We all have things that make us feel good. It’s fine to participate in those activities, but when those habits turn to addiction, they begin to affect our lives as well as the lives of those who love us.

Healthy habits elevate our moods and create lasting enjoyment. Addiction does the opposite. While we feel good for a short period of time, we spend the rest of our day chasing a feeling we may not ever have again.

Identifying the habits that can easily turn to addiction is the first step in making positive lifestyle changes.

Misusing Prescription Medications

Misusing prescription medications can start out simply enough. You use the medications to relieve pain or discomfort. The problems begin when you start to take more than the prescribed dose or you take them more frequently than what the doctor ordered.

Making it a habit to take double the recommended dosage will set you up for disaster as time passes. It is important to get in the habit of always following the doctor’s orders, especially if you are taking narcotics that are known to be addictive.

Following the Crowd

Following the crowd is also a habit that can lead to addiction. Just because those around you are trying the latest craze, it doesn’t mean you have to follow along. It can be the fast way to become addicted to drugs and alcohol.

When it comes to fitting in, the type of crowd that expects you to do the same as everyone else may not be the one you want to belong to in the long run.

Using Unhealthy Ways to Deal with Stress

The way a person deals with stress also can become a habit that turns into something that is not good for the health. Drinking alcohol or taking drugs to numb oneself from the bad things they face in life may offer short-term relief. In the long run, the problems are still there and may even loom more prominently if they aren’t faced head on.

Instead of masking the pain or putting off the inevitable, deal with things as they occur. The stress will fade and the sense of relief is real and won’t have to be found at the bottom of a bottle.

Many times addiction is the result of habits that are used to protect ourselves from the pain or discomfort of unpleasant circumstances. We at On-Belay House Anthony Louis Center know what many people face when it comes to making choices and overcoming addiction. With our drug and alcohol treatment programs for teens, we can help you face those habits, change them for the better and give you the resources you need to move forward with your life.

Call us today to find out how we can help!