Last night the fields of corn behind my Mid-West home were blowing fiercely. The sound they made blowing in the wind reminded me of waves crashing throughout the night during my childhood on the Central Coast of California.
It’s funny how sound can bring up such nostalgia. It sure made me miss the crashing waves.
I am also reminded of how powerful memories of all the senses are and what can be triggered by such memories. What comes to mind is when it was suggested to me, in early sobriety, to listen to different music. I did not understand it at the time, but I followed the suggestion.
Listening to the same music that I listened to when I was drinking could have triggered me to drink, just by association.
This is because of the potential for the strong maladaptive association between alcohol and the environmental stimuli (in this case music) to prompt cravings and drug-seeking behavior thus leading to a relapse.
I still pay attention to this. Even after an extended period of abstinence our brain remembers associations. These associations or triggers come out of nowhere, just like the corn triggering my memory of ocean waves.
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