Managing Triggers and Cravings

Are you or a loved one on the path to recovery from dual diagnosis? At 12 South Recovery, a trusted dual diagnosis treatment center in Lake Forest, CA, we understand that managing triggers and cravings is a crucial aspect of your journey. In this comprehensive guide, we’ll walk you through effective strategies to conquer triggers and cravings, providing you with the tools you need to achieve lasting sobriety.

Understanding Triggers and Cravings

Before we delve into management strategies, let’s clarify what triggers and cravings are:

Triggers: These are situations, emotions, or people that remind you of substance use or exacerbate mental health symptoms, making you more vulnerable to cravings.

Cravings: Intense urges or desires for substances or behaviors that provide temporary relief from emotional discomfort.

Identifying Your Personal Triggers

  1. Self-reflection: Take time to identify your personal triggers. What situations, emotions, or people have historically led to substance use or worsened mental health symptoms?
  2. Journaling: Keep a journal to track your thoughts and feelings when cravings arise. This can help you identify patterns and specific triggers.
  3. Professional Help: Consult with our experienced therapists at 12 South Recovery to gain insights into your unique triggers.

Building a Strong Support Network

  1. Reach out to loved ones: Share your journey with trustworthy friends and family members who can provide emotional support.
  2. 12-Step Programs: Consider joining support groups like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous for camaraderie and guidance.
  3. Therapy: Engage in individual or group therapy sessions to gain valuable coping skills and connect with others facing similar challenges.

Developing Coping Strategies

  1. Mindfulness and Meditation: Learn to stay present and manage overwhelming emotions through mindfulness and meditation practices.
  2. Healthy Habits: Establish a routine that includes exercise, proper nutrition, and adequate sleep to promote overall well-being.
  3. Stress Management: Explore stress-reduction techniques such as deep breathing exercises and progressive muscle relaxation.

Resisting Cravings

  1. Delay and Distract: When a craving hits, practice delaying your response and engage in an enjoyable, distracting activity.
  2. Visualize Success: Imagine the positive outcomes of resisting cravings and staying committed to your recovery goals.
  3. Positive Self-Talk: Replace negative thoughts with positive affirmations to boost your self-esteem and motivation.

Seek Professional Guidance

  1. Dual Diagnosis Treatment: If you have both substance use and mental health issues, our dual diagnosis treatment program at 12 South Recovery can provide specialized care.
  2. Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT): In some cases, MAT may be recommended to manage cravings and withdrawal symptoms.

Call 12 South Recovery Today!

Managing triggers and cravings is a challenging but essential part of the recovery journey. At 12 South Recovery, we’re here to support you every step of the way. Remember, you have the strength and resources to overcome these obstacles and achieve lasting sobriety. If you or a loved one is struggling with dual diagnosis, don’t hesitate to reach out to 12 South Recovery today. Our dedicated team of professionals is ready to provide personalized care and help you regain control of your life.


Dual diagnosis refers to the co-occurrence of substance use disorders and mental health disorders, often requiring integrated treatment.

Research local support groups, ask for recommendations from therapists or treatment centers, or contact organizations like Alcoholics Anonymous or Narcotics Anonymous.

Practice the delay and distract technique, or reach out to a supportive friend or therapist for immediate assistance.

MAT is an individualized treatment option. Consult with a healthcare professional to determine if it’s right for you.

Contact our admissions team through our website or call our helpline for a confidential assessment and guidance on beginning your recovery journey.

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