One of the challenges that individuals in drug addiction treatment need to cope with is how to break the cycle of triggers that lead to cravings and relapse. Unless a recovering addict has tools to effectively deal with these psychological urges, a relapse is a very real possibility.
Unlike cancer, which can go into remission and a patient is declared disease-free in between episodes, those with the disease of addiction need to deal with their issue on a daily basis and make sure that it stays closely monitored and under control. It can be more closely related to diabetes, which requires close monitoring for an individual to stay healthy and avoid serious health consequences.
What Is the Cycle of Triggers in Addiction?
Triggers can be anything that reminds an addict of their addiction and then makes them think about using or drinking. This type of behavior is not limited to addicts. All of us respond to sights, sounds, smells and situations we find ourselves in that trigger us to do certain things.
For a person who is not an addict, walking or driving past a restaurant where good times were spent hanging out as a teen will trigger pleasant memories that may lead to stopping in for a cup of coffee or a meal.
Just about everyone can relate to the sensation of having their mouth water at the smell of something delicious baking, whether it is in someone’s home, a bakery or in a grocery store. It doesn’t matter how long ago their last meal was, the smell of something yummy starts to trigger the urge to taste whatever is in the oven.
For addicts, the cycle of triggers can be walking by a bar where they used to drink or going near a place where they bought drugs. They may also be triggered by being around people who are still using drugs or alcohol.
Emotions can also be a trigger for recovering addicts. People who are used to using chemicals to help them deal with difficult situations by allowing them to tune out or numb their feelings may find that times of high stress may act as triggers.
Extended Care For Dealing With Triggers
At The Dunes East Hampton, our substance abuse treatment program addresses any and all addiction triggers. We place each one of our clients on a customized plan created specifically for them. This plan may be adjusted as the client adjusts and grows. We build out a long-term recovery plan for our clients to help them successfully get through triggers and prevent relapse.
Our long term drug rehab in NY was developed to ensure that our graduates have access to help and support for life.
Contact us today to find out more about this or any of our other customized programs.
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