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Dealing With Triggers

How To Shun 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.

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.

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.


Feeling the desire and momentary weakness to the point of almost succumbing to the itch yet again is not far fetch.


Recognising The Triggers

The moment someone is undergoing therapy is when a crucial phase of retrieval planning occurs. 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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There are provocations which are very common while others are individual. Some of these are:

  • Re-established Or Continued Relationships With Drug Abusers
  • Nothing can undo all the hard work put into treatment like going back to a social environment that accepts drug or alcohol use.
  • 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.
  • Living Situation
  • Going back to certain activities, lonely or dysfunctional living circumstances that have been triggering factors to the abuse of substances
  • 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.
  • Traumatic Childhood Experience That Refuses To Go
  • 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.

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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Designing An Effective Relapse Prevention Procedure

Without exposing self to the use of these substances, receiving treatment at home is good as it gives you an enabling facility that can help you succeed fast. 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. Trust, cooperation and open communication with the psychotherapist or counsellor are key to crafting an effective recovery/relapse game plan.


The addict that's at the early stages of retrieval may have to face numerous lures especially when leaving the clinic to return home and this has to be tackled in advanced. 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:

  • If you don't want your recovery to have any hitches, ask for help from a friend or family.
  • Ensuring that the home is free from alluring influence including medications, alcohol bottles within vicinity are some ways of getting rid of pull of the past to accommodate the future.
  • Listing The Potential And Identified Triggers
  • Keep you eye on the prize by compiling a list of potential stimulants such as places, people, and others that can put your determination to the test.
  • 12-step Meeting and Sponsored Help
  • Establishing and maintaining honesty and open communication with loved ones fosters an environment of accountability and trust.
  • Another positive side of the 12-step process is the opportunity to gain friendly association with people who will contribute to the success of the treatment you receive from the centre.
  • Taking Steps To Change Unhealthy Habits
  • A fitness plan, a good diet, and sleeping regularly is part of this.
  • 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.
  • Attending 3 to 6 months of an outpatient program.
  • This will ensure you are surrounded by more support, can attend counselling and get structured feedback.
  • 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.
  • 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.

Recovery And Support System

Retrieval can still take place regardless of all the strategy and energy put on it. 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.