Dealing with Addiction Triggers

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No matter if you’ve been sober for a day or for months, you are already aware of the work involved. Not only are you renewing your commitment to sobriety every day, but you’re probably experiencing triggers, which can make it very difficult not to use again. Here’s how to deal with them.

Get to Know Yourself

Now that you’re seeing life through different eyes, you can better identify what typically triggers you. It may not be something obvious. Or, you may not realize that something is a trigger until you find yourself in the middle of it.

Drug rehabilitation programs will tell you that triggers and the cravings which accompany them are very common. Once you understand what triggers you, you can devise a plan.

HALT

This acronym is used to help remind individuals which triggers are among the most common. Standing for Hungry, Angry, Lonely and Tired, these are all high-risk situations that can trigger you. In addition to HALT, there are other things, places, and people that might be triggers. For example, you may have things around your home that remind you of when you were using.

You may also be tempted to visit places where you used to buy and/or use, or you may still want to stay in touch with those who you used to party with. While you can’t always avoid these situations, being aware of these triggers will prevent you from being caught by surprise. Make a list of what triggers you and keep it with you so that you can remind yourself of them.

Avoiding Your Triggers

One way to avoid your triggers is to be prepared. For example, bring a snack with you to work so that you aren’t hungry when you get home. Joining an addiction discussion group can go a long way toward helping you maintain your sobriety, as well as help you feel as though you’re not dealing with things all by yourself.

In order to maintain your sobriety for the long term, it will be necessary to create a new life. That means you will need to stop getting together with friends who used to use, avoid places where you used to party, and eliminate drugs or alcohol from your home. Making this series of small changes will help you manage triggers as you create a different and healthier life for yourself.

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Being completely honest with yourself and your support network about your addiction may not be easy, at first, but, by doing so, you will have no excuses to lie about or to use. Practice this skill on those who support you, and you’ll discover that you’re doing better than you expected.

Recovery Help Is Available

If you’re ready to begin a longer journey in your addiction treatment, BlueCrest Recovery Center can help. Our intensive outpatient therapy addresses all spiritual, mental, and physical aspects of addiction so that you can break the cycle for good. Call or look around our website to learn more.