Addiction Counseling

Most addiction or substance abuse counseling is based around the premise that addiction is a primary issue, to be addressed at the physical and behavioral level. As an addiction counselor in Englewood, FL, I am driven to believe that addiction rehabilitation begins when we realize that it is a symptom of something deeper.

Traditionally, addiction is defined as a disease. In fact, most medical associations, including the American Medical Association and the American Society of Addiction Medicine consider it as such. They believe that like diabetes, cancer and heart disease, addiction is caused by a combination of behavioral, environmental and biological factors.

From the perspective of addiction-as-symptom, an addiction is the attempt to ease the pain or difficultly of unknown, deeply rooted psychological or emotional issues through the use—or overuse—of behaviors or substances.

Whether considered a primary issue or a symptom, the cessation of problematic behaviors remains the goal of all addiction counseling. If you work with me, we will concentrate on uncovering, processing, and eliminating the underlying emotional motivations for addictive behaviors is also a goal.

If necessary, any detoxification requirements will need to be addressed with a medical provider. However, once your body is clear of substances, the work of discovering and eliminating unconscious sources of motivation for, and power behind your problematic choices will be primary.

Get on the road to controlling your addictions. Click the button below to make an appointment or contact me with any questions.

I work with Charlotte County Probation for those individuals who are court ordered for an evaluation and/or treatment.


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1460 S McCall Rd, Suite 1H
Englewood, FL 34223
(941) 681-0616

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