Addictions & Compulsions

Therapy for Addictions and Compulsions

Research shows that genetic factors play a role in addiction. In fact, scientists estimate that 50% of any person’s likelihood of developing an addiction is determined by their genetic makeup. Environment is also thought to play a significant role: someone who is never exposed to a substance can never try it and thus will be unable to become addicted to it. Impulsivity is another factor can influence the development of an addiction, as people with an addiction tend to also exhibit impulsivity at higher rates.

Compulsive behaviors and addictions may substitute feelings of stress, inadequacy, fear or loss for a sense of power, euphoria, confidence, validation, or other feelings that may otherwise be lacking in a person's life. Psychotherapy is designed to help people identify uncomfortable feelings and sources of distress in order to change and grow. People who struggle with compulsive behavior and addiction are best supported through therapy designed to address the underlying causes of their addictive and/or compulsive behaviors, such as trauma, stress, past abuse, and others.

As a highly qualified drug and alcohol counselor, Dr. Holland provides the most effective treatments for managing compulsive behaviors and addictions, and she will design the therapy to address the unique behaviors that the client may want to change.

Contact Dr. Holland to learn more and to schedule an appointment or call 707-479-2946.