Personalized OCD and Addiction Therapy in Chicago
At its core, compulsive behavior is a persistent pressure to perform an act without it ever leading to a positive outcome. The presentation of compulsive behavior varies widely depending on the individual. In many cases, the specific behavior or act is performed with the ultimate goal of relieving internal stress or apprehension, often to a point that lacks complete satisfaction. This is what makes the behavior so compulsive; the desired outcome is never totally achieved, thus an individual feels compelled to perform the act again, increasing thereafter the likelihood of its repetition, as well as the frequency of its return. Among the many types of compelling acts classified as compulsive behavior are addiction and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). These are also the most common presentations of compulsive behavior we tend to see.
At Wellington Counseling Group, our team of expert psychologists is dedicated to crafting treatment and therapy for addiction and compulsive behavior that is as unique to the patient as the experience of the disorder itself. Let’s discuss what our compulsive behavior and addiction therapy solutions look like and determine whether or not WCG might be the right fit for you.
Understanding Addiction and Other Compulsive Behavior
About 50 million people worldwide suffer from some form of compulsive behavior. A patient's ability to go about their everyday life while battling a behavior-related condition like addiction or OCD depends heavily on the individual. Some patients cope better than others and many don’t even consider their compulsive behavior a detriment to their livelihood. More often than not, the family and friends of a patient are really the ones who bring the issue to the attention of an individual.
In many cases, patients who seek out OCD or addiction therapy in our Cook County offices bring with them an underlying experience or trauma that has led to the compulsive behavior issues they struggle with. From substance abuse to obsessive hair pulling (also called Trichotillomania) and everything in between, there is often a yet-unknown, but deep-rooted experience that has contributed to the emergence of the present-day unwanted behavior.
Therapy For Addiction and Compulsive Behavior
Our approach to therapy for addiction and compulsive behavior is comprehensive. We are not only looking at the symptoms and what that means for the everyday life of the patient and their families, but also looking toward what led the patient to the problems they are facing today. This comprehensive perspective helps us craft a therapy approach that strives to overcome the ebb and flow of external triggers outside of our office, so that patients can truly experience the feeling of making progress.
What Therapy For Addiction Looks Like At WCG
With multiple offices around the Chicagoland area and extensive partnerships with professionals within various disciplines, we have a wide variety of resources that support our patients who are struggling with addiction and compulsive behavior. While mental health is complex, our approach to therapy for addiction and compulsive behavior follows a clear and simple path.
First, we bring you in to meet with one of our therapists with an addiction specialty. They will perform an initial evaluation. This non-invasive appointment might include diagnostic questionnaires and comfortable conversation that will help us determine whether or not an addiction or compulsion is, in fact, what the patient is facing. The evaluation process helps us collect objective information to guide the treatment protocol in the most beneficial direction.
Once we’ve determined the root of the compulsive behavior, as addiction and OCD can often be secondary to another psychological issue, we can then design a treatment protocol that aligns with the individual’s needs and goals. This may include outside resources, like a primary care physician, or the inclusion of friends and family members who may be impacted by the compulsive behavior or addiction.
The united approach we take to treating compulsions and addictions helps us offer patients the support they need throughout the lifespan.
Why Consider Wellington Counseling Group for Addiction Therapy In Chicago
At Wellington Counseling Group, we pride ourselves on taking a whole-body approach to therapy for addiction and OCD. We are not looking to just treat the symptoms and send you on your way. Rather, we want to understand the life experiences that make you who you are and have led you on the path you’re on so we can support you across every plane of your life.
If you or a loved one are suffering from compulsive behaviors, contact Wellington Counseling Group today to learn more about our options for OCD and addiction therapy in Chicago.