Thursday, April 26, 2012

Feelings as Triggers

When you're in recovery, it sometimes seems as if you are walking on a tightrope.  One slip and you imagine you could go tumbling off the wire, hurtling into the depths.  In this case, however, those depths involve falling back into your addiction and all of the pain it causes.

The tightrope walker learns in his or her training to recognize the bodily cues that indicate a loss of balance, and then to quickly correct them in order to avoid falling.  Similarly, in recovery we must be very aware of those events, both internal and external, that might cause us to fall back into our addiction.  These we label as triggers, and we keep them at the forefront of our mind in order to be vigilant when they do occur.

Relapse triggers are different for everyone, but since we all experience emotions, feelings as triggers is a phenomenon that most people in recovery have to deal with at some point.  Almost any feeling can act as a trigger, and which feelings have the most sway over your decision to use depends on your personality.

Some people experience stress and feel a strong desire to use in order to reduce those unpleasant feelings.  Others may feel most inclined to use when they get good news; they may feel the need to "celebrate" by using their drug of choice.  The key to a successful recovery is to be aware of which feelings can act most potently as triggers for you.

Identifying feelings as triggers, and then remaining vigilant about their occurrence is something a treatment center like The Coleman Institute can help with.  Specializing in alcohol, opiate, benzodiazepine, methadone, chronic pain, and suboxone detox, the Coleman Institute is also committed to quality aftercare at the conclusion of your detox.  Whether it is an inpatient, outpatient, counselor, or 12 step meeting that is right for you, their trained staff will see that you get the right fit for you.  Emotions shouldn't get the best of you and they are committed to helping you help yourself through quality aftercare! 

If you or someone you love is in need of detox and then referral to a quality aftercare program, please call Jennifer at The Coleman Institute at 1.877.77.DETOX (1.877.773.3869).  We're waiting to hear from you!  

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