Your Drug Addiction is Affecting More than You

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

If you think your addiction to a substance has either gone unnoticed or that it’s not affecting anyone but you, you’re sorely mistaken. And depending on the drug or drugs that you’re addicted to, there’s a chance that everyone in your life knows about and is impacted by the substances you’re buying in South Florida.


Your Family Cares

Do you believe your family hasn’t given your addiction, or even you, a second thought lately? If so, you’re probably far off base on that assumption with the exception of some families, of course. Whether you’re married, a parent, single, or you still live at home with your parents, your immediate family has probably noticed at least a few changes in your behavior or your appearance. If they haven’t brought it up with you, there’s a lot of reasons they aren’t talking to you about your drug addiction. Out of those reasons, there are three that most avoidant family members have:

  1. Ignorance

For some family members in South Florida who haven’t approached you about your drug addiction, they are missing some important information. This can be something like not understanding how bad your addiction is or how dangerous it is to use and abuse certain substances. When this is the reason they haven’t talked to you yet, it usually means you are spending a lot of energy hiding your addiction, which still impacts them because you’re spending so much more time away from them now.


  1. Anxiety

Due to some reason or another, there’s a chance that family member(s) are actively trying to ignore your drug addiction no matter how bad it is. This anxiety to talk to you about your problem might be because they’re not good about opening up or they hate talking about difficult topics. Likewise, some of them might be anxious to discuss your drug addiction because of some experience in their own past dealing with substance use or abuse.


  1. Fear

Many drug addicts in South Florida (or anywhere else) have behavioral changes that make kids, spouses, siblings, or parents afraid to talk to them. It might feel absurd when thinking of yourself like that, but drug and alcohol abuse are notorious for causing increased irritability and aggression. Even if you don’t realize it, your drug-influenced behavior might might not only avoid the topic of your drug abuse, but they’ll probably try to avoid you as much as possible.


Get the Help You Need

Should you find yourself with a drug addiction in South Florida and you’re worried it’s starting to negatively impact the people you love most in your life, contact us to get started with detox or rehab services. You can get in touch with us by calling (866) 971-5531 or submitting a contact form for yourself.

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.