Triggers and flashbacks

Dealing with flashbacks and triggers, particularly in the context of addiction treatment, can be a challenging aspect of recovery. Here are some strategies to help manage and cope when things become overwhelming and it feels like you are loosing ground with your sobriety.

  1. Understand the Trigger: Identify what is triggering you. Understanding the cause can help you prepare and develop strategies to cope with them when they occur.

  2. Grounding Techniques: Learn grounding techniques to help you stay present and connected to the here and now. This can include focusing on your breath, touching a familiar object, or engaging your senses by noting what you see, hear, smell, touch, and taste. It can be as easy as peeling a fruit, noticing the smell, the act of cutting it up, the taste, texture…

  3. Mindfulness and Meditation: Regular practice of mindfulness and meditation can help you stay centered and calm, making it easier to manage triggers when they occur. Remember, there are a lot of great and free meditation and mindfulness apps available, look in your Google or Apple store.

  4. Create a Safe Space: Have a designated safe space where you can go when you’re experiencing a flashback. This can be a physical location like a certain room or a mental space that you create through visualization.

  5. Seek Professional Help: Therapy, especially trauma-focused therapies like EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) or CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy), can be very effective in dealing with flashbacks.

  6. Peer Support: Support groups, either in-person or online, can provide a sense of community and understanding. Sharing experiences with others who have gone through similar situations can be comforting and informative.

  7. Journaling: Writing about your experiences and feelings can help you process them. It can also be a useful tool to identify patterns or triggers over time.

  8. Develop a Coping Plan: Have a plan for when flashbacks occur. This could include steps like using grounding techniques, contacting a supportive person, or engaging in a distracting activity.

  9. Medication: In some cases, medication prescribed by a healthcare professional can help manage symptoms associated with flashbacks.

  10. Educate Yourself: Understanding the nature of addiction and how it interacts with trauma can empower you to cope more effectively with flashbacks.

Remember, recovery is a journey and dealing with flashbacks and triggers is a process. It’s important to be patient with yourself and seek support when needed.

All the above tips are quite helpful.i had counsel a few friends and this two tips i will be sharing helps to kill flashbacks 1. Avoid People from your past -Meaning you attach yourself to a new different kind of friends who are living an impressive life you can emulate.2. Try to move closer to GOD…trust me there’s nothing God cannot do.

First, welcome!
Sometimes it isn’t possible to avoid people from your past for a myriad of reasons and while religion can be a huge comfort and support for some, for others it can be a huge trigger.
We just have to be cognizant that what works for us, may not work for others. Please keep posting and supporting.
-SG