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5 Tips for Managing Triggers During Recovery

Posted on :  April 10th, 2014  |  By :  towardsrecovery

Recovering from addiction is a long and difficult process, much like recovering from any disease. One of the toughest aspects of recovery is anticipating the opportunities for temptation.

People will always feel stronger and more resilient on some occasions than on others, and managing your triggers during the latter kind is an absolutely key part of the recovery process.

Here are five tips for managing triggers during addiction treatment.

Isolate your personal triggers

Naturally, there are some universal situations under which many recovering addicts feel most triggered to fall off the wagon, but not all addicts are the same, and you are the best authority on the situations under which you are likely to feel tempted.

Identify these personal situations so that, if you have no choice but to go near them, you can do so in a prepared and informed way.

Denial is not your friend

Triggers are to be expected. Do not allow yourself to think that they may not affect you, or are not a real risk to your progress.

You must know, within yourself, that you are going to have to confront them at some point during your recovery, so don’t go in blind.

Be aware also that some triggers may reveal themselves at any time. You cannot anticipate all of them, so stay aware at all costs.

Rehearse your trigger tactics

Deeply ingraining a trigger plan into yourself can be a great way to autopilot yourself into a safe situation next time a triggering situation strikes.

Have a set plan of action in place, and be sure to rehearse it every day, even if you have to do so in the mirror. You need to know it backwards.

Lead a healthy lifestyle

Recovering addicts are much more likely to respond appropriately to triggers when they are well rested, nourished, and generally leading a healthy lifestyle and taking care of themselves properly.

Beyond the physical side of things, you also have an obligation to yourself to keep yourself as happy and emotionally balanced as possible.

Avoid stress where possible, and be sure to keep in contact with loved ones when you feel a little sensitive.

Don’t walk knowingly into a triggering situation

Recovering from addiction is a test in and of itself. Do not get overly ambitious and try to test yourself by walking yourself straight into triggering circumstances.

There is no need, and what’s more, triggers can generate further triggers.

If you need further help for managing triggers during recovery from addiction, and live in the Hamilton area, then contact Towards Recovery on 519-579-0589.


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