Trigger Management: Why It’s Critical In Recovery

Addiction often becomes associated with different personal, environmental, social, or emotional stimuli. These stimuli can become what are called triggers. A trigger is essentially defined as something which brings about the desire to engage in substance use. Triggers can actually bring back drug-seeking, and drug wanting, undesirable behavior, and can be extremely detrimental to a person’s sobriety if they are not handled appropriately. 

Common Types of Triggers

Each individual’s triggers can vary widely depending upon their different circumstances, but they are generally associated with some memory or situation that is linked to past substance use or addictive behavior. The more common triggers are:

Triggers are very personal to each person, and they can also be numerous. And while some common relapse triggers are obvious, others are less straightforward. Here are examples of some of the more obvious triggers:

HALT: Hungry, Angry, Lonely, Tired

Avoiding becoming too hungry, angry, lonely, or tired is commonly viewed as one of the more obvious triggers. To combat these feelings it’s advised to take actions such as planning meals, getting enough sleep and staying on a routine schedule, avoiding toxic situations and people that can spark anger, and getting the social support you need. Social triggers are also easier to identify. For example, going to a bar or party and seeing someone using a substance can be a trigger for some people. Encountering a friend or significant other who either uses or prompts feelings in you to use, or a recurring situation that makes you want to resort to drugs or alcohol in order to cope with the feelings associated with the situation can all be social triggers. 

However, other triggers are less straightforward, like those involving emotions. Emotional triggers can be the harder ones to immediately identify because most addicts used drugs and alcohol to suppress and avoid them. There can be several different emotions that can potentially be triggers for someone, such as grief, low-self esteem, stress, frustration, or anxiety. Are there times where it will be unavoidable to get stressed? Yes. But remember, there are several tools you can implement to help manage these circumstances. Remember, your recovery is the most important thing, and having help, like trigger management to protect your sobriety is critical. 

Addiction, Treatment and Recovery

Trigger management is necessary in a treatment program and while there can be many triggers in a person’s environment, when they have a plan and can manage them correctly, they can protect their recovery. Overcoming addiction is tough, but with the right treatment center, recovery plan, and a desire for a healthier life, it can be achieved. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or substance use disorder and a mental health condition, get help today. Addiction makes you feel isolated, but you are not alone. Contact us today at 1-833-2DAYLIGHT to begin the first day of the rest of your life.