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Many television shows push every boundary possible. That is what can make television good and entertaining to watch. However, when you are struggling with addiction or mental health issues, some television shows can be triggers for our issues.  Shows can make us uncomfortable, place dangerous ideas in our minds, or transport us back to times of risky behaviors or thoughts. If you happen to find yourself in a situation where you are triggered by something you have watched, there are steps you can take to help calm or diffuse the situation. 

Lean on Your Support System

Having a good support system around you is a key factor in a successful recovery. If you are seeking help and have a therapist, talk to them about the feelings that came up when you watched a certain show or movie. What was happening, how did you feel, how long did you feel like that, and what did you do when you felt like that, are all things you can talk about with your therapist. Understanding your triggers is important so you know how to work through them and are not blindsided when they happen. Having the support of family and friends will also make a difference. They are there to remind you of how well you are doing, what you are working towards, and the progress you have made. It can be challenging to remember what you are working for when you are triggered. Lean on your support system when you need that reminder. 

Keep It Controlled

When you are just beginning to work through your recovery, your triggers can be quite intense. You may not yet understand how to work through those triggers in a healthy manner, or what even your triggers actually are. To avoid getting into a situation that you cannot handle, keep your television choices controlled. Watch only shows and movies that bring you joy, and that you know do not cover topics that may be triggering. 


Television can be a wonderful source of entertainment; it can also be a large trigger. When beginning your journey of recovery, you may want to play it safe and keep what you watch very controlled. Working with a professional can help you learn what your triggers are and how best to work through them. Here at The Guest House, we have a dedicated team of professionals ready to help you on your recovery journey. Call us today to learn more at (855) 483-7800.