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How to Change Your Lifestyle

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD By January 1, 2019

For many drug and alcohol abusers, substance abuse is a lifestyle choice that infects their social circles. People, who otherwise have little reason to hang out with each other, can form immediate bonds with drug use. This is because illegal drug habits require connections and money. This leads to a lot of black market associations for the buyers, sellers, and users to form an underground network. For alcoholism, the people who drink heavily often work in bars or attend other events where they can meet other drunk people who accept them. Changing your lifestyle is one of the most difficult elements of retaining sobriety because it usually requires a lifelong dissociation with former drug friends.

 

Quitting Drugs and Alcohol

Quitting drugs and alcohol are not easy to do on your own. It took a lot of peer pressure and situations to lead the majority of people into their bad habits. It takes a miracle or endless peer support to lead people out of drugs and alcohol. NJ detox centers that provide medical supervision and a soothing environment to go through withdrawal are a critical step that helps initiate the sober thinking users need to snap out of it. A quality rehab in NJ will also provide mental health care to address any chemical imbalances that linger on after quitting.

When you attend a rehab in NJ, you have the chance to start developing a productive and constructive lifestyle that doesn’t revolve around substance use for gratification. Many users are able to recover by building their athleticism and careers to attract a desirable partner. Having a spouse and real friends that you can count on makes life worth living. Enrolling in a drug rehab in NJ helps many escape from that base mode of thinking that scares away worthy life partners and true friends.

 

Avoiding Relapses

Friendship is one of the biggest draws for people who are addicted to drugs and alcohol. People on drugs can be very friendly when they want money and things to support their habits. This is how many get sucked into the game and become merchandise of the dealers who are working through a few select players in the clique. In the drug world, it doesn’t matter how intelligent you are, how attractive you are, or what positive virtues you may have. Having exclusive connections to quality drugs and a venue to safely use them makes you lord in the drug world and influential over others.

If you live in an area that is rife with drug users, and you lack encounters with sober educated people in your daily walk of life, it is important to find the bridge. You can join athletic clubs, gyms, and other types of online meetup groups that share similar interests. Most NJ detox centers have aftercare programs that allow former users to build the associations and lifestyles they need to escape. Entering a sober living home to remove the temptations as you build a footing of success is another critical element for some. All in all, quitting drugs and alcohol means choosing your situations more wisely and staying motivated.

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Article Reviewed 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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