After Substance Abuse Treatment: Fighting Addiction Replacement

Young man after a substance abuse treatment program

What to Expect After Substance Abuse Treatment: Addiction Replacements

Young man after a substance abuse treatment programAddiction is a disease that an addict will have to deal with their entire life. Although they may be sober and clean, the temptation always exists, and indulging in their vices can bring them right back into the fold. The thing about addiction is that, if you have an addictive personality, you don’t necessarily get addicted to just one thing. Even after substance abuse treatment, many addicts will latch on to addiction replacements. Today in the Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge blog, we’ll talk about addiction replacements and how to prevent them.

Why Does Addiction Replacement Happen?

Addiction doesn’t end after substance abuse treatment. It’s common for a former addict to find something that makes them feel good, and replace their old addiction with something new. Although the new addiction may be less harmful to them physically, it can still cause damage. For an addict, it can be extremely easy to replace one addiction with another, even if they don’t mean to. The key is to recognize that the addiction signs are present in order to avoid another problem.Here are some examples of common addiction replacements:
  • Gambling
  • Nicotine
  • Shopping
  • Working
While not as potentially life-threatening as harder drugs or alcohol, these addiction replacements still have the potential to cause psychological and emotional stress. In the case of nicotine, physical harm too. These are just a few examples of the addiction replacements individuals may seek out after substance abuse treatment.

Is There Any Way to Prevent Addiction Replacement?

In order to prevent addiction replacement from occurring, the individual needs to participate in substance abuse treatment that gives them the tools to recognize when a potential new addiction is occurring. By becoming familiar with the signs and knowing their own addictive triggers, they can better prevent addiction replacements from occurring. Addiction isn’t something that goes away. It’s a lifelong disease. But it doesn’t have to control you, and you can live a healthy and fulfilling life by getting the help you need.

Substance Abuse Treatment at Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge

At Mid-Atlantic Teen Challenge, we give our patients the help they need to overcome their addiction and to stave it off in the future. Through mentoring and faith, they are able to become the best version of themselves and live a clean and sober future. For more information about our substance abuse treatment programs and for any questions you may have about addiction, contact us today.
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