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Addiction Specialist

Compulsion Control

Ilisa Kaufman, Psy.D

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Specialist located in Miami, FL

Addictions to recreational drugs, prescription medicines, and legal substances like nicotine and alcohol are well known, but there are many others. If you have an addiction to sex, video games, or anything else, clinical psychologist Ilisa Kaufman, PsyD, of Compulsion Control in Miami, Florida, can help with her RIP-R program. Dr. Kaufman's unique approach uses groundbreaking methods that teach you to manage your addictions and find a better way of living. Find out more or schedule a consultation by calling Compulsion Control, or book an appointment online today.

Addiction Q & A

What is addiction?

An addiction is the compulsion to abuse a particular substance or engage in a potentially harmful activity that you’re helpless to control. Even when you know the dangers of pursuing your addiction and it's having a severely detrimental effect on your life, you can't quit when you have an addiction.

Addiction is a complex problem that involves certain systems in your brain. Using a drug or engaging in a specific behavior activates your brain's pleasure centers, so you feel rewarded for your actions. This feeling of reward reinforces the compulsion to continue with addictive behaviors.

Unless you get help for your addiction, there's a genuine possibility that you could lose everything — your family, income, home, health, and in turn, your self-esteem.

What are the types of addictions?

There are many different addictions, but some of the most common include:

  • Alcohol
  • Inhalants (glue and aerosols)
  • Opioids (both heroin and prescription painkillers)
  • Cocaine
  • Nicotine (from smoking)
  • Gambling
  • Video games
  • Sex (including pornography)

The drives that motivate you to pursue an addiction are similar to those that give rise to mental health disorders such as obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), binge eating, hair pulling, and skin picking.

How are addictions treated?

There are many approaches to treating addictions, including comprehensive rehabilitation programs for drug addictions. These programs use medications that help you cope with cravings and reduce your dependency, alongside psychotherapy to address the underlying issues that made you vulnerable to addiction.

Other treatments, such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), exposure response prevention (ERP), group and family therapies, and many others, can also help with various addictions. It's not always easy to find the treatment that works best for your situation, but perseverance does bring relief from the burden of addiction.

How does RIP-R help with addictions?

Dr. Kaufman developed RIP-R after being unable to find a therapy that worked for her obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Although she could see the benefits of treatments like ERP, there were gaps in the program that sometimes hampered her patients’ recovery. There's a close association between OCD and addictions, meaning RIP-R can effectively tackle a wide range of conditions stemming from these core problems.

The program takes you along a journey through various stages of learning and practicing what you've learned. RIP-R offers a long-term, sustainable way of dealing with the problems created by addictions, and then it helps you find the strategies that enable you to divert your energies to more profitable activities.

To find out more about RIP-R and how Dr. Kaufman can help you with a wide range of addictions, call Compulsion Control today or book an appointment online.