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What Pushes Your Buttons? Understanding Triggers

Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC

Triggers are stimuli that cause a response. In a psychological sense, triggers are people, events, or conditions that cause an undesirable psychological effect or reaction. The term trigger may have come into wider use with the advent of addiction treatment. Alcoholics and addicts must learn their triggers, the things that “trigger” them to drink or use, if they are to be safe.

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The Fourth Step of AA: A Key to Personal Transformation

Written by Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC

4. Made a searching and fearless moral inventory of ourselves

Sometimes it is very difficult to decide what to think or what to do. Life is filled with quandaries. Should I look for another job? Would I be happier if I moved closer to my family? Should I continue in this marriage, or is it time to think of ending it? What is the truth of my current relationship? Why don’t I get along with my brother? Why does my life seem unfulfilling?

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Dangerous Drugs: What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You

Written by: Lane Gormley, EdS, LPC, NCC

Illegal drug use is so common in our society that many of us take it for granted. My teenage Clients rattle off the list of illegal substances that they have tried or that they were invited to try. They mention classmates who became dealers. A Northwest Atlanta homemaker told me that she does “polite drugs”. A health professional of my acquaintance, a competitive athlete who would never inhale smoke of any kind, bakes marijuana in brownies. I have known ballerinas who used cocaine for high energy and low weight. Drugs are bought and sold in wealthy neighborhoods and in grammar schools. Are these things important? They are to me. I am a therapist, and I frequently work with Clients who used and cannot stop. This could be my longest blog ever if I allowed myself to give full expression to my concerns; but I am going to keep this short for now and only talk about two possible consequences of illegal drug use.

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