AOD – What Are ‘Triggers’ In Relapse Prevention?
In AOD a ‘trigger’ within relapse prevention refers to situations or stimuli which provoke patterns of thoughts, feelings and behavior which raise the risk of problematic alcohol and other drug use.
This can include “high risk situations” such as being within a bar setting, or it can include stressors such as family and relationship conflict.
Carefully identifying triggers and developing appropriate strategies and interventions to lessen their impact are a key part of relapse prevention.
Strategies can include mindfulness and accepting approaches which focus on cultivation acceptance of negative feelings as well as challenging approaches which involve analysing the thoughts and beliefs provoked in triggering situations.
Although part of the problems repetition prevention may involve avoiding triggers at first, one of the key goals of treatment is to learn to manage triggers environments through effective strategies so as to participate in social and other everyday activities.
If you are interested to learn more, here is our article about addiction in treatment.
Some other relevant articles on the topic of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.
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