The word “trigger” is a common word in the world of drug and alcohol treatment centers.
While its meaning is pretty obvious, it could also be referred to as stimulant, switch, catalyst, and so on; but actually “trigger” is probably the best. When we think of a trigger, we naturally think of a gun, and that’s exactly what we should think of when putting it in the context of addiction.
For many, it is deadly to give in to triggers. For instance, one of the triggers might be watching a football game with friends where pizza and beer are the norm. Or maybe it’s a fishing trip with a cooler of alcohol on board. Many common things we do involve alcohol and yet alcohol is the root cause of millions of deaths each year. Alcohol is legal and available everywhere; it’s promoted through advertising, movies and television shows. It’s a part of almost everything we do from dining out to celebrations. We don’t say this to universally condemn the use of it; however, the use of it causes more deaths than any other substance known to man. It can be deadly from using it in excess or in combination with drugs. National reports show over 25,000 deaths from auto accidents annually are a result of alcohol use. The list goes on with other incidents resulting in injury or death from behavior “while under the influence of alcohol”.
Treatment for alcohol addiction comprise the highest percentage of clients who have come to Bayshore Retreat. The same is true for every other drug treatment center. Why? Because it’s the single hardest addiction to beat. Society and everything around us promotes it. Therefore the triggers are everywhere. What’s the answer to dealing with triggers for alcohol addiction? Education and awareness.
The treatment program at Bayshore Retreat goes beyond AA meetings with at least 30 hours a week of counseling, plus health and wellness. It encompasses health with a sauna, freshly prepared food, vitamins, and activities. By limiting our client numbers to six at a time we can ensure that their individual needs and triggers are addressed. It’s not just about going to 12 meetings, but finding themselves in the equation of alcohol vs a balanced life without it. by Judy, the mom Sept. 13, 2014.