We as professionals have learned to recognize some of the signs and symptoms of an addiction, but there are dozens of environmental addiction factors that must be considered when trying to determine whether or not one will develop.

How to Safely Navigate Environmental Addiction Factors

“Understanding and accepting the factors that contribute to our thoughts, feelings, and actions can not only be useful, but very empowering when you’re on the road to recovery.” External forces play a huge role on the potential development of issues of substances abuse, and these environmental addiction factors can be found all around us.

As an example, there is a big rise in use of drugs and consumption of alcohol in the late teens and early 20s. This is a result of increased socialization, along with the nudge of peer pressure. Other examples include family life: parents who express positive opinions regarding substance use that then instill that attitude into their children. Finally, consider peer pressure as an adult, and how the seemingly-mature influence of friends can drive us to make questionable choices.

Luckily, the influence of peers does not merely exist for bad experiences. One of the best ways to ensure a safe recovery experience is to surround yourself by those friends and others who are engaged in other, healthier activities, who provide a positive example and who offer support.

Environmental addiction factors can seemingly sneak up on us, but there are also a lot of external factors that provide a solid counterbalance. To learn more about how we can help you through the process of recovering from an addiction, contact The Bergand Group. We offer recovery programs for yourself or for others who are seeking education materials about addictions. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction treatment and recovery center and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues, including direction for those who may be denying an addiction.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.


About The Bergand Group:

At The Bergand Group in Baltimore and Harford County, Maryland, our therapists have more than twenty years of experience in the mental health and addiction fields. Our focus is on providing comprehensive mental health care and appropriate care for addictive disorders. We offer both alcohol rehab and drug rehabilitation. If you or someone you know is struggling with alcohol or substance addiction, there is help available. We also offer several other services, including family therapy and counseling. We can help. Contact us today.