Common Triggers for Addiction Relapse
- HALT situations. The HALT acronym stands for hungry, angry, lonely, and tired. When you find yourself in any one of these vulnerable states, it increases your risk of making a bad, desperate decision.
- Stress.The stress of school, work, or family responsibilities can often be triggering. Having a stress management plan is crucial!
- New responsibilities. Along the same lines, getting a new promotion or job can often be incredibly stressful—and thus, taxing.
- Mental or physical illness. Anything that compromises your wellbeing can potentially cause a relapse.
- Negative emotions. Feeling guilty, ashamed, sad, or angry can sometimes be triggering. You cannot avoid these feelings, of course, but you can work to manage them in a constructive way. Therapy is a good start.
- Overconfidence.It’s important to be confident in your recovery, but it’s also important to recognize that relapse is a possibility. You’re not impervious to it, and need to be ready to fight it.
- Social isolation. You need a support system—and without it, the relapse risk increases sharply.
- Social situations with drugs or alcohol. Finally, be aware that social scenarios where drugs and alcohol are attainable are always going to be triggering to some degree.