“If you can be one step ahead of those triggers – meaning that you’re able to recognize when the emotions are coming on, before they’re full-blown and driving you into relapse mode – you can stay ahead in your recovery, preventing a relapse before the triggering events can lead you there.”
~Dr. Suzette Glasner-Edwards, PhD, The Addiction Recovery Skills Workbook: Changing Addictive Behaviors Using CBT, Mindfulness, and Motivational Interviewing Techniques
Early on in recovery, we learn that to protect our sobriety, we have to avoid “triggers” – those people, places, things, thoughts, and feelings that could cause us to drink alcohol or use drugs again.
Some of those seen easier said than done. After all, it’s possible to make some lifestyle changes and stay away from unhealthy situations, places, and people, but help people avoid feeling an emotion?
In truth, it’s OKAY to feel the way you are feeling. The real challenge is learning how to cope with those feelings in a healthy manner.
Acknowledge How You Feel
Never ignore how you feel, because left undealt with, negative emotions will build and overwhelm you. Awareness of your emotions in a given moment provides several benefits:
- Understanding WHY you’re feeling that way
- Helps you PROCESS your feelings
- Allows you to LEARN from your emotions
Remember, mere feelings can’t hurt you, but your actions when you try to avoid or numb those feelings might.
Lasting Recovery outpatient drug rehab in San Diego utilizes the latest Evidence-Based-Therapy protocols and the most-accepted holistic strategies to give you your best chance of successful and enduring sobriety.