Self-Fulfilling Prophecy

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

People seeking help for substance abuse like alcohol treatment in Pompano, often have to go through social gauntlet of misrepresentation, mistreatment and general hostility and guilt tripping. Substance abuse disorder, even within much of the medical community, is seen as a moral issue almost exclusively. Snap judgements are often put upon the person looking for south Florida drug rehab options. People making these instinctive assessments often think they helping the person, but studies show that it typically has the opposite effect.

Consider the term ‘guilty pleasure’ and what it implies and how it ends up becoming a source of guilt in the first place. If you’re seen as a very manly-man, for instance, and are supposed to like ‘manly things’ like working out, playing football, etc. then you probably would not want to reveal to anyone that one of your favorite things is to watch sappy romantic comedies and your favorite one makes you cry every time you watch it. It’s something you’re going to hide from everyone in order to appease society’s expectations upon how you project yourself in public and even among close friends and family members. You may never tell anyone about that thing, even though there’s no real consequences. A guilty pleasure isn’t even a serious thing to worry about, but there’s consequences you are afraid of for revealing something that’s incredibly harmless.

Now consider substance use disorder and the social consequences of being seen as an addict. So many aspects of what an addict does creates a situation where someone who wants help won’t even seek it for fear of society’s viewpoint of what kind of person they are, regardless of their circumstances for ending up with the condition in the first place. The assumptions frequently made about an addict is that they’re liars, thiefs, criminals, junkies, losers, etc. It’s so ingrained into society to have these beliefs that most don’t even realize that many addictions begin under innocuous circumstances such as receiving pain medication from a complete legitimate hospital visit.

Now, if many people’s guilty pleasures remain hidden and are often extremely mundane activities, then it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy for someone with an addiction to hide it. Once a person has developed severe addiction, self reporting becomes less and less of an option. Depending on the kind of addiction a person suffers from, it may affect them deeply in the financial area of their life and they have to steal money to feed it. They’ll lie to friends and family about they’re physical condition if caught under the influence of the substance they cannot break free of. They’ll ultimately choose to self destruct rather than ask for help, creating a cycle that leads to them turning into the thing people thought of them before they even had a chance to ask for assistance in getting well.

It’s a tragedy as studies show that an incredibly large amount of people end up falling into this trap.

Don’t hide your suffering from fear of judgement. Call First Step Behavioral Health at (866) 971-5531, which offers many treatment options including residential detox.

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.