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Addiction Therapy

Addictions Therapist Serving Park City and Salt Lake City, Utah

As human beings, we all have different ways of coping. For some people, these coping tools – aka survival skills – can be unhealthy and can become compulsive to the point that they begin to get in the way of a person’s life, and transition from being a coping mechanism to an addiction.

When most people hear the word addiction, they think of dependence on a substance, such as drugs or alcohol. However, addictions can manifest in any form. In fact, just substitute the word ‘behavior’ for ‘substance’ and you open up the definition of addiction to all kinds of dependencies. Whether it’s sex, the internet or even skydiving, the desire to experience a ‘high’ becomes so strong that an ‘addict’ loses control and seeks the activity despite all negative consequences.

Signs Of Addictions

Loss of control

Participating in a particular activity more than a person wants to, for longer than intended, or despite telling themselves they wouldn’t do it this time.

Neglecting other activities

Spending less time on activities that used to be important because of the addiction; drop in attendance and performance at work or school.

Risk taking

More likely to take serious risks in order to achieve the ‘high’

Relationship issues

People struggling with addiction are known to act out against those closest to them, particularly if someone is attempting to address their substance problems


Going out of one’s way to hide the behavior, unexplained injuries or accidents.

Changing appearance

Serious changes or deterioration in hygiene or physical appearance

Continued negative behavior

Even though it is causing problems (on the job, in relationships, for one’s health), a person continues the behavior

Family history

A family history of addiction can dramatically increase a person’s predisposition to substance abuse

Addictions have the potential to be highly destructive to not just a single person, but an entire family. No one is immune. However, the addiction itself is just a symptom of a greater issue.

This is why at The Dell Center, our Park City therapists take an interdisciplinary team approach to treating addictions that addresses the mental, physical, emotional and spiritual well-being of our clients. We don’t define spiritual by any religion, but instead, believe it contains what a person believes is true to themselves. Things like their own personal values, private goals and purposes in life, their honor and self-respect and things that touch them on a deep level would all be considered spiritual in nature. We create a customized treatment plan and work closely with our clients to address and heal the underlying issues that lead to their addictive behaviors.

Diagnosis And Treatment For Addictions

Dual Diagnosis

When clients first contact us, many of them don’t know if an untreated mental health issue or mood disorder is making their struggles with addiction more difficult. For example, someone suffering from an undiagnosed anxiety disorder may use alcohol or drugs as a way to self-medicate, unaware of the real reason for their reliance on these substances. Merely treating the symptoms of addiction isn’t enough as the root cause of the problem – the anxiety disorder – remains untreated. At The Dell Center, our Park City addiction therapists work through a comprehensive assessment and evaluation process with our clients to get to the right diagnosis. By identifying and addressing the underlying disorders in conjunction with the addiction treatment, we’re able to help find and navigate a smoother and more manageable path to recovery.


Successful treatment for addiction typically incorporates multiple steps which can include detoxification, behavioral counseling, medication, individual and group therapy. We have found that once we address the core issues, the symptoms of addiction subside and our clients are able to move forward and live healthy and balanced lives.

If you or a loved one is ready to overcome an addiction, our Park City addiction therapy team is here and ready to help. Contact us today!

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