Studies show that about 50% of your everyday life is habitual. From the time we wake to the time we fall asleep, half of the time we are repeating the same actions and thoughts in the same context. This is why change can be so difficult. However, kicking bad habits in your life can aid in the success of your addiction treatment in New Jersey.

Every habit starts with a psychological pattern of repeating behaviors. However, if a person is in control of the situation, they can make or break this loop.

The Habit Loop

Cue – The loop of a perpetuating habit starts with a cue to perform the habitual behavior. These cues are can be determined by a location, time, emotional state, or other people that are around you. They precede the urge to do a specific behavior. For example, a person may have a bad day at work and “treat” his or herself to alcohol or drugs afterward. The emotional state and time after work can cue the behavior of drinking or doing drugs after every bad. Suddenly, after many bad days, drinking and using becomes a habit.

Routine – The routine of the habit loop is simply the behavior you want to change. In the case of drinking or doing drugs, this can be the consumption itself, or it can be the act of stocking up on alcohol at the store / obtaining enough drugs to make sure you are prepared after the cue.

Reward – The reward provides a temporary distraction from the cue. Rewards are powerful because they satisfy cravings, which we aren’t always aware of. The feeling of intoxication acts as a reward for your drinking and using. However, this eventually wears off and can be set in motion again by the cue, or triggers.

Will addiction treatment in New Jersey help me break my drinking habits?

Let Addiction Treatment in New Jersey Help You

If you’ve noticed that alcohol consumption or drug use has crossed the line from habit to addiction, take control of the situation and break the cycle. The Discovery Institute is available to help you. Our facility offers individual, group, and family therapy for addiction, as well as holistic recovery options. Discovery also provides relapse prevention therapy designed to support you for life-long recovery from substance abuse. Contact us to learn more today.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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