Avoiding Addiction

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

A lot of times, the travel of information is simultaneously fast as a Google search and as slow as chronically poor Google search results. In greater media, there is a very heated battle between misinformation and verified accurate information, in addition to biases of media sources. As the old saying goes, ‘knowledge is power’ and in some ways, having bad information is worse than having no information at all. When it comes to south Florida rehab centers, the entire situation can be confusing.

Consider the belief many people have of addiction being something that only happens to ‘bad people’ who make ‘bad choices’. For this person, their worldview says they’re immune to developing any kind of addiction, even the one that currently chews up the headlines, opioid addiction. This person who goes around believing that only criminals and morally bankrupt scum can become ‘junkies’ may, for instance, get into a car accident on their way to work, finding themselves in a situation in which they require painkillers…the very painkillers they believe they cannot be addicted to by their very fact they believe they are not a criminal.

In this way, bad information has put this person more at risk, giving them a false sense of security and arrogance around what should always be treated with care and caution; prescription drugs. The actual way addiction works has nothing whatsoever to do with whether a person is super nice and holds the door open for their peers at a store, attends church or donates to charity. Most importantly, it also does not require any specific age, gender or income level to take hold of a person, making it no different than someone being prone to a car accident itself. Even the most cautious of drivers may find themselves on the phone with an insurance agent.

Avoid addiction requires understanding addiction prior to being put into situations where it’s more likely to happen. How do you avoid an accident if you don’t understand how certain accidents happen? Even if the accident-prone activities or tendencies are known, there’s not any guarantee of avoiding the situation.

For this reason, it’s highly important to be cognizant not only of things like prescription drugs, and whether they have addictive properties, but also things like alcohol use patterns. Also highly important is to maintain a connection to your own mental wellness. Depression and ADHD (attention deficit hyperactivity disorder) are two common connections found in substance use disorders. For ADHD people especially, it often happens that a person doesn’t even know they have ADHD because they’ve never been diagnosed. With depression, often this will go undiagnosed as well or manifest in conjunction with substance abuse.

Unfortunately, healthcare in the United States involves walking a minefield of misinformation and maybe more importantly underfunding at the federal level. As a consumer product, healthcare and knowing your own condition is required to be a personal responsibility and considered part of being an ‘informed consumer’.

Until this changes, do what you can now to avoid conditions which may put you at risk as well as understanding how to identify possible signs of addiction after they may have already developed.

If you’re in Pompano seeking drug rehab with options for residential detox, give First Step Behavioral Health a call at (866) 971-5531.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Brittany has been working in behavioral health since 2012 and is the Assistant Clinical Director at our facility. She is an LCSW and holds a master’s degree in social work. She has great experience with chemical dependency and co-occurring mental health diagnoses as well as various therapeutic techniques. Brittany is passionate about treating all clients with dignity and respect, and providing a safe environment where clients can begin their healing journey in recovery.