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Addictive and Compulsive Behavior

Lakeview Center takes a practical non-judgemental approach to treating substance abuse, drug addiction, gambling addiction, sex adddiction, commpulsive shopping, internet addiction, and other compulsive behaviors.

Substance Abuse

Many people find it difficult to admit that their substance use had become out of control and is interfering with their lives. If you have made repeated attempts to cut down or quit alcohol or drug use, or you feel like your drug use is affecting your work personal relationships, substance abuse counseling can help.

At Lakeview Center we address both substance abuse behavior and the deeper underlying emotional issues that contribute to these patterns. We take an open, non-judgemental attitude toward these difficulties and will work with you to discuss treatment alternatives that will meet your individual needs. If you need a more intensive treatment program, we will help you find the appropriate level of care and maintain contact while you participate in residential, day treatment, or intensive outpatient treatment. After you complete this level of treatment, we will continue to work with you to maintain your progress and continue to address issues such as trauma, low self-esteem, and relationship problems that can lead to relapse.

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

OCD is an anxiety disorder characterized by intrusive thoughts, images, or impulses (obsessions), and/or repetitive behaviors or mental acts (compulsions) that are often performed to alleviate the anxiety caused by the obsessions. These thoughts and behaviors are usually very distressing and time-consuming. Common obsessions include:
fear of contamination, fear of hurting oneself or others, violent or sexually explicit thoughts or images, religious or moral ideas. Common compulsions include: checking, counting, hoarding, ordering/arranging, and praying.

OCD is highly treatable, usually with a combination of individual therapy and medication. At Lakeview Center For Psychotherapy we have expertise in treating OCD through a combination of Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), insight-oriented therapy, and relaxation and mindfulness practices.

For more information about OCD treatment, contact us
at 773-525-3322, ext. 42.

Compulsive Self-Injury

What is self-injury? Self-injury is a pattern of inflicting pain or wounds on one’s body in response to emotional distress. Common types of self-injury are scratching, biting or hitting oneself, cutting oneself with a sharp object, or burning oneself with heat or chemicals. Injuries may range from superficial scratches to wounds requiring stitches.

For those who do not self-injure, it may be difficult to understand how harming one’s body provides emotional relief. For the self-injurer, the symptom helps them cope with their feelings in one of several ways:
1) The physical pain becomes a welcome distraction from emotional pain.
2) The act of self-injury become a way to communicate feelings to others without using words, to show others hurt or angry feelings through actions.
3) Some self-injurers feel numb or cut off from their feelings. Some even report feeling invisible or unreal. The act of self-injuring helps them feel more grounded and connected to themselves.
4) The pain from self-injury can release chemicals in the brain called endorphins. These are the same chemicals that cause athletes to get a “runner’s high.” This pleasurable feeling takes away feelings of stress or depression. Many self-injurers experience several of these phenomena. This makes self-injury a dependable coping strategy despite its often severe consequences.

At Lakeview Center, we can help self-injurers replace harmful behaviors with more effective coping strategies. Using a combination of Dialectical Behavioral Therapy, insight-oriented therapy, and mindfulness, we can help clients manage difficult emotions and understand the issues underlying this distressing behavior.

For more information about treatment for self-injury, contact us at 773-525-3322, ext. 42.

Gambling Addiction, Sex Addiction, and other Compulsive Behaviors

Gambling, sex, shopping, work, television watching, procrastination, and internet use are examples of behaviors that, for some people, can become problematic. How do you know if these behaviors have gotten out of control? Ask yourself the following questions:

Is the behavior interfering with your life?
Is it affecting your relationships, your work, your health, your financial stability?
Is the behavior escalating?
Have you failed repeatedly to quit?

If you answered yes to any of the questions, it may be time to seek help. These behaviors are very difficult to change on your own. At Lakeview Center we have experience and expertise in treating compulsions through integrative therapy. Cognitive/Behavioral techniques, mindfulness practices, and insight oriented therapy help you cope with urges to engage in compulsive behavior, develop alternative coping skills, and understand the issues underlying the compulsion. Treatment for compulsive behavior will vary depending on the specific behavior and the degree of severity, but will usually involve a plan for abstinence, stress management, and relationship rebuilding. Your therapist will help you explore the dynamics of your compulsive behavior, including the underlying emotions, thoughts, and relationship patterns that may have contributed to the its development.

For more information about treatment for compulsive behavior, contact us at 773-525-3322, ext. 42.

Areas of Expertise

Child, Adolescent, and Family Treatment

Couples Counseling

Group Therapy and Support Groups


Compulsive Behavior

Fertility Counseling/Pregnancy and
Postpartum Issues


Mindfulness and Meditation

Relational Psychoanalytic Therapy

Movement and Body-Centered Therapy