Michael MacMunn, LICSW, LADC
Licensed Social Worker, Licensed Alcohol & Drug Counselor
30 Court Street, Westfield, Massachusetts 01085
Addiction is a broad based term. When I use it, I include alcohol, drugs, gambling, sex, food, and the internet. These addictions are all characterized by obsessions about use, compulsive acting out, and downward progression in the individuals's life. Treatment begins with the person seeing that they have a problem, which is not always easy. The next step is developing a plan to help the person stop the addiction. Much care has to be taken to address the issues of staying stopped. These include triggers and lifestyle changes. The addict also has to develop or re-engage with support systems. I help someone with all of these steps.
Stephen Price, D.Min.
Licensed Pastoral Psychotherapist
133 Grove Street, Peterborough, New Hampshire 03458
As creatures of habit and as human beings with stress and frustration and emotional pain we can easily get into a pattern of taking some brain/mood altering substance or behavior(such as cigarettes, alcohol, drugs, sex, over exercise) that makes us feel good for the moment and escape our problems. Particularly if addiction runs in the family we can become addicted and lose control. Addiction seems to take over and run our life. Denial is a major symptom of addiction where we sometimes think we have control and can stop when, in fact, we can’t. My approach to helping people deal with their addiction is to make sure they participate in a detox and rehabilitation program either as an inpatient