5 Simple Tips for Managing Triggers in Recovery

5 Simple Tips for Managing Triggers in Recovery

Completing treatment for an addiction is a triumph, but the real work starts as soon as you walk out the door. Recovery is a life-long commitment to living free from drugs and alcohol.

During your recovery, you will experience cravings, the need to numb out or escape, and perhaps even to feel something else than you are currently feeling.

Triggers come in many different forms: people, events, emotions. So, what can you do in these situations?

Here are some tips for tackling triggers during recovery.

Identify your personal triggers

Everyone is different; thus, their triggers will be too. Some triggers can be seeing someone else drunk or high, getting paid, the end of a long day or work week, arguments, or plain boredom. Make a list to highlight your triggers, it’ll help realize what’s happening if you start to feel triggered or have an urge to slip out of your recovery.

Know what works for you

Don’t think that triggers and cravings are not a real part of recovery. Instead, realize what your triggers are, and stay open to anything that may surprise you. Create a plan for when you feel yourself being triggered.

Practice your plan

The old saying of “practice makes perfect” goes together with overcoming your triggers. To save yourself from a rough day, temporary lapse, or full relapse back to substance abuse, try role-playing. Even if it’s just with yourself in the mirror. Practicing what you will do when you feel like using again will help to ensure for a successful life in recovery


Take care of yourself

Eating well and sleeping well will help you handle triggers more easily. Having a balanced diet, work-life, and enough rest will also help you be aware of your emotions. Taking action but not reacting to your triggers gets you back into the driver’s seat. Remember H.A.L.T. Tired? Rest. Hungry? Eat. Upset? Talk to a loved one. Lonely? Reach out.

Don’t test yourself

There’s no need to test yourself. If you know walking by a bar will trigger you, for example, don’t walk by a bar to see if your recovery is as strong as you believe it to be. When you pinpoint your current triggers, are aware of what you are working with, practice a plan, and take care of yourself, you are managing your triggers.

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Recovery is a long road, but it is a chance to form new relationships, new hobbies, and a new life. If you need any assistance during your recovery, call our 24/7 hotline.




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