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Managing Triggers

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.

Your life can turn around if you decide to seek assistance to break your reliance on drugs. 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.


It is typical for those that just go through retrieval to endure drugs and booze fight back when therapy is over and life returns to normality.


Being Aware Of Your Triggers

Planning step by step procedures to take, and how to avoid certain triggers is something usually done whilst still in a treatment environment. Throughout the patient's stay in addiction treatment programs, counsellors will help them figure out what their trigger points could be and what led them to becoming addicted in the first place, once this has been identified they will put together a prevention plan to help keep the patient away from their triggers.

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

  • 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.
  • Emotional States
  • There may be the desire to overcome some negative feelings such as stress, dejection, and unnecessary worries by using drugs or taking alcohol.
  • Living Situation
  • Going back to certain activities, lonely or dysfunctional living circumstances that have been triggering factors to the abuse of 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.
  • All venues where the drug is habitual have to be off-limits to someone who's just been on therapy.
  • Profound Childhood Trauma
  • 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.

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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Making A Relapse Proof Plan

Residential addiction therapy programs take place in controlled risk free setting which promotes quick recovery process. Knowing that this kind of environment is only temporary, it is advised to craft a plan that would function as a deterrent or diversion to any triggers when outside the centre.

The effort required to put together a full proof plan is entirely personal, and should not be underestimated. 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.


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. Staying clean and sane daily after rehab care is part of the goal in developing the relapse-proof plan.

A proper strategy would be as follows:

  • 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 List Of Anticipated Triggers
  • Keeping a list of things, people and places to avoid in order to keep your sanity are important to make the process easier.
  • Strict Compliance To 12-step Programs And Support Assistance
  • Being honest with those around you, attending 12-step meetings and keeping communication will help construct good support and reliability for your recovery.
  • 12-step programs are crucial in creating connections among people who are committed to abstinence.
  • Being Conscious About Changing Negative Conducts
  • Physical fitness, eating nutritious diet, and having enough sleep are activities poised to speed up recovery process.
  • Re-establishing psychological and physical health is very important for a complete retrieval.
  • After leaving the rehab facility, engage in an activity that will help you on the road to recovery for about 3 to 6 months.
  • This will ensure you are surrounded by more support, can attend counselling and get structured feedback.
  • 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.
  • It is also helpful to prepare a visual aid listing all the cons of reverting to abuse and the benefits of maintaining sobriety.
  • Make sure that this list is kept handy as you will never know when you need reminders of the bad aspects you felt when addicted to the substance.

Finding Support In Recovery

Retrieval can still take place regardless of all the strategy and energy put on it. If this does occur, do not think of it as the end of the road to recovery - instead use it as a learning curve, figure out where you went wrong and fully understand how hard the task a head will be, have more determination, get more support. Reversion is mortifying but it doesn't have to be considered a let-down.