Non-chemical addictions

A non-chemical addiction is a complex set of obsessive and repetitive thoughts and behaviors that is not stimulated or aided by the ingestion of a chemical substance. The most frequently observed non-chemical addiction is sexual (porn, adultery) addiction. Internet or social media addiction is also surfacing now among the general population. By comparison, a chemical addiction entails the ingestion of alcohol or other prescription or non-prescription chemicals that act on the brain (including illicit drugs). Dr. Z does not treat chemical (alcohol, drugs) addictions.

Substance abuse or addiction?
I do not treat substance abuse or addiction (alcohol, opiates, benzos, hard drugs, marijuana) and I refer my clients to an addiction specialist or to an in-patient or out-patient treatment center.
However, I do provide counseling to clients in the pre-treatment and post-treatment phases of addiction recovery.
In the pre-treatment phase, I discuss with my clients treatment options and help them evaluate all available alternatives.
In the post-treatment phase, I provide focused counseling which helps in preventing relapse or in getting back on the path to sobriety after a relapse.

How bad is it?

In your treatment on a non-chemical addiction, Dr. Z will explore with you the dimensions of the addiction. It is more likely that you’ll seriously consider treatment with Dr. Z only after you’ve been discovered by or received complaints from your significant other or by a member of your family, or after you’ve gotten in trouble with law enforcement, or after you’ve experienced serious financial consequences.
If none of those major events has happened, yet, do not sit idly by while your addiction continues to fester. It is only a matter of time before it all comes out–sometimes in a very bad way. Take action now!
We will check the following parameters:
Frequency
Severity
Level of Distress
Effect on important relationships
Onset and duration throughout your life

Do you have a non-chemical addiction?

Please look over the following questions. If you answer is yes to one or more (and you’re being honest with yourself), you may need to further explore with Dr. Z the dimensions of your addiction (range, frequency, extent, severity).

Do you regret the amount of time you spend online in online browsing, chats, social media, viewing porn, webcam sex, or chatting with potential partners?
Do you feel preoccupied or distracted by your internet, social media, romantic or sexual thoughts or activity--to the detriment of your relationships?
Does your significant other(s), friends, or family ever worry or complain about your internet, social media, sexual or romantic behavior?
Do you have trouble stopping your internet, social media, sexual behavior when you know it is inappropriate, bothersome to others, and/or dangerous?
Has your involvement with internet, social media, 
porn, online hook-ups, sex and dating websites, cruising social networks for sex, etc., become greater than your intimate contact with your partner?
Do you keep the extent or nature of your internet, social media, sexual activities hidden from your friends and/or your partner?
Do you believe that internet, social media, anonymous or casual sex has kept you from having more long-term intimate relationships or from reaching other personal goals?
Has anyone ever been hurt emotionally by events related to your internet, social media, sexual behavior, e.g. lying to your  partner or friends, nor showing up for an event or appointment, neglecting your partner because of your addiction? (be honest with yourself!)

If you answer yes to one or more of these questions, please make an appointment with Dr. Z online or call 678-554-5632 to discuss treatment with Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), the most effective non-medication treatment for this type of problem.

Get help

To make an appointment with Dr. Z, call (678) 554-5632 or click the blue button to request an appointment using the online form. We can go over your current situation, identify the ways in which this addiction is affecting your life and that of your loved ones, and how current conflicts or low functioning are impairing important relationships. We will put some dimensions to the problem, and identify your current resources that may be applied toward meaningful and lasting change. We'll treat your symptoms with CBT and help you feel calmer and increase your ability to choose the most appropriate response to each situation. Treating non-chemical addiction with CBT is feasible, it’s proven to be effective, and has helped many people who had a variety of different symptoms and challenges. Make your appointment today and we can get started!

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What is addiction?

Addiction is a primary, chronic disease of brain reward, motivation, memory and related circuitry. Dysfunction in these circuits leads to characteristic biological, psychological, social and spiritual manifestations. This is reflected in an individual pathologically pursuing reward and/or relief by substance use and other addictive behaviors (porn, sexual contact, voyerurism, exhibitionism).

Addiction is characterized by inability to consistently abstain, impairment in behavioral control, craving, diminished recognition of significant problems with one’s behaviors and interpersonal relationships, and a dysfunctional emotional response. Like other chronic diseases, addiction often involves cycles of relapse and remission.

Without treatment or engagement in recovery activities, addiction is progressive and can result in disability or premature death.

Source: American Society of Addiction Medicine - Public Policy Statement on Treatment for Alcohol and Other Drug Addiction, Adopted: May 01, 1980, Revised: January 01, 2010