Recognizing Triggers

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If we can learn to identify our triggers and stop them in their tracks, before they induce craving, we have a much better chance to stay sober.

Triggers are unavoidable, regardless of the addiction. Think about alcoholics driving past billboard ads for beer, scotch, and vodka. Think about drug addicts watching television crime dramas where the “perps” are selling or using drugs. Think about all the attractive people (i.e., potential sexual partners) that a sex addict sees on a daily basis. Then think about any addict at all dealing with the rollercoaster of life and the emotions it induces. Triggers are everywhere, and, as addicts, there is nothing we can do about that fact beyond learning to recognize them and deal with them in healthy ways when they occur.

Just for Today:
Think of your three most common triggers, and three healthy ways you can deal with each of them.