Schedule: Monday - Sunday - 00:00 - 24:00

Triggers And Coping With Them

Fighting The Urge


You can engage in these activities to reduce your exposure to circumstances that will lead to relapse, although staying clear of what will stimulate the dependence is hard.

Existence can be very different once one decides to go through therapy for dependence. Treatment and detox facilities will aid you in your recovery, they will give you a clear path to go down, but the real work starts when you are on your own, trying to stay clean.

You can overcome this challenge permanently if you can know what causes you reliance on drugs and how to resist despite the fact that determination and self-control are needed.


If you have just begun the journey to overcome your addiction, you may find it difficult to say "No" when you are faced with the choice of taking alcohol or drugs.


Your Triggers And Spotting Them

Planning step by step procedures to take, and how to avoid certain triggers is something usually done whilst still in a treatment environment. To control and keep away possible provocations, dependence retrieval counsellors work with patients to inspect the provocations that caused the compulsion and deal with them while attending the course of the therapy program.

Feel free to reach us on 0800 246 1509, we are more than willing to extend help in finding your treatment centre.


Triggers are different from person to person, but some are pretty common. They include:

  • Maintaining Friendships With Those Still Using The Substance
  • Frequenting joints where drug and alcohol use is the order of the day not the exception.
  • Extreme Emotional States
  • There may be the desire to overcome some negative feelings such as stress, dejection, and unnecessary worries by using drugs or taking alcohol.
  • Living Situation
  • Pull of the past revives previous addiction, if you continue to engage in compromising behaviours that triggered substance use in specific settings and in the company of the occupants of the place.
  • Social Activities
  • Another thing that can wake the feeling from slumber is attending social functions where these substances are served and are in abundance.
  • Everywhere where drug or alcohol is used should be an "off-limits" for an addict who is just trying to break the destructive habit.
  • Profound Childhood Trauma
  • Child abuse and family break ups are elements that set in motion return to substance abuse to relieve the pain develop into substance abuse.

Solicit assistance from a professional addiction counsellor to show you productive ways of identifying specific triggers and how to manage the situation through engaging your creative mind on positive actions.


Ready to Get Help?

CALL US NOW ON 0800 246 1509



Creating A Relapse Avoidance Plan

Residential addiction therapy programs take place in controlled risk free setting which promotes quick recovery process. Getting involved in an outside treatment program is the best way to avoid unwanted obstacles that may stand in your way of a new and sober life.

The effort required to put together a full proof plan is entirely personal, and should not be underestimated. Whatever may serve as obstacle can easily be overcome if you have a candid discussion with a counsellor without hiding your feelings so the you can be helped to map out a plan that will help you overcome the obstacles and put your addiction behind you.


The addict that's at the early stages of retrieval may have to face numerous lures especially when leaving the clinic to return home and this has to be tackled in advanced. Figuring out how to stay sober in a daily routine is the main goal for developing a relapse plan of prevention.

A physical list of your anticipated triggers:

  • Speaking to a supportive member of family, or close friend to help you in times when temptation is the hardest.
  • Vanilla extract, bottles of alcohol, or anything that may.
  • List Of Potential Triggers
  • Being aware of all the people, places or other triggers that may arise in your life will help you know when to stay away and not put your recovery into jeopardy.
  • 12-step Meeting and Sponsored Help
  • Being honest with those around you, attending 12-step meetings and keeping communication will help construct good support and reliability for your recovery.
  • Another positive side of the 12-step process is the opportunity to gain friendly association with people who will contribute to the success of the treatment you receive from the centre.
  • Being Conscious About Changing Negative Conducts
  • This will involve constructing a fitness plan that will envelope a clean and healthy structured diet, and a regular sleeping pattern.
  • Re-establishing psychological and physical health is very important for a complete retrieval.
  • 3-6 months outpatient programs are the best post discharge pledge programs.
  • Patients that just got clean will benefit from enduring therapy aspects like counselling, biofeedback, yoga, and general help.
  • Managing Hunger, Anger, Loneliness or being Tired (HALT approach) effectively also helps the patient in avoiding relapse.
  • Put down the benefits and burdens of staying sober for tracking purposes on paper.
  • Make sure that this list is kept handy as you will never know when you need reminders of the bad aspects you felt when addicted to the substance.

Looking For Help With Recovery

There is the tendency to go back to the drug or alcohol despite all these plans. If for some reasons you have succumbed to relapse, consider it as a hump on the road to recovery and let that setback be a springboard to bounce back even stronger. Relapse should not be viewed as failure in recovery program.