Addiction

My name is Maureen McGurk and I’m a Certified Advanced Alcohol & Drug Counselor.  I have years of experience helping people recover from drug and alcohol abuse and addiction.

Addiction is enslavement to a substance or activity that results in the deterioration of an individual’s health, relationships, and standing in the community.

All addictions have the following characteristics in common:

  •      Preoccupation with the substance or activity
  •      Continued involvement with a substance/activity despite the negative consequences
  •      Impairment in behavioral control
  •      Craving
  •      Inability to consistently abstain

 Since addiction is progressive, it always gets worse

Treatment is necessary for help in abstaining from the substance while exploring the attitudes, thoughts, emotions, behavior patterns that contribute to the addiction.  Cognitive Behavioral therapy has been found to be effective in the treatment of addictions.  Treatment includes helping the individual to develop healthy coping skills while learning how to abstain from the addictive behavior.

I am dedicated to providing the most current and evidenced-based therapies with empathy and acceptance.  Therapy is strictly confidential and offered through individual counseling.

My office is located in Doylestown in Bucks County, Pa.