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How Long Does It Take to Break an Addiction

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If you or a loved one is struggling with addiction, it’s important to understand that—while challenging—breaking an addiction is possible.

Scientific evidence from Yale University suggests it takes approximately 90 days to reset the brain and shake off the immediate influence of drugs and alcohol. However, it is important to note that addiction recovery is a daily choice—even after years of sobriety.

Four ways to break addiction

Whether you think you have or are recovering from a substance addiction, here are four things you can do to help break the cycle:

    1. Reconnect with family and friends
      People struggling with addiction have a tendency to withdraw from social interaction, so it’s more important than ever to reach out for support. Now is the time to mend relationships so they can support you on your recovery journey.
    2. Be accountable to someone
      Find a sponsor or a mentor to help guide you toward mental, physical and spiritual health. Having a person you can talk to can help make all the difference in your recovery.
    3. Stay active
      Exercise is a great way to boost feel-good endorphins, clear your head and help you focus on your health and well being. Start with a brisk walk 30 minutes every day and gradually increase from there.


  • Identify your triggers
    Pay close attention to triggers and find ways to avoid, replace or correct them. Common triggers include stress, social isolation, unhealthy relationships, boredom and hunger.


There are many factors (physical, mental and emotional) that make breaking an addiction difficult. If you need additional support to help guide you through the complex process of quitting, the team at Alpine Recovery Lodge can help you break the cycle of addiction. We’ll work with you to identify triggers, break addiction patterns and help guide you mentally, physically and spiritually along your recovery journey. Call 877-415-4060 to speak confidentially to a recovery expert today.