While in recovery, it is important to understand the threat of relapse and take active steps to combat relapse triggers. Relapse can occur when a person returns to using drugs or alcohol after a period of sobriety and typically occurs after a trigger.
Triggers are difficult emotions, feelings or experiences that challenge one’s ability to manage their addiction. Unfortunately, triggers are an unavoidable part of the recovery process, so it is important to be aware of what to do when you experience them.
We have three tips to help you cope with relapse triggers while on your recovery journey:
1. Recognize Your Triggers
Everyone has different triggers and the first part of coping with them is acknowledging them. For some people it might be an emotion, family member, a specific place, an old hobby, etc.
We understand that it is probably very difficult to think about your triggers but naming them will help you in taking active steps to cope with them.
Accountability is a powerful tool to help you in your recovery journey. You can find accountability from many sources such as therapy, support groups, etc. Be honest and transparent with those you trust about your triggers before you experience them.
And when you encounter them, reach out and allow your community to speak truth and hope into your season of life.
3. Create a Strategy
It is important to come up with a strategy that you can use when you run into triggers. Everyone has different coping strategies, but find something that keeps you grounded like exercise, journaling, calling your sponsor, sports, mediating, or art.
Before you encounter a trigger, decide what your strategy will be for handling it. This will help you more effectively manage your triggers.
About Spero Health
If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse disorder, Spero Health offers local, affordable, and comprehensive outpatient addiction treatment. We integrate evidence-based physician services, counseling, and recovery support services to create a unique approach designed for each individual.
For more information, please call 866-755-4258 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.