Substance Abuse Treatment for Executives and Professionals
Drink too much?
Addicted to opioids, cocaine, or other drugs?
Our individually-tailored treatment can help you….
Cut back on your alcohol use or stop completely
Get off and stay off opioids, cocaine, other drugs
Overcome depression, anxiety, other psychiatric problems
Resolve emotional issues underlying your substance use
Our specialized private practice offers a variety of evidence-based treatments grounded in clinical science, not dogma. The founder of our practice, Dr. Arnold M. Washton, is a leading addiction psychologist and book author.
Our Clinical Services
Alcohol Moderation Program
Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Addiction
Medication-Assisted Relapse Prevention
- Treatment by recognized experts
- Evidence-based treatment
- Unique alcohol moderation program
- Ideal for executives, attorneys, medical professionals, etc
- Individually-tailored to each client
- Individual sessions and online support groups
- Access to therapeutic medications
- Integrated treatment for addiction and mental health problems
- Digital tracking tools for alcohol self-management
- Treatment for adolescents and families
Our Treatment Approach
Our science-based approach is ideal for people who do not want or need traditional AA-based programs. We offer customized treatment provided directly by Dr. Arnold Washton and Dr. Lori Washton, psychologists specializing in the treatment of substance abuse and other mental health problems.
1. Alcohol moderation is possible for many drinkers
Giving up drinking completely is not the only solution for alcohol problems. Although abstinence may be the best solution for individuals who are alcohol-dependent, most drinkers with less severe problems are hoping to cut back on their drinking rather than stop complete. Offering alcohol moderation as a treatment option opens the door to professional help for many people who do not embrace abstinence as their goal and do not want to be labeled as “alcoholics”. Scientific research shows that when problem drinkers are given research-proven tools and professional guidance, many can learn how to reduce their alcohol intake and manage it within safer limits, especially those who have less severe drinking problems. We will help you find out whether moderation or abstinence is the best choice for you.
2. Treatment is customized to each individual
Research shows that treatment for addiction works best when customized to meet the needs of each individual. We will work collaboratively with you to develop a customized treatment plan that meets your personal needs. We will not require you to subscribe to a particular treatment philosophy or way of thinking about your problem or pressure you to call yourself an “alcoholic” or “addict”. Whatever your treatment goals may be, we will help you to quickly change your relationship with substances to reduce or eliminate whatever harm they are causing- a modern treatment approach known in the addiction field as “harm reduction”.
2. Accommodates the special needs of high-functioning individuals
Treatment for high-functioning people must respect and accommodate their special needs. This includes offering flexible appointment times that do not interfere with maintaining important responsibilities; and, a sensible treatment approach firmly rooted in modern science. We are addiction psychologists, not peer counselors. We have a long track record of success in treating executives, professionals, and other high-functioning individuals. Because our practice is entirely online you can access our help from anywhere you have an internet connection. We offer day, evening, and weekend hours to accommodate busy schedules and avoid disruption to your work and home life.
3. Evidence-based treatments
We use evidence-based treatments backed by science including motivation enhancement therapy, cognitive-behavioral therapy, and behavioral self-control strategies. Our approach incorporates the best clinical practices available in the addiction field today, some originally developed by Dr. Arnold Washton, a widely-recognized addiction expert and book author.
4. Digital tracking tools to enhance alcohol self-management
Digital tools such as smartphone apps and breathalyzers can be used to enhance your ability to safely manage your alcohol intake. Real-time tracking of your alcohol consumption and blood alcohol concentration (BAC) gives you real-time objective feedback about your alcohol consumption, boosts your motivation to stay the course, and lets you know when it’s time to slow down or stop drinking.
6. Medication to reduce cravings and relapse
Effective medications are now available to reduce cravings and prevent relapse to alcohol and other drugs. Naltrexone, for example, can reduce alcohol cravings and the compulsion to overdrink, making it easier for you to cut back on drinking or remain abstinent. Suboxone, a highly effective medication for opioid addiction, can relieve withdrawal symptoms, eliminate cravings, and prevent relapse. Research shows that medication is often more effective when combined with supportive counseling/therapy than when given alone. To insure that our patients have access to medication, we work closely with board-certified addiction psychiatrists who can prescribe and monitor the use of FDA-approved medications.
7. Therapy for underlying issues
As addiction psychologists, we provide fully integrated treatment for both substance abuse and mental health problems. In some cases, underlying psychological and emotional issues push people toward using alcohol/drugs as “self-medication” to reduce or anesthetize painful thoughts and feelings. Mental health problems not only contribute to the development of addiction, but can also be a result or consequence of addiction. Either way, if these issues are not properly identified and addressed in the course of treatment the potential for returning to your former pattern of substance use will remain unnecessarily high. As licensed psychologists, we have the professional training and experience to address a broad range of issues intertwined with your substance use as well as pre-existing issues mental health problems not directly related to your use.
Addiction and Clinical Psychologists
Dr. Arnold Washton, a widely known addiction psychologist, researcher, and book author has dedicated his professional career to developing flexible individualized approaches to treating substance abuse and related mental health problems. He has directed addiction treatment programs in New York, New Jersey, and Florida and has served as Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at NYU School of Medicine. He has also served as substance abuse advisor to the White House Office of Drug Abuse Policy, the US Food and Drug Administration, special committees of the US Senate and House of Representatives, the NYC Mayor’s Office, professional sports teams, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, and the New York State Senate. A prolific writer, he has published over 50 articles in scientific journals and nine books on addiction and its treatment.
Dr. Loraine Washton is a clinical psychologist specializing in the treatment of substance abuse and other mental health problems in both adults and adolescents. She has directed treatment programs in mental health clinics and psychiatric hospitals. Her therapeutic approach incorporates cognitive-behavioral, stress management, emotional regulation, and psychodynamic techniques for treating mood, anxiety, substance use, obsessive compulsive, post-traumatic stress, and personality disorders, as well relationship and self-esteem issues. She is highly skilled at engaging reluctant adolescents and young adults into a respectful, productive dialogue that helps them sort out what they truly want and then develop a plan to help them work toward realistic self-selected goals.
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Our science-based program can help you learn how to reduce your drinking to safer levels or quit completely.
We will help you get off and stay off alcohol, opioids, cocaine, and other drugs.
Anxiety and Depression
We treat mental health issues such as trauma, anxiety, depression, ADHD, and bipolar disorders.
Adolescents and Families
We work with adolescents and young adults having problems with alcohol, cannabis, and/or or other drugs and provide guidance to family members.
Drinking too much?
Learn how to moderate your drinking or quit
Addicted to Opioids, Cocaine, Other Drugs?
Learn how to stop and stay stopped