Tory Brock, LIMHP
Addiction affects the same part of the brain that controls emotional regulation, decision making, rational thoughts and impulsivity. This is why many times the behaviors surrounding addiction are negative. They are often compulsive and uncontrollable behaviors that have resulted from the drug/alcohol use and how that use has changed the way the brain works.
My approach to addiction is about connection, not punitive. When a person feels heard and understood they are more able to focus on the hard work of recovery. I help individuals understand what addiction is and how it affects themselves and their families. I take a practical approach to developing a recovery and relapse prevention plan that will work for them.
I offer individual outpatient treatment for substance abuse issues as well as family sessions to learn how to best support the whole family in recovery.
Deb Baldwin, LIMHP, PLADC
I provide drug and alcohol treatment to help people regain control over their lives and deal in healthy ways with past trauma and family patterns. But did you know that food can fit the addictive pattern too? In addition to treating drug and alcohol addictions, I address eating disorders as addictions. Do you feel powerless over food? You are not alone.The definition for substance addiction undeniably can apply to eating disorders: Unmanageability. Preoccupation. Denial. Minimization. Powerlessness. Guilt & shame.
Food is a social event. Sharing food is greatly valued and experienced in all cultures. It is a formidable way of fostering closeness and building trust. But being obsessive with food, either eating too much or too little, is a sign of food being used to medicate one’s feelings and emotions, instead of being used as a reaction to physical hunger. Food becomes a way to soothe pain and manage stress. Buried childhood trauma (such as sexual abuse), loneliness, and anxiety are some of the hidden influences that push an overeater to pursue the safety and sedation of food. If the feeling you have in your body (or mind) can be satisfied by anything other than food, then it is not a psychical hunger you are feeling.
I treat eating disorders (and substance/alcohol addictions) by treating the whole person – past and present, psychological and social. Together we can make a difference and help you learn to manage your relationship with food in a healthy and joyful way.