Stafford Marriage & Family Counseling

Lynne Head, Board Certified Therapist

Addiction Therapy

Transparent ButterflyWhy do we become addicted?

Addictions are typically outward manifestations of an inner struggle with anxiety or low self-esteem. We use these external diversions to shield ourselves and others from the root problem. By focusing on the underlying cause of the anxiety or self-esteem issues, we can together reduce or eliminate the need for self-destructive, addictive behaviors.

Areas of Treatment:


A disease and addiction which results in the continued consumption of alcoholic beverages despite health problems and negative social consequences.   [top]

Drug Abuse

Taking a psychoactive drug or performance enhancing drug for a non-therapeutic or non-medical effect. Some of the drugs most often associated with this term include alcohol, amphetamines, barbiturates, benzodiazepines, cocaine and opium.   [top]

Problem Gambling (ludomania)

The urge to gamble despite harmful negative consequences or a desire to stop. Problem gambling often is defined by whether harm is experienced by the gambler or others, rather than by the gambler”s behavior.   [top]

Sexual Addiction

A controversial phenomenon in which individuals report being unable to manage their sexual behavior. It is also called “hypersexuality”, “sexual dependency” and “sexual compulsivity”.   [top]

Internet Addiction Disorder (IAD)

Internet overuse, problematic computer use or pathological computer use that interferes with daily life.   [top]

Compulsive Shopping (oniomania)

A medical term for compulsive desire to shop, more commonly referred to as compulsive shopping, compulsive buying, shopping addiction or shopaholism.   [top]

Pornography Addiction

A form of sexual addiction characterized by obsessive viewing, reading, thinking about pornography and sexual themes to the detriment of other areas of daily life.   [top]

Food Addiction

Characterized by an obsessive/compulsive relationship- to food. An individual suffering food addiction disorder engages in frequent episodes of uncontrolled eating or bingeing, during which they may feel frenzied or out of control. Unlike individuals with bulimia compulsive overeaters do not attempt to compensate for their bingeing with purging behaviors such as fasting, laxative use or vomiting.   [top]

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