Your Recovery Plan: Have You Mapped Out Your Addiction Triggers?

September 19, 2016
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Addict developing a list of addiction triggersIf you’re on a path to addiction recovery and leading a life of sobriety, it takes a lot of inner strength, grit and determination to acknowledge that you need help and get the support you need to start a new life. To continue that positive momentum, it’s also important to put a plan in place to avoid relapse as you carve out a healthier lifestyle that is free from an addiction to drugs or alcohol.

While the cause of addiction is complex, many addiction recovery researchers suggest that it’s fueled by a combination of genetics, and in many instances, environmental and cultural triggers that prompt the addict to use and abuse as a result.

What Is an Addition Trigger?

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, addiction is characterized by the power of external cues to trigger cravings and addictive behaviors. These triggers can include a wide range of influences including: exposure to drugs and alcohol, other addicts, toxic relationships and stressful situations.

Though, it’s important to remember that you don’t have to be held hostage by your addiction triggers to continue a life of sobriety. By creating a plan that identifies that situations and emotions that you associate with alcohol and drug abuse, you can become more proactive about maintaining a sober lifestyle.

Create an Action Plan to Overcome Addiction Triggers

Don’t wait until you are at risk of relapse. Take a few moments today to identify your personal addiction triggers and make a plan that outlines how you can counteract those influences in healthier ways.

Step 1: Think about your past substance abuse and what caused those cravings?

  • What were you feeling?
  • What were you doing?
  • Who were you with?

Step 2: Consider why those situations or emotions triggered your alcohol or drug abuse.

  • Were you trying to numb uncomfortable feelings?
  • Did you feel pressured by others?

Step 3: Make a list of healthier ways you can react to those influences.

  • If your trigger is stress-related, what can you do to overcome feelings of anxiety?
  • If social situations where drugs and alcohol spark your cravings, how can you avoid those high-risk situations?

Addiction recovery is a lifelong process of learning about your personal addiction triggers and developing healthier coping skills. But, if you’re armed with the right support and a relapse prevention plan, you can protect your newfound sobriety and celebrate your Christ-centered life - free from addiction.

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Built on the same spiritual foundations as the inpatient facilities and detox services we offer, the use of outpatient drug and alcohol, mental health or other services can be used to build on the recovery you gained at inpatient rehabilitation, or employed as a standalone method of recovery.

Call Christian Rehab Network today at (877) 310-9545, and we will walk by your side through enrollment, treatment, and recovery.

Strengthen Your Spiritual Journey During Addiction Recovery

August 26, 2016
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Woman on a spiritual journey to recovery prayingLife isn’t always easy during addiction recovery. It’s stressful at times dealing with financial concerns, striking the right work-life balance and carving out time for everything else.

Though, it doesn’t always have to be that hard. As a child of Christ, you were placed on this earth to live a simple life. You were created to lead a mission-driven life, to serve and minister to others and celebrate the gifts that He has bestowed upon you and your family.

If you are dealing with addiction issues, it doesn’t have to derail your faith. By making prayers of gratitude a constant priority in your daily routine, you can continue to grow on your spiritual journey while, at the same time, making strides in substance abuse recovery.

By saying prayers of thanks, you can recharge and rejuvenate your mind, body and soul to fuel your long-term sobriety.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few prayers of gratitude you can use to grow stronger in your faith and your recovery.

  1. Ephesians 5:20: Giving thanks always for all things to God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  2. James 1:17: Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom is no ficklenss, neither shadow of turning.
  3. Psalm 100:1–5: Make a joyful noise to the Lord, all the earth! Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the Lord, he is God!
  4. Psalm 107:1: Oh give thanks to the Lord, for he is good, for his steadfast love endures forever!
  5. Psalm 118:28–29: You are my God, and I will give thanks to you; you are my God; I will extol you. This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.
  6. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
  7. 1 Chronicles 16:34: Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good; his love endures forever.

Rejoice in Him During Your Spiritual Journey at Christian Rehab Network

At Christian Rehab Network, our philosophy targets the whole person: mind, body, and spirit. Our addiction specialists are here to help with your insurance needs, and we specialize in providing affordable, faith-based treatment for drug and alcohol dependency. Help is available 24 hours a day by dialing 877.310.9545, and forgiveness is just one of the tenets we teach as you begin your journey toward health and freedom.

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