BEING in recovery from addiction is a lifelong journey and it takes hard work and perseverance.
Take it one day at a time and deal with the day as it unfolds.
Understanding and identifying your triggers will benefit any addict in recovery.
A trigger is described as something that will cause you to fall back into the trap of active addiction.
Being able to identify your triggers will equip you with the knowledge of how to deal with your cravings.
There are two categories of triggers – external and internal.
External triggers are divided into three categories.
The first is people, which relates to the old using friends. Next we have places which refers to the places where you used to use it. Lastly there is paraphernalia, also called the “toys” used by addicts to administer their drug(s).
Your internal triggers refer to your emotions that could cause you to crave for your drug of choice.
It is advisable to avoid, stay away from or deal with your triggers in a manner which prevents you from falling back into addiction.
It is imperative to understand that triggers are inevitable and you will encounter them at some or other time in your life.
Cravings are a normal part of the recovery and they should be expected.
How you deal with them will make the difference between relapse and remaining in recovery.