Recovering from a drug or alcohol addiction requires a lot of hard work from a former addict, ensuring that every aspect of their lifestyle is conducive to their recovery. Avoiding relapse is critical during recovery, and knowing what can trigger those relapses is the first and most important step to prevention. Triggers are any situation that can induce stress, leading to thoughts, feelings, or actions involving drugs and alcohol. At Boca House, a sober living facility for men, we teach you how to manage and avoid triggers that lead to substance abuse relapse.
There are internal and external triggers that can bring on stress and anxiety. Internal triggers include negative memories, upsetting or overwhelming feelings, physical pain, and stress. This can be managed with discussion and therapy.
External triggers may seem a little easier to control. Manage your external triggers by being selective in the people, places and situations you allow yourself around.
Examples of external triggers for avoiding relapse:
-An old friend who you used drugs or alcohol with
-A street or building in which you used to acquire your substance of choice
-Being around bottles of alcohol or drug paraphernalia
-A party with people who are drinking
-Listening to music in which you used drugs to
-Sporting events or concerts that could motivate you to use
-Places in which you would frequently use drugs or drink
Becoming aware of your triggers is the first step to preventing them, and avoiding relapse. Boca House helps you to identify what it is that triggers you so that you can have a successful recovery.