Navigating Addiction Triggers and Stress to Protect Your Sobriety

Once you’ve completed a residential rehab program, your addiction recovery team may talk to you about moving into a sober living arrangement. These sober living homes offer a safe and drug-free environment for individuals to live during their first few months of sobriety to reduce the risk of relapse.

Sober living homes also provide a structured environment where you can practice the skills that you learned during inpatient care. Many sober living facilities emphasize the importance of recognizing and navigating your personal addiction triggers as a crucial step before independent living.

You can’t isolate yourself from the world during recovery, but you can learn how to respond to your environment and stress without falling back into destructive patterns.

While your addiction recovery team will likely develop a personalized plan of care based on your medical history, here are a few of the most common strategies for navigating potential addiction triggers.

(1) Become more aware.

The first step in managing addiction triggers is to investigate the environmental cues that prompt drug and alcohol cravings. Some of the most common triggers include things that you see (people drinking alcohol or abusing drugs) or even experiences such as feeling lonely or pressured at work. For many people, the urge to use and abuse substances eventually evolves into an automatic response to certain stimuli. The first step in breaking this cycle is to simply become more mindful of your surroundings – and yourself.

(2) Create an action plan for different triggers.

Once you’ve created a list of your personal addiction triggers, work with your recovery team to outline how you would respond to those triggers in a healthy way. By planning in advance, you’ll feel more confident in your ability to protect your sobriety and less likely to give into your impulses and cravings.

(3) Make stress management part of your daily routine.

Experiencing stress is one of the most common addiction triggers and it can be caused by many different types of situations – both personal and professional. Given that stressful situations can pop up out of the blue, it’s important to learn and practice stress management techniques on a regular basis. Going to the gym, taking a walk and attending 12-step meetings are some of the most popular – but find what works best for you.

Sober Living at Infinity Malibu

To help bridge the gap between inpatient care and independent living, our Agoura Hills transitional sober living residence can help provide the continued support you need during recovery. At our gated facility, you can safely practice sober living skills, including addiction trigger management, surrounded by your peers and a team of experienced addiction professionals. To learn more about our addiction treatment services, call (888) 266-9048.

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