learn how to manage your heroin addiction Alaska relapse triggers

How Can I Manage My Triggers?

The heroin crisis is devastating America, and not the least affected is Alaska. Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to overcome heroin addiction Alaska. Through seeking treatment, individuals are able to be rehabilitated and they receive help to overcome their addiction. Unfortunately, many times rehabilitated addicts do not know how to manage their triggers, and thus are unprepared leading to a relapse. There is help available for addicts who are pursuing rehabilitation, or have previously been through rehabilitation, to determine and manage the triggers associated with relapse. Triggers are placed into two main spheres: stress cues linked to past drug experiences, and triggers by being exposed to actual drug use. Triggers can be, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Exposure to the substance itself
  • Seeing people using the substance
  • Being exposed to past places of usage (bars, houses, etc.)
  • Exposure via social media
  • Particular negative emotions (stress, frustration, depression, etc.)

Identify the Triggers

It is a difficult process to identify specific triggers, and to do so would put the addict at risk of being triggered. However, if you or a loved one is being treated for heroin addiction Alaska, it is possible to understand what triggers feel like. The National Institute of Health has identified several feelings that are associated with being triggered.

Physically, you may feel a tightness in the stomach and a feeling of nervousness throughout the body. Mentally, you will remember past times where using heroin was associated with positive feelings, you will begin feeling like you need the substance, and you may begin to formulate plans about finding a place to obtain the substance. If you begin feeling like this, you are at risk of being triggered.

Develop a Community

Recovering is extremely difficult, but luckily, it is not a path you need to walk alone. If you are recovering from heroin addiction Alaska, finding a community that cares about you, and one that can walk through the recovery process with you, is absolutely crucial. You will be able to tell them about your triggers, and have accountability for when you are being triggered. Aspire Health Network is not only committed to providing a place for you to be rehabilitated from heroin addiction Alaska, but also to providing an ongoing community to support you through the process. Trading a poor community that is a bad influence for one that is loving and pushes you to pursue life without addiction is a great way to manage your triggers before getting sucked in.

Find Positive Distractions

Developing a healthy lifestyle can be a great way to manage triggers. Finding hobbies to keep yourself distracted is a great way to fighting relapse when you are triggered. These hobbies can include meditation, going on a run, journaling, drawing, or playing an instrument. Anything that you love to do that benefits you and the world around you can be a great coping mechanism when you are feeling vulnerable to a relapse. This is not only a great way to keep distracted, but is a rehabilitation technique for heroin addiction Alaska. It is sometimes referred to as holistic care. This not only benefits you mentally and emotionally, but sometimes spiritually in the sense that these connect you to your inner self and the world around you. These mechanisms will help you recover and cope with triggers all at once.

Getting Help

If you or someone you know is at any stage in the recovery process (addiction, rehabilitation, relapsed), know that you are not alone in the process. Having a community that is committed regardless of your position in rehabilitation is invaluable, and Aspire Health Network helps by providing a guide to finding the right treatment facility for you.

Do not hesitate to contact us today by calling (844) 338-5046 so that you can call to speak to a specialist regarding your specific needs. Whatever part of the recovery process you or your loved one are at, support is available at Aspire Health Network. Make the phone call today.