Triggers are Different for EveryoneTriggers can be almost anything, and they differ from one person to the next. For example, maybe there’s a certain individual—an old friend or a former partner—whose presence in your life is triggering. Maybe the workplace triggers you, your desire to perform stressing and taxing you. Or maybe returning to a location from your past—a house or apartment where you once lived—can be triggering. Identifying your triggers is not always easy, but there are some common signs you can be alert for. For example, triggers sometimes come with physical symptoms, such as tightness in your stomach or a general feeling of tension in your body. There are also psychological signs to account for—including:
- Thinking about how good you felt back when you used drugs or alcohol;
- Reminiscing about times you spent doing drugs or alcohol in the past;
- Planning ways to obtain drugs or alcohol today; or
- Feeling like you need to use those substances to feel good again.