Updated: Jul 11
Triggers can be defined as events, situations, or even emotions that generate negative responses or behaviors in recovery from alcoholism, recovering alcoholics, or addicts. They have the power to disrupt our recovery journey, causing setbacks and hindering personal growth.
However, by understanding triggers and adopting strategies to avoid them, we can empower ourselves to have an easier & enjoyable recovery journey from alcoholism or drug addiction.
Avoid being triggered:
Recognising triggers is the first step towards managing them. Identifying specific situations, people, or environments that are likely to cause negative reactions allows us to develop effective avoidance strategies. For instance, globally, alcohol is often associated with celebrations, parties, BBQs, fiestas, weddings, civil partnerships, etc. These occasions can be challenging for individuals in recovery, as people may indulge in alcohol and engage in conversations that can be triggering. And always remember, we know our boundaries better than anyone else. I know of alcoholics many in recovery for 20+ years who can't attend parties, whereas I can. I am able as my friendship group in Tenerife don't need alcohol to have a good time. It's that simple.
From my experience Canarians have more respect for the actual event rather than using it as an excuse to get tipsy or drunk, as I would have done before June 2020. The cultural attitudes towards alcohol in Tenerife therefore provide me a trigger-free haven, making it easier to navigate social situations and enjoy a healthier lifestyle. Moving to a destination with different cultural attitudes towards alcohol was most definitely transformative.
Breaking Free: Discovering a Trigger-Free Haven in Tenerife
I moved to Tenerife as it offers a unique cultural landscape that contrasts with the alcohol-centric attitudes prevalent in the UK, and where I lived for the last 10 years. This sunny paradise provides an opportunity to start afresh, away from the triggers that may have been major annoyances in my recovery.
With its emphasis on living off the land, wellness, outdoor activities, and a more relaxed approach to alcohol consumption, Tenerife opens doors to a healthier, more balanced lifestyle. Surprisingly, as a destination, it can be a pleasant surprise for those seeking a trigger-free environment. Running my BNB business in the North West of Tenerife provides the income I need while remaining happy on my sober journey. I also enjoy sharing my own stories on the dryholidays community website.
Embracing Positive Change:
While a change in surroundings can be a powerful catalyst for personal growth, it is equally essential to develop coping mechanisms and build your own resilience. Engaging in self-reflection, seeking therapy or support groups, and adopting healthy habits such as exercise, mindfulness, or pursuing hobbies can all contribute to overcoming triggers and maintaining positive momentum in recovery from alcoholism.
Breaking free from triggers in your recovery from alcoholism is a journey that demands self-awareness, determination, and proactive steps towards change. By identifying triggers and avoiding them, whether through a change of environment or adopting new strategies, we can embrace a brighter future. Tenerife, with its distinct cultural attitudes towards alcohol, serves as an example of how a shift in surroundings can empower individuals to leave behind potentially destructive triggers. If you would like to discuss triggers in recovery, whether you're unsure if you're an alcoholic or just want to chat about anything related to alcoholism, feel free to message me on WhatsApp - 0034620757254 or 00447966169530.
Please note that while I learned a lot about triggers in recovery from alcoholism during 4 weeks rehabilitation; how to avoid these annoyances, and how to handle difficult social situations that could trigger relapse, it is common sense.
The contents of this article is written for a global audience. Depending on where you are at with others drinking alcohol (in your company | presence), where you call home and how much alcohol plays a part in your culture. Wherever you are, join me as a member of the dryholidays community here.
As always, I recommend taking the best bits from the above and seeing if it helps your recovery journey.
Written on June 24, 2023
3 years sober and not one person has ever asked why I don't drink alcohol!
I'm feeling where I need to be ay Casa Salvia Icod BNB (my home and income)
Managing my side effects of alcoholism (Madelung's disease)
I am at a stage in my recovery where I am comfortable going to bars, restaurants, even nightclubs (once), but I am armed with the tools to exit. Which, for me as driver, is easy.
Recovery is unique. So are you.