If you've ever been in therapy or to a doctor for addiction or read certain sorts of books on addiction you have inevitably run into the question, so, "What are your triggers?"
What are not my triggers might be the better question. I'm not going to list any possible triggers here because I know that just by listing them, I may trigger you.
So, recently, I realized that anger is a big trigger for me. I mean out of the blue, totally unexpected, Irish me all up anger that rose up without me ever having a chance to consider how I might contend with it.
Anger as trigger is no surprise. In the program, it's one of a standard formula of four. H.A.L.T. Hungry/Angry/Lonely/Tired.
But what do you do about it when it comes on you like gangbusters without warning or a chance to catch your breath?
Whatever suggestions you have, please list them in the comments below.
All I have for my part is to get through 40 days of sobriety. Then three months. Then six clean and so forth.
The longer you are sober, the easier it will become to overcome those sudden flashes of anger, rage. It's a practice.
In the meanwhile, check in here. Check in anywhere you can find support before you reach for a drink.
BREATHE. That's a good practice. Lay down. Whatever you can do short of picking up a drink. Do that.
Dealing with triggers and anger on your own terms rather than going unconscious is a practice and a process.
We all have to contend with this. All of us. It's easier to be with friends who understand. Find them here or find them somewhere.
We need each other.
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