For those who are in recovery, relapse is a very real threat—but it’s by no means inevitable. One of the key steps to avoid relapse, and to keep your sobriety in place, is to know what your emotional triggers are.

A trigger is anything that makes you want to use drugs or alcohol again. Triggers differ from one person to the next, but there are some fairly common ones to be aware of.

Common Triggers for Addiction Relapse

  1. 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.
  2. Stress.The stress of school, work, or family responsibilities can often be triggering. Having a stress management plan is crucial!
  3. New responsibilities. Along the same lines, getting a new promotion or job can often be incredibly stressful—and thus, taxing.
  4. Mental or physical illness. Anything that compromises your wellbeing can potentially cause a relapse.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Social isolation. You need a support system—and without it, the relapse risk increases sharply.
  8. 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.

Know what your triggers are—and speak with your therapist about how to manage them and avoid relapse. Talk to one of our caring, compassionate providers today by contacting Seacliff Recovery.

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