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What Role Do Habits Play in Addiction?

What Role Do Habits Play in Addiction?

Addiction is a disease of the brain, because drugs greatly affect the areas of impulse control and judgment

Throughout every day, people make multiple choices at random times. Some of these choices are easy to make, while others are quite difficult, but, when it comes to addiction, a choice can either feed or starve her addiction. Some addicts view their addictions as burdens or hindrances to their lives, while other people choose to continue in their addictions, because they have not yet seen the consequences their addictions have caused. As easily as someone can continue with addiction, someone else can still change her life to support sobriety. In short, an individual’s habits and behaviors greatly affect her addiction, so, if she continues to make the wrong choices, then she will continue to worsen her addiction. Seek help as soon as possible to begin recovery and to change the habits that promote drug abuse.

How Can Habits Affect Addiction?

Addiction is a disease of the brain, because drugs greatly affect the areas of impulse control and judgment. As a result, addicts often make choices that support their addictions, even if they are desiring sobriety. In fact, even the simplest choices that someone makes can reinforce his addiction or help him start to push addiction out of his life. The following choices can ultimately fuel someone’s addiction:

  • Maintaining relationships with other addicts
  • Frequenting known areas of drug use
  • Thinking you can use drugs without becoming addicted again

Addiction often impacts the lives of people who surround the addict the most, so formerly strong relationships the addict had may start to crumble, which will cause her to seek companionship with anyone who seems as though she cares. This fact often leads addicts to seek support and love from other drug users who often only care about how their relationships can feed or maintain addiction. More often than not, addicts are filling voids by seeking friends who abuse drugs, but they dig deeper into addiction as they do so.

Addicts often know exactly where to go to purchase their drugs of choice and where they can go to use those drugs without being judged. Unfortunately, by frequenting these areas, addicts or even those who have become sober are placing themselves at risk of drug abuse, so they may find themselves doing almost anything they can do to score their next stash of drugs. Even just seeing drug paraphernalia can cause a recovering addict to have flashbacks of prior instances of drug abuse, which will cause him to experience a craving that may eventually lead to an uncontrollable relapse.

Many recovering addicts think that they can control their drug habits so well that they can still use drugs by limiting their intake. At first, they may feel satisfied with an occasional use of drugs, but then, weeks down the road, they may have fully relapsed and suffer from a more severe addiction than ever before. These habits promote addiction, so change them to promote recovery.

Although many of these people know about the choices they make to maintain their addictions, what about the choices they can make to reinforce sobriety? The following healthy habits support sobriety:

  • Building relationships with supportive non drug-using friends
  • Removing all drug use and paraphernalia from your environment
  • Seeking support and/or treatment

Healthy, supportive relationships with loved ones and friends are vital to one’s sobriety. Being surrounded by healthy individuals who care about your goals and sobriety can reinforce your own self-confidence, which in return makes it easier to make healthy choices. Although it can be difficult to break off ties with people who abuse drugs, such freedom from drug addicts allows people to focus on repairing relationships and building new friendships that promote sobriety.

Many addicts have hidden both drugs and paraphernalia throughout their residences so they have a backup plan in place for the times their stashes run low or when they lack the funds to purchase any drugs. Ergo, by removing all drugs and paraphernalia from one’s immediate environment, a recovering addict can restore control of their actions to herself, which she must do if she wishes to succeed with sobriety. If seeing the paraphernalia is too much to handle, then ask a loved one to remove the items to minimize temptation.

Some addicts may seek professional treatment for their addictions, while other people may seek support from loved ones, but neither form is better than the other. Each addict responds to different forms of treatment differently, so people tend to seek different treatment options even if they are suffering from the same addiction. The goal of recovery is to find treatment and support to maintain sobriety, so seek help to find the methods that will help you get and stay clean.

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