Specialist Supply & Demand

Last Updated: Sep 20th 2019

Reviewed by Brittany Polansky, MSW, LCSW

Substance abuse treatment in Florida, especially in Pompano drug rehab centers, rely on specialists, experts and certified practitioners to ensure patients seeking help have the best possible chance at recovery. Addiction treatment has come a long way since the early days where the only option was to either try (and often fail) to get well alone or to submit to generally ineffective faith-based programs that usually did more to make people attending feel terrible about themselves rather than treat the causes of addiction itself. Even as recently as the 1960’s, addiction was clinically seen by psychologists to be a form of psychosis and psychotic behavior.

As the medical, scientific and psychology fields have continued to advance and accumulate information which paints a more complete picture of how addiction works to change the neurobiology of a person’s brain and the mechanics which surround the forming of a substance use disorder, treatment itself has become more effective. There are, though, still problems that are occurring within the treatment options that have two problems that must be overcome; training and information.

For some kinds of treatment, such as the use of some medication assisted treatments for opioid use disorder, a physician is required to attend special seminars, typically on their own time and their own dime, to be approved to prescribe the helpful medication. Some of these drugs will also be highly limited in terms of the maximum amount of prescriptions they can give out and often require ‘refreshers’ to keep their privileges or to expand how many patients they’re allowed to prescribe to. For this reason, treating addiction with clinically proven drugs that inhibit cravings is relatively rare, and contributes to the other issue of training.

Many hospitals will see patients coming in who have overdosed on a drug and along with the lack of medications that can help with preventing the worst effects of the overdose, many will not know that such drugs exist. Compounding the problem is that if a patient comes in exhibiting the early signs of addiction, doctors aren’t typically trained to recognize the symptoms. Worse yet, doctors themselves may still hold on to the outdated beliefs of morality as part of addiction and even harm a person’s chances of seeking treatment by the way they interact with a patient they suspect may have an addiction.

Overall, this has created a very terrible situation in which finding a quality south Florida rehab centers largely the job of the person addicted rather than health officials and practitioners who are expected to do whatever is necessary to improve overall public health, which itself presents a lot of problems as well. With the demand for quality treatment centers going up, there’s a high probability that centers without quality staff may fill the ‘market need’ which could be worse than doctors simply not knowing how to handle patients that come through their office or the ER and their substance abuse problems.

If you or someone you know is suffering from substance use disorder, treatment options are available from First Step Behavioral Health. Call (866) 971-5531 for more info.

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.