August 13, 2018 Felicia Durling

Understanding Addiction Triggers to Maintain Sobriety

When the brain is rewired by addiction, it is necessary to find common patterns and triggers that might send you slipping back into the addictive behavior again. Just because you’ve been caught in addiction in the past doesn’t mean that you can’t stay clean. But, maintaining sobriety means that you need to identify your triggers and stay away from those things.

What are Relapse Triggers?

You are done with rehab and enjoying a healthy, sober life. Then, suddenly, something can catch you off guard and leave you flooded with cravings and urges for a drink or a hit. These triggers can be in the form of environmental, social, or emotional factors that remind you of the past alcohol or drub use. Certain cues might bring up the urges that lead down the path to relapse.

Every addict experiences temptation when these triggers arise. But, it doesn’t mean that you need to slip back into addictive behavior again. Instead, it is important that you identify your triggers and have a good plan in place to implement when the temptation pops up.

Long-term drug use means that there is an association in your brain between the drug experiences and daily routines. So, something as simple as a place or an object that was familiar with the drug use could subconsciously prompt the emotional centers of the brain that are associated with the drug use. As a result, cravings come up and you need to be ready to fight those thoughts and cravings.

Avoiding Triggers

In the beginning stages of recovery, it is essential that you are proactive to avoid common triggers. For example, if you are a recovering alcoholic, then you might need to skip social events where friends will be participating in heavy drinking.

As you become more comfortable and confident in your sober lifestyle, then it becomes easy to say no when the triggers are present. But, you always need to be diligent to avoid the common problems that might result in a backwards slide.

Continued support from an addiction recovery team can be essential to help you maintain a sober lifestyle. Talk to us at The Center for Life Change if you need treatment or support. Call today: (951) 775-4000

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