• Erik Frederickson - Life Coach and Recovery Coach

Conquering Your Triggers

Updated: Sep 3, 2020

Years of addiction can ingrain some not so pleasant memories in someone's psyche. But the good news is that it doesn't have to control you, and it certainly does not have to drive you back to the insanity of addiction.

One of the most misunderstood parts of getting past our triggers is understanding that our thoughts have emotions attached to them. Think about it, there you are driving down the street minding your own business and you drive past a bar where you created some unpleasant memories.

What happens?

The same emotions that you felt in the moment begin to surface, feelings of shame, guilt, regret and so on, and seeing how those feelings make you feel gross you immediately want to feel good. This is the trap that pulls people back to drinking and using.

It is in that moment that many people go back to the hell of addiction because they are seeking a momentary solution through numbing their emotions with drugs and alcohol, and in turn create a long term problem of addiction.

So how in the world does someone rid their mind and memories of this torment?

The first thing you don't want to do is try and manage the issues. Many programs and people will teach how to keep the problem around, and manage it. We want to get rid of it, not manage it.

Check out this 14 min Podcast to help with this topic.

"Stress Management?"

The key to victory is understanding that this is a spiritual battle, and a spiritual battle needs spiritual solutions. Think about it, the actual event that caused the harm and emotional distress is over and gone.

So how does the thought still have a hold on you?