you are on your own, trying to stay clean.

A new and abstemious life will begin the moment that provocations are recognized and a suitable reversion avoidance plan is made despite lures being a dangerous trap.


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.


Being Aware Of Your Triggers

It is while you are at the rehab centre that you can make the most crucial decision on how to overcome the challenge. 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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Although most triggers are common among addicts, there are few that are specific to some patients only. They include:

  • Keeping Bonds With The Addicts.
  • Nothing can undo all the hard work put into treatment like going back to a social environment that accepts drug or alcohol use.
  • Excessive Emotional Outbursts
  • 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.
  • Negative Home Environment
  • 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 Situations
  • Being in a social situation where alcohol or drugs are being used can trigger an ex-addict into falling back into relapse.
  • It is imperative for a recovering patient to skip venues where drugs and other triggers are readily available.
  • Profound Childhood Trauma
  • Child abuse and family break ups are elements that set in motion return to substance abuse to relieve the pain develop into substance abuse.

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 Relapse Avoidance Plan

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. Whatever may serve as obstacle can easily be overcome if you have a candid discussion with a counsellor without hiding your feelings so the you can be helped to map out a plan that will help you overcome the obstacles and put your addiction behind you.


Going from a controlled treatment facility environment back into a normal way of living can be challenging, but this should be considered and planned for, allowing you to anticipate anything that might pop up. The objective of creating a plan for.

A proper strategy would be as follows:

  • If you don't want your recovery to have any hitches, ask for help from a friend or family.
  • 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
  • Having a list of people, venues and aspects that can demonstrate your abstemiousness is useful for staying conscious on retrieval.
  • The Assistance Of A Sponsor And A 12-step Congregation Plan
  • Establishing and maintaining honesty and open communication with loved ones fosters an environment of accountability and trust.
  • Meet and make new friends that support your commitment to stay away from addiction through fellowship and collective participation in 12-step programs.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Patients that just got clean will benefit from enduring therapy aspects like counselling, biofeedback, yoga, and general help.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Finding Support In Recovery

Even the best-laid plans can fail, hence it just makes sense to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. 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. You don't fail when you break your determination to stay clear of these substance.