Talking About Triggers in Group Meetings

If you’ve ever been through addiction and subsequent recovery, then you’ve probably learned a thing or two about triggers. Triggers are things – people, places, events, sights, smells, dreams, emotions, or what have you that trigger us into thinking about substance use again, or worse, not thinking and acting on those triggers.

One of the key plans in relapse prevention is taking the time necessary to learn more about the self – finding out what makes you tick, what makes you mad, sad, angry, lonely, (as well as all the good emotions). What you want to understand about yourself is what triggers you? What makes you not want to face the world and go running back to the escape?

It’s hard to think about it like that, but it’s the truth. There are things none of us like to deal with or face. There are plenty of things we simply haven’t learned how to deal with or face during our precious time here on earth. That’s why it’s so important to face the facts about yourself and learn those triggers.

When we take this time to learn about ourselves we can often head off relapse and the return of addiction and dependence. For example, maybe for some of us, a trigger is being spoken to a certain way. When people, especially certain people take a tone with us that we’re all too familiar with, instead of facing that problem, we can shut down, want to escape by any means.

Right? Well, recovery is all about learning how to deal or cope with things in a different way. Instead of accepting the way someone is talking to us and dealing with it by going back to substance use, we’ve got to learn to not allow this person or any person to speak to us that way, right? We either stand up for ourselves, remove this person from our lives, or remove ourselves from that situation as it comes up.

This is just one example and of course it’s much harder than we’re making it sound now. But, if you already know what it takes because you’ve been learning about your triggers and how-to better cope with them, then you’re already one step ahead!

Who’s got triggers they want to share and discuss the way they’ve learned to deal with them?

N.D. “The 10 Most Common Addiction Relapse Triggers". The Cabin. (website). 2018
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