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Raymond Nourmand, Ph.D.
Addiction Psychologist For Men

Drug Addiction Therapy

Drug addiction therapy is designed for people struggling with drug addictions or related problems, including drug-binging, drug abuse, and chronic drug relapsing. Whether the drugs used are marijuana, cocaine, opiates, pain pills, or others, improper use of drugs can lead a person to a sad, helpless, empty place. One of the hallmark challenges people with drug problems face is that depending on the type, intensity, and amount of drug taken, they have often become accustomed to changing their moods quickly through artificial means. As humans, we all have stressors and pressures in our lives that we often wish would "just go away." But the truth is that an important part of becoming a healthy, happy, successful person in life is learning how to handle uncomfortable situations with psychological and emotional endurance and poise. When a person meets challenges by quickly checking out with drugs, the immediate-reward is a high and numbing effect, but it comes with a cost. The costs may include declining health, strained relationships with family and friends, poor performance at school, work, and home, legal issues, and lost opportunities.

In drug addiction therapy, Dr. Nourmand focuses on helping clients gain clarity and insight into the root causes of their drug use. He believes people who develop a problem with drugs are smart, intelligent and sensitive. They keep going back to the drugs because the drugs are working for them in some way. Maybe the drugs allow them to briefly "forget" their problems, temporarily soothe their anxiety or depression, or momentarily distract them from other unpleasant experiences.

After clients have a solid understanding of why they use drugs the way they do, drug addiction therapy usually enters into a phase of trigger identification. People who use drugs habitually have become accustomed to using under specific circumstances. Some use when they are alone, others use when they are in a group, and there are those who use when they feel a particular way. And yet, for some it might appear that there are no conditions to their using. While for some it may seem that there are no specific reasons for their using, that “any reason is a reason to use,” the truth is that there is always a reason why someone uses drugs. Just because someone doesn’t see it, doesn’t mean it’s not there. Dr. Nourmand guides clients in becoming more mindful and sensitive to sometimes very subtle triggers, helping clients better understand what their triggers are, and why they are triggering.

Once clients know what their triggers are and why, drug addiction therapy naturally transitions to acquiring the right tools to effectively cope with the issues they are struggling with. Dr. Nourmand emphasizes teaching clients inner-self skills, whereby clients become more personally refined, more in-tune with themselves and why they think what they think, feel what they feel, and do what they do. Living with such thoughtfulness and deliberateness allows a person to make categorically better decisions in life. When people make better decisions in their lives, the need for drugs drops.

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"Our 18 year old son was struggling with alcohol and drug addiction. Although he had been making some headway, his progress stagnated and we were frustrated that he wasn't getting closer to integrating back into our family. Almost immediately after starting with Dr. Raymond, we were drawn to his ability to get to the core. He proved to be an expert in working with our son and getting the wheels moving again. He was especially skilled at helping our son integrate into the family in a way that was comfortable and effective. We started to have our son back and he taught us how to be a family again. We are forever grateful for his effort, concern and expertise."
-Greg

"I worked with Dr. Raymond right after the hardest time in my life. What I appreciated from him was that he treated me like a friend and wasn't shy about his experiences that gave him the capacity to relate to the field. Dr. Raymond offered insight into what was happening around me when I couldn't tell the true from the false. He allowed me to take a step back and look at what I considered normal everyday occurrences. What I gained from working with him was stimulated mind and a solid foundation to continue my journey."
-Conor