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Triggers And Contending With Them

Knowing How To Avoid Temptations


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

Deciding to submit to treatment surely does not come easy. Your determination to succeed in your fight is the most important thing after a rehab facility has assisted you to remove the toxin as well as help you remain calm.

Having to live with temptation, or "triggers", takes determination and a strong sense of mind, but once you know what the trigger are you can work on a plan to prevent them from interfering with your daily life; allowing you to truly focus on a sober life.


Resisting drug or alcohol shortly after treatment is the first step on the road to recovery and the struggle has only just began with one or two victorious resistance to temptation.


Recognising The 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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Some factors that are the culprit in cases of addiction are common while some are peculiar to each addict. Here are few of the uncommon triggers among recovering addicts:

  • Keeping Bonds With The Addicts.
  • Frequenting joints where drug and alcohol use is the order of the day not the exception.
  • Extreme 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.
  • Conditions Of Living
  • Going back to certain activities, lonely or dysfunctional living circumstances that have been triggering factors to the abuse of substances
  • Social Settings
  • Continued exposure to events or circles where access to alcohol and other drugs are uninhibited also contributes to a relapse.
  • All venues where the drug is habitual have to be off-limits to someone who's just been on therapy.
  • Traumatic Childhood Experience That Refuses To Go
  • Traumatic abuse and other undesirable childhood experiences are also potent triggers for patients to revert to their old habits.

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 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.


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. Your resolution to stay sober one day at a time forms a solid foundation during relapse prevention program.

A physical list of your anticipated triggers:

  • Collaborate closely with a relative or close friend to facilitate the process.
  • 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
  • Writing down helps in backtracking to monitor progress made on people, places to confirm your commitment to stay focused on the priority list of items.
  • 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.
  • Changing Any Unhealthy Habits
  • Eating well, sleeping whenever is appropriate, and engaging in workouts are some of these 12 points.
  • Health gets the biggest hit when suffering addiction, therefore it's just fitting that it is restored to its tip-top shape.
  • Attending 3 to 6 months of an outpatient program.
  • This approach enables the patient to reap the benefits of continued helpful regimens like biofeedback, counselling, and even physical routines.
  • 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.
  • Make the list available for reference whenever you face a challenging situation on the recovery road for as a reminder to keep your eyes on being sober.

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.