There is a cycle of thinking attached to urges. By understanding that cycle and recognizing patterns, you can catch yourself and reject the urge.
Triggers to Use
The first step in the cycle is a trigger. Triggers can be social, environmental, or emotional.
External triggers involve things that remind you of certain behaviors. They might include people, places, or an item like a needle or a pipe that you associate with the act.
Internal triggers are feelings. They can be negative feelings like loneliness, anger, or sadness. They can also be positive like happiness, passion, or excitement -- even boredom can be a trigger.