How to Quit Drinking Alcohol and Be Mindful of Addiction Triggers

How to Quit Drinking Alcohol and Be Mindful of Addiction Triggers

Are you ready to stop an addiction to alcohol and live a healthier, happier life? Our professional team at Passages Malibu drug and alcohol rehab is prepared to help. But unfortunately, alcohol addiction is widespread, and we know you’re probably feeling completely hopeless. That’s why we focus on the journey of healing through a one-on-one, non-12-step holistic program that includes living inside our luxury treatment facility in Malibu, California.

Attending a non-12-step program is much more beneficial than wasting time in 12-step meetings and going through the demoralizing process required to be part of such a community. Still, we also understand every person’s preferences, and although it is unhealthy, some people still prefer to be labeled “addict” or “alcoholic.” At Passages, we believe these toxic labels keep individuals from blossoming into their full potential and prevent them from healing completely.

Quitting alcohol is a great start but will not heal you completely. Many other factors are at play in your development of an addiction and a lot of pain that needs healing. Therefore, you must address every aspect of your life on all levels. Only then will you take the steps necessary to completely break free from alcohol abuse and take the first few steps toward creating a life you can feel proud of.

Understanding what could bring you back to your drug of choice is the key to preventing relapse. Triggers are events, situations, or feelings that cause you to want your addiction after becoming clean.

While you can never separate yourself from triggers (since they vary and depend on your present environment), understanding and dealing with them healthily might help you avoid relapse and end your alcohol or drug addiction.

The best way to maintain a clean and sober lifestyle is to identify, acknowledge, and then deal with the things that could cause a setback. But how can you identify your triggers?

Triggers can be anything, such as:

  • Situations in society that support or encourage drug or alcohol usage
  • People who used to facilitate your drug or alcohol usage or supply you with drugs or alcohol
  • Emotional issues that you frequently ignored by using drugs or alcohol
  • Situations that are traumatic reverting to previous habits and behaving in the manner in which you used to when you often used drugs or alcohol
  • Going back to areas where you used to get high or intoxicated
  • Setbacks can also be caused by physical items (for example, everyday spoons can spark memories of drug use in former heroin users)

Triggers can be people, places, activities, or even things that cause you to crave your drug of choice or return you to the emotional state that caused you to use it in the first place.

A trigger might be something you do on purpose or an environment you place yourself in (for example, being around individuals who still use drugs while attempting to quit), but it can also be inadvertent. In addition, triggers might be unique to each individual.

They can be unique to you and evolve as your life does. Therefore, it is critical to recognize and accept the things you individually find triggering and then take the appropriate precautions to avoid putting yourself in circumstances or events that trigger you.

Other high-risk scenarios to be aware of include the following:

  • Parties, dining with friends, and dancing at a club where drugs will be used are all options.
  • Anniversaries or significant occasions that evoke strong emotions
  • Hanging around with active drug users or drug addicts who abuse drugs or alcohol regularly (even if they aren’t actively using, their behavior might allow your addictive characteristics)

HALT, which stands for HUNGRY, ANGRY, LONELY, TIRED, may be used to identify the most prevalent triggers. These feelings are significant triggers for many people.

Recognizing your triggers can be challenging in recovery since it frequently necessitates substantially altering aspects of your life. For example, if you have several friends who continue to use their drug of choice regularly, being around those individuals will be very triggering for you. As a result, stopping seeing such individuals would be the first step toward facilitating your rehabilitation.

It may be highly emotional and tiring to cut connections with friends and even family members, physically avoid locations you used to frequent all the time, and be hyper-aware of the things in your life that could support or enable your drug addiction.

The best approach to helping you stay clean is to break free from your current lifestyle and develop new, better habits for yourself. You have 24/7 nursing and residential support from our caring and professional staff members. You are set up in a tranquil environment where you can heal in a clean and safe space that provides you with the tools you need to create a new and healthier lifestyle.

How to Contact Passages Malibu Today:

Call Passages Addiction Treatment Centers if you or a loved one is battling an addiction to drugs and alcohol. Our admissions department is available 24/7 and can be reached directly by calling our toll-free number (888) 397–0112. We look forward to speaking with you soon.

Passages, Where Addiction Ends and Life Begins™

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