Staying sober isn’t as simple as staying away from drugs. There are many things that can go wrong in maintaining one’s sobriety, such as experiencing a surge of cravings, feeling depressed or bored, or unexpectedly finding oneself in a situation where you’re surrounded by drug users and access to drugs. All these can result in a relapse, the number one fear of recovering problem users. To describe the things that causes relapse, addiction experts use the term ‘triggers.’
Triggers are any “thing, person or place” that cause the person to pick up and use again, leading to an end of the individual’s sobriety. Although each problem user has their own unique set of triggers, there are universal triggers that have been studied for years, which are:
• Being with friends or family who use substances constantly, or finding oneself in social situations where drug and alcohol use is common
• Being in an emotional state, such as depression, feeling high levels of stress, anxiety or frustration. These states can be so unpleasant that the person longs for drugs in order to revert back to a mind-altered state
• Difficult living conditions, such as being isolated or lonely, or amid a dysfunctional family; this can also include boredom, as boredom often leads to drug use as a way of finding excitement in life
• Environments where drugs are common; places like bars, house parties and raves, are a danger zone for those trying to stay sober. Drugs are available and often free, so who’s to stop a recovering problem user who is craving a drink or “hit?” A person’s will must be perfect, and many are not ready for that test
• Childhood trauma or strong memories of the past that continue to linger in a person’s life are common triggers that result in relapse, such as previous child abuse, living with a broken heart, death of a loved one, or PTSD can lead to drug/alcohol abuse to numb those feelings.
Florida Center for Recovery assists patients in restoring their lives by embracing a way of life based upon the 12-Step principles of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA) and by applying a variety of recovery therapies.
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