Alcohol and chemical dependence is a complex disorder that encompasses intense cravings and compulsive drug seeking. Substance abuse can include addiction to alcohol, prescription drugs, heroin, cocaine, marijuana and other addictive substances. While the pathway to drug addiction begins with voluntary acts of taking drugs, over time drug use can become uncontrollable. Drug addiction results from a complex interaction between an individual’s mind and body. An individual’s genetic makeup and health can precipitate the development of addiction. In some families, addiction can occur from generation to generation. Additionally, addiction is a brain disease involving multiple brain circuits, specifically those related to motivation, learning and behavior.Lastly, the social environment that we live in has a significant influence over our lives and any conflict with others may be a contributing factor in seeking drugs. Understanding and identifying the actual triggers of addiction is an important aspect of treatment.
As a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor and Health Psychologist, Dr. Mazzei works collaboratively with patients to develop a customized and confidential treatment approach to treat addiction. Because addiction is a complex interaction of mind, body, and environment, treatment typically requires multiple components, including counseling and lifestyle management.
Engaging in counseling with a an addiction specialist has been shown to be an effective treatment for drug addiction. The goal of substance abuse treatment is to help individuals identify the causes of their addiction, to develop the necessary skills to cope with addiction, and to foster positive life changes. Sometimes, therapy involves family members, which can help to improve relationships. Seeing someone trained to help facilitate appropriate changes in thinking, emotions, and behavior and in relationships can help to treat the devastating effects of addiction. In addition, incorporating other therapies, such as biofeedback and neurofeedback, can be very helpful adjuncts to addiction treatment.
In addition to addiction counseling, Dr. Mazzei offers substance abuse evaluations to provide a comprehensive assessment of an individual’s substance abuse issues and specific treatment recommendations.