Monday, May 21, 2012

Thoughts as Triggers


One of the more difficult aspects of recovery is that we are regularly assaulted by thoughts that make using seem more appealing.  Unfortunately for an addict, these thoughts can be intrusive in the early days of recovery.  Indeed, for some people, they don't subside for quite some time.

Thus, a crucial part of recovery is staying in tune with these thoughts, and recognizing which of them has the potential to act as a relapse trigger.  A relapse trigger can briefly be defined as anything that makes relapse more likely.  While it may seem obvious that thoughts are a necessary prerequisite of relapse, thoughts as triggers is an important area of investigation that everyone in recovery must pursue.

Often, this inquiry involves taking an inventory of one's thoughts and determining which have the emotional power to act as triggers.  Frequently the thoughts that are most likely to lead us to relapse are those that cause an emotional reaction in us, although that reaction doesn't necessarily need to be negative.  In fact, many of us are just as inclined to relapse after very happy thoughts as we are due to very negative thoughts.  The desire to celebrate after a happy thought can be very strong.

The key to avoiding the influence of thoughts as triggers is to be very aware of which thoughts are likely to affect us in that way.  Maintaining a level emotional response to thoughts can then allow us to process any thought in a rational manner.  To attain this level of equanimity, however, often requires the assistance of a counselor.  After you complete your detox at The Coleman Institute, our commitment to aftercare is put into action by finding the right counselor for you in your local area.  Getting the assistance of individual or group counseling can help you to identify emotionally-charged thoughts, and to process them with others before they lead to relapse.

If you or someone you love is struggling with an addiction to alcohol, opiates, benzodiazepines, Methadone, or Suboxone and need detoxification services as well a solid, workable aftercare program to remain sober, please call Jennifer at The Coleman Institute at 1.877.77.33869 (DETOX)

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