Friday, January 18, 2013

Triggers & Relapse Prevention

     I know I've said this before, but it's important...

     If an addict is honest with himself, he will admit that triggers don't exist. Breathing, waking up, the fact that we're alive - these are the only triggers. Everything is a trigger, or rather, nothing is. We don't need a reason to use. Triggers are flimsy excuses that allow us to avoid taking responsibility for relapsing. The truth is that so long as we suffer from the mental obsession, anything could be a trigger. The overwhelming thought to use will come for any reason or for no reason at all. So avoiding triggers is a useless endeavor. You cannot escape the mental obsession. The only way to free ourselves from triggers is to undergo a psychic change that fundamentally restores our minds, hearts and spirits.

     That's why relapse prevention is a joke. It assumes that triggers actually exist and as such, treatment amounts to avoiding people, places and things that make us want to use. Sorry, but that's not a solution, which is a shame given this is the only thing MSM (Mainstream Treatment Methods) has to offer - to remain an insane drug addict and pray that you don't bump into one of your triggers. That would make it pretty tough just to get to work...

     Hmmm, can't go that way because I pass by the liquor store... but I can't go the other way because I pass by the park I used to get high at and that's a trigger of mine also... Gee, I guess I'll have to just lock myself up and throw away the key...

     Is that a solution? Nope. How about becoming free to go anywhere on earth that we so desire? Is that possible for even the most beat up, hopeless drug addicts? Yup, sure is. As soon as you get out of detox, find a recovered individual to take you through a Step process (as its laid out in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous). Be completely honest, thorough and fearless (99% = ZERO). Go to any lengths. Don't give up. If you really want to change, if you really want to grow spiritually, if you really want to be free, then God will free you.

God, please give me the power and willingness to go to any length to get better...  

1 comment:

  1. I understand and respect your stance, however I believe you are misguided in many areas. You use a drastic exaggeration of the truth and only give one example of "mainstream treatment" that does not accurately define the spectrum of treatment. It is about each individual client, but it is also about being realistic and finding realistically what works for each person. This way of thinking may work for you, and it may work for others, but you contradict yourself if you suggest this is the only way to think. Just because it doesn't work for you does not mean that others cannot benefit from the "mainstream" way of thinking. They have evidenced based practices because of that one word..."evidenced." They are proven to work for most people. Of course nothing is so absolute that it will work for everybody, same with anything you would talk about. My opinion is that you should consider that your way of thinking is not the only way as each person that needs help is a unique individual and you do not know what works for everyone.
    Before you retaliate with misguided information, I am a reality therapist that facilitates a relapse prevention curriculum and I am a certified A&D counselor in a residential facility. Not all of my peers feel the same way as I do, and not all of them use the same modality of treatment as I do, but the amazing part of that is that we can all work together to help the clients we serve and meet them where there are at, regardless of what kind of help they need.

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