How to Recognize the Triggers to Substance Addiction
One of the first steps to successful and long-term addiction recovery is to stay educated about the things that can cause a relapse. Knowing yourself and what your personal triggers are is also crucial.
The complexities of substance addiction may stack the odds against someone who has struggled with substance abuse in the past, but that is no reason to be discouraged. Here are some ways to recognize when a relapse could be on its way and how to get through it.
Stress and Emotional Feelings
Whether in your personal or professional life, stress can be a trigger that could make someone turn to alcohol or drugs for temporary relief from the uncomfortable feelings that come with stressful situations. Feeling emotional from time to time can also be a trigger. No one can completely avoid feelings of sadness, anger, guilt or loneliness. The following are some ways to get through negative emotions and stressful situations that can trigger a relapse:
- Meditation- practicing mindfulness
- Communication - talk it out with a supportive friend or family member
- Exercise - try calming activities, such as yoga or walking
- Pets - spending time with your pet can be a great support and comfort
Sometimes there are situations in which a person’s environment can trigger a substance abuse relapse. For example, attending a party where alcohol or drugs may be present or living with a friend or relative that is an addict. While it may be difficult to get yourself out of an environment in which drugs and alcohol are present, here are some things you can do:
- Living conditions - find a friend or family member that may be willing to let you stay with them so you can remove yourself from any toxic environments.
- Forgo the parties - while it’s no fun to miss out on parties, it’s less fun to fall into a relapse. If you feel you won’t be able to gain control, decline the invitations.
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