Therapy for Addiction
Addiction strikes people from a variety of backgrounds. People who suffer from addictions are often creative, very emotionally connected, and highly empathetic. But, addiction steals their lives and their joy. It can rip apart individuals and families.
Common addictions can include:
Addictive thinking is a key aspect of any addiction. Some examples of addictive thinking are:
Our Approach to Addiction Therapy
Step 1: We conduct an assessment to determine the level of addiction and to evaluate the client’s needs, which can range from:
- Residential Treatment
- Intensive Outpatient Therapy
- Outpatient Therapy once a week with Ed in his office
Step 2: We formulate a plan that includes family participation
Step 3: We begin therapy
We then develop a relationship of trust and openness with the client. Once a solid therapist-client relationship has been established, we will:
Our Philosophy About Recovery From Addiction
We believe, as psychologist Carl Rogers did, that for people to heal they need:
- Genuineness (openness and self-disclosure)
- Acceptance (being seen with unconditional positive regard)
- Empathy (being listened to and understood)
We apply this philosophy by possessing a genuine desire to understand each client’s process and his/her struggle and pain. We try to ensure each client knows he/she is seen and heard, respected, and honored.
We express acceptance for each client where he or she is in the moment, and assure the client both verbally and non-verbally that he/she is important and accepted, We validate the client’s feelings and thoughts. This doesn’t mean approving of the addictive behavior, but rather helping the client understand that that the emotionally protective behavior (part of addiction) is a natural response to proposed change.
We pride ourselves on our natural empathy for others and we use active empathy as an intervention
We apply evidence-based interventions in our addiction therapy, such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT)
Recovery from an addiction is about rebirth. It is about reconnecting to a true self that has been lost. We believe that clients are naturally healthy. Our job is to assist them as they heal and to guide them to develop their own internal therapist. This will help them reclaim their lives and master their thoughts and feelings.