Rethinking Addiction as a Response to Emotional Pain

addiction in response to emotional pain - therapist Long Island NY

“ADDICTION isn’t a choice anyone makes. It’s a RESPONSE to emotional pain.”

There is no-one-size-fits all when it comes to addiction counselling.

Every addict is different, with their own problems and reasons for adopting the addictive habit. Equally, the path to recovery is different for everybody, and a trained counselor will be able to tailor their advice to what suits best the needs of the individual patient. They may also be able to recommend them to other support groups or further treatment where this may be necessary.

Do we need to rethink addiction? | BBC Ideas

“Addiction is not a choice anybody makes. It’s a response to emotional pain.”Do we need to rethink addiction?

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Nancy specializes in addiction with much emphasis on substance abuse.

She has helped many adolescents and adults stop abusing pain medication, heroin, and other illicit substances. She is gentle and compassionate in her approach, helping bring to light what response to emotional pain each person may have that brought on the addiction in the first place.

addiction in response to emotional pain - Nancy Hilsenrath, LCSW, CASAC, SAP

Licenses / Certifications:

  • NY State Certified Social Worker
  • NY State Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Specialized training in Domestic Violence
  • Substance Abuse Professional
  • Certified Alcohol & Substance Abuse Professional
  • EMDR therapist

Professional Affiliations:

  • National Association of Social Workers
  • Fellow of the NY State Society for Clinical Social Work
  • Board Certified Diplomat of the American Board of Examiners in Clinical Social Work

For more information about counseling:

Contact Nancy Hilsenrath, LCSW, CASAC, SAP for info. about therapy near you.
EMAIL NANCY or call (718) 551-2777
3 COUNSELING LOCATIONS: West Hempstead, NY, Douglaston, NY, Hewlett, NY

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