Athena Staik, Ph.D., LMFT
Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist
406 Chatham Square Office Park #102, Fredericksburg, Virginia 22405
Addiction patterns of behavior are those habits that are viewed as harmful and that we want to stop (or loved ones ask us to stop)—yet cannot. The primary goals of treatment are to help persons acknowledge and accept own addiction patterns as problematic, recognize the high costs and consequences, and accept complete responsibility for restoring key relationships harmed by the problem behaviors. Another key goal is the development of honesty and authentic relations, with self and others, as a means of restoring balance and harmony, and increasing understanding and knowledge of self. To do so, the process involves building awareness, practicing presence, self-acceptance and self-love.
Catherine Turner, M.Div., LCSW
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
5700 W Grace St., Suite 108, Richmond, Virginia 23226
Addiction is often talked about in terms of a disease. Therefore, no real positive change is likely to occur without treatment. In my professional experience, most people develop an addiction as a means to cope with an entirely different problem. I believe addiction therapy then, is less about the problem behavior, and more about treating the original issue. For example, a person may drink or use drugs to numb the painful feelings of the abuse they encountered as a child. In addition to individual therapy sessions, I also offer substance abuse assessments for those than may be required to have one completed.