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How Your Surroundings Affect Your Success in Rehab

Many factors influence whether someone develops a substance misuse disorder. While we now know genetics have some influence, your environment – including your mental state as well as your physical surroundings – has its place as well.

What Are Environmental Cues in Addiction?

Humans are creatures of habit, and your environment has an outsized role in determining whether you will fall into a specific pattern. For instance, if you always pass the same bar on your way home from work, it can become nearly impossible to break your habit of stopping in for a drink to “reward” yourself after a long day.

Likewise, no matter how much willpower you think you have, even if you resolved to throw away all your drug paraphernalia and cut ties with your dealer, all it takes is one small environmental trigger to drag you back into the cycle of self-destruction that characterizes addiction.

However, just as the powerful pull of your environment can play a negative role in your decision to engage in addictive behavior, it can also work in your favor when you decide to get and stay sober for good. That’s why it’s essential to leave your typical daily surroundings to get professional addiction treatment at a rehabilitation center that offers the opportunity to rest and reconnect with your true self, removed from the distractions of day-to-day life.

Doing What’s Best for You

When you decide to improve your life by breaking free of drugs and alcohol, you must wholeheartedly commit to the changes that entails. Choosing to remain in your hometown for rehab will make it more of a challenge for you to focus on healing your body, mind and spirit. It may feel like your old habits are lying in wait just outside those doors, constantly calling to you.

When you leave your typical environment and seek rehab in a peaceful location, you will face fewer distractions and will be able to focus specifically on the goal of getting and staying sober. Beginning your recovery at a place like Vista Taos Renewal Center is ideal for pursuing a holistic treatment plan that addresses your individual needs.

Another benefit of leaving behind those environmental cues and beginning your recovery in a peaceful environment is the variety of opportunities you have to strengthen your body. Working up a sweat in a traditional gym is valuable, but having easy access to the great outdoors provides you with the ability to go on a mountain hike or to practice yoga at sunrise.

A Place of Healing

While most rehab facilities offer the therapeutic programs and educational resources to help people start along the path to recovery, many times, these tools aren’t enough on their own to build the foundation for long-term sobriety. That’s why the setting where you receive your treatment can make all the difference.

The majestic mountain surroundings of Taos, New Mexico, provide healing, balance and calm in an environment that has inspired artists and spiritual leaders for centuries. By coming here, you will separate yourself from the places, people and things that were fueling your addiction and make a fresh start with the best chance of finding a new life in sobriety. Contact us today to learn more about what we offer.

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