Triggers and urges are standard terms used in the recovery process. Understanding what they mean and how they relate can help you avoid a relapse.
What is a Trigger?
A trigger can be a person, object, memory, feeling, or physical sensation -- anything that makes the brain revisit the rewarding "high" that came from engaging in the addictive behavior. Triggers are often related to your environment, but they can also occur as a result of your thoughts and feelings.
What is an Urge?
An urge is an intense desire to engage in an activity. Without purposeful intervention, urges can lead to more compulsive drug use.