- Do you feel a persistent, intense urge to use a substance or engage in a particular unhealthy behavior?
- Does it feel like your need to use a substance or engage in an unhealthy behavior is consuming all your mental and physical energy?
- Do you need increasingly greater amounts of your substance of choice in order to feel the desired effects?
- Do you continue to pursue your addiction despite its negative consequences?
Addictions are often hard to understand and even harder to control. Addictions can affect you on a chemical level, and in many cases, they can create a psychological dependence as well that makes them self-sustaining.
The longer you struggle with an addiction, the more your mind and body become used to the thought processes, lifestyle, and chemicals involved, and the more your own natural habits (like stress coping) break down without the addictive substance.
We work with all types of addictions, including:
- Illicit and Prescription Drug Addiction
- Alcohol Addiction
- Gambling Addiction
- Food Addiction
- Work Addiction
- Sex and Pornography Addiction, and More
It’s because of these struggles that we at Long Island Psychology offer safe, effective treatments for addiction. As Long Island addictions psychologists, we have worked with many individuals struggling with abuse and dependence, and we want to help you stay free of addiction once and for all.
If you are interested in learning more, please call us at (516) 732-0273. We have offices in Garden City, NY and Lawrence, NY, and we offer remote therapy services that provide addiction treatment for NY state no matter where you may be located.
The Addiction Toolbox
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Sometimes it’s hard to tell you have an addiction until it has already progressed, because you may “feel” like you can stop at any time. Yet that self-control often doesn’t last long, or stress and situations cause you to feel like you need it “just one more time,” and you hop right back into your addiction.
That’s why it’s important to see an addictions therapist. With our addictions counseling service, we will:
- Support you in your efforts to achieve and maintain sobriety
- Challenge and change self-defeating messages, thoughts, and behaviors that sustain your addiction
- Assess the current function of your addiction and replace it with more effective behaviors
- Teach healthy coping skills and equip you with a sense of control over your recovery
- Understand the various social and psychological triggers that can lead to relapse
- Identify your typical patterns of thinking and explore how they impact your addiction
- Improve your ability to tolerate stress, regulate emotions, and navigate interpersonal relationships
- Encourage recognition of your internal and external strengths, resources, and needs
We tailor each approach to you, including not only the type of addiction, but also your personality, experiences, and more.
- A range of insight-oriented and behavioral techniques from modalities such as Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), Mindfulness/ACT, Psychodynamic Therapy, Motivational Interviewing, and Contingency Management
- Group sessions with family members and/or other significant players in your life
- The incorporation of complementary activities to help with recovery and stress management (e.g. exercise, yoga, meditation, massage)
- Psychological and/or psychopharmacological treatments (medication) – Both can be used to assist in recovery and management of withdrawal symptoms, however a blend of both is often the ideal approach. We will refer our clients to a qualified psychiatrist for an evaluation if medication is indicated in the course of treatment.
- Recommendations that will vary depending on one’s age, specific addiction, severity of symptoms, readiness for treatment, and influence of other physical, medical, or mental disorders
YOUR ROLE IN
- Readiness to own the responsibility for change rather than blaming others
- Willingness to be truthful and honest about your substance use/incidents of relapse
- Openness to exploring unresolved emotions and conflicts from the past
- Openness to including family members or other significant players in the treatment
- Patience, a collaborative spirit, and commitment to the treatment process
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With offices in Garden City and Rockville Centre, we are capable of serving all of the Greater Long Island Area, and we are confident that Long Island psychologist Dr. Marc Shulman and psychologist Dr. Atara Wertentheil will help you start making significant changes to the way that addictions control your life. All you need is to take the first step and start seeking out the help.
If you’re in need of Long Island therapy and want to find out more about our strategies for treatment, contact us today at (516) 732-0273. We can talk about what the process will include, get to know each other, and start making the changes that will keep you free of these harmful addictions once and for all.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will I be working with the same psychologist each session?
Yes. Whether working with Dr. Marc Shulman or Dr. Atara Wertentheil, you will be working consistently with a psychologist that will help you recover unless a need is discussed during a session that would benefit from a different therapist.
Do you accept insurance?
We are not an in-network provider for any insurances, but we may be an “out-of-network” provider on some insurance plans. Please contact your insurance company to see what mental health treatments are covered.
I need help with another type of addiction (smoking, hoarding, etc.). Can you help?
Yes, of course. Please call us, and we’ll talk about what services make the most sense.
I want to keep my addictions a secret from my friends and family. Are you confidential?
Yes, all interactions between us remain confidential, unless we become concerned for your physical safety or the safety of others, in which case we would need to discuss whether disclosure to other sources of help is necessary.