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Do Addiction Triggers Ever Go Away?

Do Addiction Triggers Ever Go Away?

There are some things about recovery that are just plain obnoxious. One of those is dealing with triggers everywhere you go. It is hard to be out with friends having a good time (sober) and still have to deal with the triggers popping up. Learn more about triggers, how they work, and how to navigate them when you are out and about.

What is a Trigger

A trigger is something that makes you want to return to using substances. A trigger can be:

  • A memory
  • An event
  • A sensation
  • A feeling
  • A person or group of people

These things can make you want to turn towards drugs or alcohol as a way of coping. The drug or substance becomes a ‘way out,’ of numbing the pain ghat is truly causing the desire to use, but may not be noticeable. Triggers are basically external reflections based on stressful situations. External triggers include envionrmental triggers and social triggers. Coping with them can become easier in recovery if you are willing to do the work it takes to understand them better.

Triggers Are Normal

Triggers are really provacative things, they pop up when you may least expect it and push you towards doing something you don’t want to do. You cannot escape life. If you ever leave your house, you are hit in the face with triggers to use or go back to addictive behaviors. Whatever your cues may be, awareness and context is key. Anyone in recovery has certain people, places, or memories that remind them of drug use. Learning to work through them will be key to healing in recovery.

How to Cope

When people are trapped by triggers they tend to feel lots of emotions like anger, fear, and despair. These chaotic feelings can destroy good efforts to stay the course in recovery. It helps to try these steps to move forward and stay healthy:

  • Identify addiction triggers. This requires developing self-awareness and paying attention to the senses, what is happening around you.
  • Do not repress or try to fight it alone. Be aware and acknowledge the trigger. Count to ten, tell yourself that you are in control and start acting like you are in control of your life.
  • Create a trigger coping plan. To prevent a slip-up, anticipate and avoid troublesome situations. This can include contacting sponsors or people to help and removing yourself from a triggering situation.

It is not possible to avoid all triggers all of the time. The mind and body simply don’t work that way. Over time, you will grow stronger and more capable in recovery of dealing with triggers so that you can focus more on other things in life.

Coping with stressful triggers can bring up anxiety, even depression. If you are struggling to cope with addiction or recovery, we are here to help guide you. Call us to find out how our programs and services can help you recover from addiction: 866-294-9401