Common Addiction Triggers and How to Manage Them

Addiction is a challenging illness that requires ongoing management, including avoiding and dealing with triggers. A trigger is anything that reminds you of using, or triggers feelings or sensations that cause you to want to use. Triggers can be external, such as certain places, situations and people, or they can be internal, such as stress, sadness or anger. Below we look at some of the most common triggers and ways you can manage them.

1. Stress

Stress is one of the leading causes of relapse. Multiple studies have established that people are more likely to turn to alcohol and drugs when they are stressed. Drug use tends to be a coping mechanism for most people who experience stress. The best way to cope with stress is to manage the source of it. That means you should evaluate the people and experiences around you that may be causing the stress. If you can, try removing the people, places, and things that cause you the stress from your life.

2. Places and People

People and places connected to your addictive behaviour can also act as triggers. For example, if you have friends that you always used to drink with, you may be more likely to relapse when around them. Likewise, some places that remind you of using can also act as triggers.

Whenever people and places remind you of your addiction, it is important to find a way to handle such feelings. For example, if your friends ask you to go for a night out on the weekends, you should be frank with them about your recovery, and be prepared to leave if you feel drawn to using again.

3. Challenging Emotions

We all experience negative and challenging emotions in life. It is how we handle our emotions that play a huge role in living a healthy and purposeful life. When you have negative emotions, it helps to remind yourself that such emotions are unhelpful and should not bring you down.
Start by viewing your emotions as an opportunity for understanding and growth. Keep a record of how you are feeling daily and give a reason for such feelings. Also, try to find a way of dealing with these negative thoughts like listening to music, playing sports, or any other activities you find relaxing. Challenging emotions can also be managed through professional counselling or therapy.

4. Parties and Celebrations

During big events and celebrations like birthdays, weddings or holidays, you are more likely to have a relapse because you naturally feel excited. You may then be more willing to grab a drink or use drugs, and a sense of “just this one time” may kick in. When you are struggling with addiction, however, you may find it difficult to stop once the party is over. In times of celebration, you should try to have trusted loved ones around to help you mitigate and avoid the risk of relapse.

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