The compulsive nature of addiction triggers needs to be understood if addict help is to be effective and bring about addiction recovery. When people have an addiction, and feel the need to use, it is in response to a call from the body and mind, expressed as feelings of pain and tension – in search of relief and release. The pain and the tension that the addict feels are not addiction triggers, the pain and the tension are merely symptoms of whatever it is that is pushing the addict’s buttons.
Feelings of tension and stress don’t just suddenly rise up in the body – there is always a reason. Something in the mind, the memory, a current life situation, or disorder in the body are the addiction triggers. Addiction triggers are sensory inputs that we have a negative response to.
When we react in a negative way to the stimulus to our senses, this creates feelings of pain and tension. The truth is that no one and nothing ever causes us pain – we cause our pain when we respond to life events in a negative way. Our capacity to respond to whatever life throws us, in a positive and optimistic way depends very much upon our expectations and previous experience of successes in overcoming life’s hurdles.
When faced with addiction triggers, an addict immediately feels depressed or anxious – perhaps sad, ashamed or guilty – that is the way that he has learned to respond to those particular triggers. When the addict finds that substance use takes away these negative feelings, – well, hey, why suffer these negative feelings when substances are available to take away your pain. Once we start to use a substance to mask our negative feelings – we are setting ourselves up for addiction, an endless cycle of negative feelings, self medicated by drug use.
Addict help and intervention needs to break the connection that has been created, in the addict’s mind between feelings of stress and tension, in response to addiction triggers, and using drugs for relief.
The difference between real addict help that is provided by holistic methods and mainstream treatment methods is the level at which addict help for addiction triggers and addiction recovery is given.
Methods that only deal with the symptoms of addiction see only stress and reactive drug use. Holistic methods see that the stress can be avoided by developing better strategies to resolve emotional conflicts that feelings of stress involve.
When using natural holistic methods, in a way, magic happens – resolve the basic emotional conflicts that trigger intense negative emotions, and you have, as if by magic, resolved the addiction triggers. No more triggers, no more addiction response – this is addiction recovery.
People simply fail to see that spending a lifetime evading and trying to avoid addiction triggers does not need to happen. Take away the power that emotional triggers have over you – and addiction recovery happens.
Obviously when trying to resolve your emotional issues, you will need to think about them. With holistic addict help, you will no longer be weighed down by emotional issues, but find a way to get through them and work them out.
Holistic counseling for addiction triggers and for addiction recovery puts you in charge of your life – free of emotional bondage, clean of addiction and drug use – into a new, happy life.