12 Steps: Triggers in Drug and Alcohol Recovery — Relapse Prevention


Jen: One of the things we’ve learned over
time and through studies is that there are internal triggers that occur long before anyone
picks up a drug or a drink. Debbie: Usually with someone who relapses
a lot, it’s something inside, something you can’t get over or deal with.
Jen: And those are internal things that happen in terms of the changing in one’s thinking,
a change in attitude, something like complacency or feeling as though there’s no program that
can help them. When we begin to get these distorted thought or emotions, that’s an internal
trigger. When we talk about external triggers, those
are behavioral changes, things that we begin to do differently that symbolize a change
and a potential relapse, things like stopping going to meetings or not calling your sponsor.
Most people believe that a relapse is, “Well, I’ve picked up and used, and that’s it,” but
there’s so much more to relapse then just picking up and using.
Andrew: There are a million chances to stop before you go and pick up that drink.
Jen: A relapse occurs weeks, sometimes months before the actual substance is ingested. WE
really want to arm our guests with as much information and knowledge as possible so that
they can begin to identify those triggers and those warning signs when they happen,
so that they can use the tools of recovery to keep themselves safe, and to keep themselves
sober.

6 thoughts on “12 Steps: Triggers in Drug and Alcohol Recovery — Relapse Prevention

  • When you call them guests it makes it sound like they were invited for treatment at no charge. Maybe client would be better.

  • Hey Brian, thanks for your comment! We want all who come through our doors to feel welcome and at home. We call those who stay at our facility guests, because that's how we view them. To us, they are not just clients but valued guests in our home.

  • i have been clean and sober for 33 years.  i used to go to duffys for their weekend retreats.  i knew mr. duffy and i learned a lot from him.  one thing  that makes me sad is i was raised by these oldtimers like duffy. i was taught the 2 words that dont belong in the addiction vocabulary is "relapse" and "slip". the reason why is it takes away of holding oneself accountable of being responsible of owning our choices.  if you look up the 2 words in the dictionary you will see why they are nothing but excuses. each person is responsible in choosing to pick up that drink or not.  AA never gave a garuntee to keep one sober.  what AA does is offer a new way of living.  there are so many things in AA that have been watered down becuz and i have seen it and heard it and i remember the oldtimers back in my day say never lose your focus and that is just CHOOSE not to pick up that first drink one day at a time and the rest will fall into place as it should.  the oldtimers back in my day said i always had choices even when i was out there just as much as i do today.  remember each one of us owns our choices. to believe or even use the word relapse or slip is a form of denial. there are no more exuces when each one of us walk thru the doors of being clean and sober. stay in reality nothing,, not even any kind of reason to try to pick up on not working one of the steps or whatever or who ever can make you drink. you have that freedom of choice. do give it up.

  • I SPENT THE ENTIRE DAY IN THE HOUSE !
    ON YESTERDAY, I TOOK 70-DOLLARS OUT WITH ME WITH THE intenTION OF PURCHASING some PAMPERS FOR MY GRAND-KIDS. BY NIGHT'S END, I SPENT ALL THAT MONEY ON DRUGS, ALCHOHOL AND PROSTITUTION .
    ALL OF THE ABOVE R ILLEGAL AND SHOULD BE A GOOD REASON TO QUIT !!
    IT WILL APPEAR THAT IM A REALLY SICK PERSON. STILL::-IM THINKING THAT I CAN do THIS RECOVERY THING ON MY OWN . WITH THIS SICK MIND. WITH. MY SAME PATTERNS OF THOUGHT. WITH ALL MY LUSTS AND ENTICES. AND I THINK THAT I CAN DO THIS THING ON MY OWN,- FOR OVER 25–YEARS !!
    IF I DONT STOP CRACK, CRACK WILLL STOP ME !
    THEN I PRAY ! I PRAY AND SOON AS ' MOST HIGH ' STARTS TO INTERCEDE THROUGH ' HOLY SPRIT ' —- I JUMP SHIP !! O WHAT A WRETCHED PERSON IVE BECAME , DOING THE THINGS THAT I DON'T WANT TO DO AND NOT DOING THAT THAT I WANT TO !!
    SO;– WHO THEN IS THAT ' ALMIGHTY ' WHOM I ALWAYS TALK ABOUT ? MAYBE, JUST MAYBE;—I MAY BE PLAYING THE PART OF THAT ' ALMIGHTY ', WHOM I ALWAYS TALK ABOUT ! SO, I PRAY TO MYSELF AND EXPECT ALL THE answerS THE WAY THAT I WANT.
    SO; STILL;– I ASK FOR FORGIVENESS AND JUST FOR ONE DAY AT A TIME– I WILL TRY AGAIN !!!
    THANK YOU.
    THANK U VERY MUCH !!!!

  • ON MY WEAKNESS :
    GROWING UP, I WAS NEVER AN AGGRESSIVE PERSON. many PERSONS THOOUGHT THAT I LACKED THE AGGRESSION , THAT IS ASSOCIATED WITH BEING A MAN AND I WONDER IF THAT IS THE REASON WHY I GET SO PARANOID, WHEN I SMOKE THAT SHIT;– SOO I KEEP GOING BACK, HOPING THAT I WOULD BE BRAVER THE ' next ' TIME !

    ( WILL CONTINUE…)

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