In the ongoing process that is recovery, there is always the concern of that most-feared occurrence – relapse. Despite complete determination and the best professional treatment, sometimes circumstances or stimuli known as 'addiction triggers' can result in a return to drug or alcohol use and dependency.
This is not a sign of weakness nor does it mean an individual will not eventually achieve abstinence. Recovery is a challenging process, and we are continuously learning as we go through it. There are many different triggers that can create powerful cravings that lead to relapse.
Addiction triggers come from an almost endless number of things, situations or emotions. Generally, they are divided into two types: internal and external.