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

Triggers And Coping With Them

Fighting The Urge


There are numerous ways for reducing the percentage of lures although it is hard to stay away from them after therapy for dependence is completed.

Deciding to turn your life around and seek help with addiction is a pivotal changing point. 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.

Having to live with temptation, or "triggers", takes determination and a strong sense of mind, but once you know what the trigger are you can work on a plan to prevent them from interfering with your daily life; allowing you to truly focus on a sober life.


There may still be temptation to fall back into the same old habits that put you in rehab in the first place, the struggle is real and something a lot of people experience when they first finish their treatment program.


Recognising The Triggers

It is while you are at the rehab centre that you can make the most crucial decision on how to overcome the challenge. In the course of treatment, addiction counsellors assist patients examine and identify triggers prompting inclination to substance abuse and point them in the direction of post discharge steps to manage withdrawal symptoms and avoid possible relapse.

Speak with use today on 0800 246 1509 if you are in need of addiction treatment of require more help going through the recovery process.


You're unique, so are your specific triggers, except for universal trigger points. They include:

  • Associating With Abusers Of The Drug
  • Frequenting joints where drug and alcohol use is the order of the day not the exception.
  • Intense Emotions Or Emotional Instability
  • Residual depression or anxiety that are left unaddressed greatly predisposes the recovering patient to relapse.
  • Living Situation
  • Another factor that may arouse the desire in you or stimulate the prevailing condition that made the use of these addictive drugs and sedatives common is going back to the same environment, that will weaken your resolution to keep off those substances.
  • Social Surroundings
  • Being in a social situation where alcohol or drugs are being used can trigger an ex-addict into falling back into relapse.
  • You should avoid social scenes in which drugs and alcohol are accessible during initial stages of recovery.
  • Profound Childhood Trauma
  • Surviving strategies are consequence of dysfunctional family situations, childhood mistreatment or shock that will turn into drug overuse.

Supporting an individual with a dependence by locating the precise causes and dealing with them is possible with a cautious and systematic training by a professional dependence counsellor.


Ready to Get Help?

CALL US NOW ON 0800 246 1509



Making A Relapse Proof Plan

There are residential treatments that will offer a very well structured place for patients to be able to stabilize their recovery without any risk. Knowing that this kind of environment is only temporary, it is advised to craft a plan that would function as a deterrent or diversion to any triggers when outside the centre.

This exercise should not be side-lined and should be given time and effort. Trust, cooperation and open communication with the psychotherapist or counsellor are key to crafting an effective recovery/relapse game plan.


You may face some challenging situations and you must plan ahead how to overcome such challenges at the initial stage after leaving the rehab centre for your home. Your resolution to stay sober one day at a time forms a solid foundation during relapse prevention program.

A proper strategy would be as follows:

  • Enlisting the help and support of a close friend or family to ease the burden of transition.
  • As an example, removing everything in the dwelling place that can provoke a high if taken by mouth like cold medication, vanilla extract, concealed bottles of booze, etc.
  • A List Of Anticipated Triggers
  • Keeping a list of things, people and places to avoid in order to keep your sanity are important to make the process easier.
  • Adapting consistent schedule such as 12-step is the way to go.
  • Being honest with those around you, attending 12-step meetings and keeping communication will help construct good support and reliability for your recovery.
  • As part of the twelve-step regimen, surrounding yourself with like-minded people is very instrumental to achieving full recovery.
  • Take Steps To Change Unhealthy Habits
  • Physical fitness, eating nutritious diet, and having enough sleep are activities poised to speed up recovery process.
  • Addiction will often result in mental and physical desperation, so you need to focus on bringing both to a healthy natural balance.
  • 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.
  • Knowing that a lot of relapses happen when you are; Hungry, Angry, Lonely or Tired (the H.A.L.T rule), will help you avoid these feelings and manage the conditions to ensure you stay clear of relapsing.
  • Make a list of the negative things you have experienced whilst addicted, and the positives of being sober.
  • 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.

Finding Support In Recovery

Even the best-laid plans can fail, hence it just makes sense to hope for the best and prepare for the worst. Abstinence gains a major importance once you have fallen back to the substance because it is a sign that the first phase of retrieval is very delicate. Relapse should not be viewed as failure in recovery program.