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Managing Triggers

How To Fight The Temptations


There are numerous ways for reducing the percentage of lures although it is hard to stay away from them after therapy for dependence is completed.

Existence can be very different once one decides to go through therapy for dependence. 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.


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


Your Triggers And Spotting Them

Treatment situation is the defining step of recovery from addiction, the balance of future planning depends on it. 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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You're unique, so are your specific triggers, except for universal trigger points. Some of these are:

  • Re-established Or Continued Relationships With Drug Abusers
  • Attending venues where drug and booze consumption are very common.
  • Intense Emotions Or Emotional Instability
  • Your inability to resolve low-esteem, stressful situations without resorting to substance in facing and dealing with psychological disorders.
  • Conditions Of Living
  • Pull of the past revives previous addiction, if you continue to engage in compromising behaviours that triggered substance use in specific settings and in the company of the occupants of the place.
  • Social Settings
  • 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.
  • Reliving Childhood Distress.
  • 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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Detailing A Relapse Prevention Scheme

There are residential treatments that will offer a very well structured place for patients to be able to stabilize their recovery without any risk. 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. Having an honest approach, being cooperative and understanding the situation will allow a counsellor to put together a full plan to help you avoid the places, people and other obstacles that might stand in your way.


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. Figuring out how to stay sober in a daily routine is the main goal for developing a relapse plan of prevention.

The following should be considered in order to come up with a sound relapse game plan:

  • Speaking to a supportive member of family, or close friend to help you in times when temptation is the hardest.
  • 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 Written List Of Previous Provocations
  • 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
  • Create an environment where the assistance of your friends and family is possible by hiding nothing from them and keeping the line of communication open with them.
  • 12-step programs are crucial in creating connections among people who are committed to abstinence.
  • Taking Steps To Change Unhealthy Habits
  • This will involve constructing a fitness plan that will envelope a clean and healthy structured diet, and a regular sleeping pattern.
  • Health gets the biggest hit when suffering addiction, therefore it's just fitting that it is restored to its tip-top shape.
  • After leaving the rehab facility, engage in an activity that will help you on the road to recovery for about 3 to 6 months.
  • Any activity such as yoga, receiving professional advice, biofeedback, and assistance from people that will help you to continue making progress will be encouraged.
  • 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.
  • 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

Regardless of all the planning you put into this, there is still the possibility you can go back and relapse on the substance. 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. Reversion is mortifying but it doesn't have to be considered a let-down.