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An Alternative to Quitting & Anonymous Groups (AA, NA, etc.)

My approach is based on "harm reduction" principles and utilizes evidence-based treatments such as cognitive-behavioral therapy.
In keeping with the principles of such, I do not demand that my clients who are struggling with an addiction practice abstinence.  While this certainly can be the goal, I focus on whatever is meaningful progress to you!

  1. Addiction
    A psychological dependency usually on some type of substance (i.e., alcohol, heroin/opiates, cocaine, benzodiazepines, etc.) that can sometimes be physical as well.
  2. Behavioral Dependency
    Behavioral Dependency
    Any pattern that one feels compelled to repeat (i.e., binge eating, gaming, sex, gambling, etc.), including substance addictions, even if it adversely impacts an area of his or her life.
Help Me Help You with Your Addiction
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Are you working and/or living here in the Big Apple  and struggling with substance abuse, addiction, or any other type of behavioral dependency (i.e., eating disorder)? Are you not sure if abstinence is right for you? Maybe you want to gradually reduce the negative effects of your behavioral dependency.
What is unique about my approach is how I integrate two therapeutic strategies to effectively help a person make progress in one problem area, such as an addiction, in order to gain leverage to successfully and more effectively make progress in another problem area:
  1. Set The Goal
    Set The Goal
    We start with the problem area that we may be able to make the most progress in initially. We might start making progress by reducing the frequency, intensity, or duration of your addiction or behavioral dependency.
  2. Chart Causes
    Chart Causes
    Once you are less under-the-influence of your behavioral dependency, then we have leverage to help you make better choices in your career, social life, etc. and carry out a plan of action for greater success.
  3. Take Back Control
    Take Back Control
    Feeling more in control of your career or social life, and experiencing greater satisfaction in this area, this gives us leverage to start making even more progress towards reducing the influence of your addiction.
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... In other words, if you are feeling more fulfilled in your social life, for example, this may undermine the need to abuse drugs. My specialty is treating addictions and other behavioral dependencies with a flexible approach for those people who are still "functional" on the job.
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