In a Health Blog posted by Nancy Churmin (dallasnews- life,2013/07/17), she states, " It's important to understand how difficult it is for those who are suffering from addiction to avoid cues that trigger a heightened level of urge to use drugs."
Ms. Churmin goes on to say,
"These cues [triggers] include objects and environments that have been conditioned or have been associated with the drug. Sometimes these cues in themselves increase the rewarding effects of the drugs and makes abstinence extremely difficult."
"These changes [in the brain] can cause intense cravings, impulse control issues, and compulsion to continue use. Due to these chemical changes it is very difficult for a true addict to quit solely by willpower and determination."
Let's continue to pay attention to ALL the 'cues' - the chemical, physical, emotional, psychological, environmental triggers - that can and will catapult us into previous unhealthy ways of thinking, behaving, and feeling. Let's be courageous and examine ourselves and our past pain. And let's start addressing how and why our triggers are signals to us about underlying issues and symptomatology which are fueling our relapse.
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