Addiction is a behavior that a person continues to do even though it leads to harmful consequences. Addiction seizes the brain’s normal functions and changes the brain chemically and physiologically. This makes it extremely difficult to change the addictive behavior. Breaking the cycle of addiction requires a good treatment program that will help a person transition into a new lifestyle in lifelong recovery.

An individual addicted to drugs or alcohol understands the cycle of addiction but cannot stop without the help of a treatment program. The brain is dependent on the drug or alcohol, and the person needs to change his or her lifestyle and past behaviors related to addiction. The brain needs to be re-trained to function normally without drugs or alcohol.

Mental health disorders and addiction have a genetic component that predisposes a person to mental health issues and addiction. Environmental factors also contribute to the risk of developing a mental health illness or substance use disorder. The cycle of addiction causes frustration, anxiety, and a need for immediate relief from withdrawal symptoms. A person living in the cycle of addiction will obsess about using drugs or alcohol and develop feelings of guilt and shame.

Take an active role in breaking the cycle. Change past behaviors with the help of a good treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Treatment encourages you to discover more about yourself, develop social skills, and explore interests, hobbies, and activities that you can enjoy in sobriety. When you are substance-free, you can make clear decisions, use critical thinking skills, and develop strategies for staying sober.

New, sober relationships can develop by attending group meetings. Physical and mental health improves when ending drug or alcohol use. Treatment will help you adjust to a healthy, sober, independent life when the program ends.

Breaking the cycle of addiction can be difficult, but is possible. If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction or a substance use disorder, you do not have to fight it alone. Take the first step to recovery and get help today. “Recovery is something that you have to work on every single day and it’s something that doesn’t get a day off.” ~ Demi Lovato

Cypress Lakes Lodge specializes in addiction treatment and is located in a serene, remote, lush-green, oxygen enriched environment. The program encompasses holistic addiction therapy and offers yoga and meditation for the mind, body, and soul. The focus is on physical, mental, and emotional well-being by generating the balance of life-enriching treatment, wellness, and healthy, sober, sustainable relationships. Call us to get started: 409-331-2204