Recognize other ways of dealing with stressful situations in order to avoid drinking or using your substance of choice.
Addiction triggers are people, places, or events that remind us of a reason we often used to drink or use drugs. Whether it’s booze on New Years, a cigarette to relieve stress when stuck in traffic, or compulsive eating at a party to soothe social anxiety, all addicts have triggers. These memories don’t necessarily cause us to drink or use, but they remind us of the elation or release we previously felt when drinking or using. This simple two-step process for identifying and reacting to addiction triggers was very helpful to me in early sobriety. (If it doesn’t resonate with you, check out our other post on 5 Ways to Approach Triggering Emotions.)