Loving Yourself Through Your Oxycodone Treatment

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Coming back from oxycodone treatment at First Step’s South Florida Rehab Center, you may find it hard to forgive yourself for the pain and suffering your substance abuse and addiction has caused in your life, and the lives of the people around you. Even though you would never tear down a friend for their disease, you spend much of your time in shame and self loathing because of yours. But self loathing and shame are part of what helped foster your alcohol and oxycodone habits to begin with.


Addiction Is A Complicated Disease Killing

With so many elements at the foundation of addiction, boiling it down to you just being a bad person or worthless, as you perhaps feel sometimes, is really underestimating your disease. And also, it is simply false. Addiction is the result of a perfect storm of many different life variables, and genetics all coming together.


Often people are exposed to Opioids like Oxycodone as prescription painkillers. They are a slippery slope and thousands of people die every year due to fatal overdose because they so quickly become chemically dependant on the drug. The point is, Opioids are ubiquitous in our current society, readily available to almost anyone via prescription or illicit means. Opioids make you feel euphoric and relaxed, they attach themselves to the reward center in the brain and a person quickly becomes addicted. To someone recovering from trauma, or predisposed to addiction it is a firm possibility that they could be exposed to the drug and very quickly become an opioid addict.

Oxycodone Treatment is Your First Act In Self Care

“Caring for myself is not self-indulgence. It is self-preservation and that is an act of political warfare.” Audre Lorde

It’s time to forgive yourself, take care of yourself, and foster a genuine love for yourself. When you were going through withdrawal from Oxycodone and you felt like you were dying you found yourself feeling a deep rage toward yourself for the questionable judgement and poor choices you had made that brought you to that point. You swore if you survived this withdrawal from oxycodone that you would make yourself into someone you could actually love someday. The way to self love is through self care.


The moment you picked up the phone and called 1st Step’s South Florida Rehab Center you began taking care of yourself and taking responsibility for your own self care. That choice is a true act of self love and it’s the one that matters the most.


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.