Addiction Therapy in Seattle

We treat a variety of addictions including Gambling, Video Games, Internet and Device, Sex and Love, Shopping, Porn, Eating, Self-Harm, and more. Our addiction counselor, Michelle Mooney, provides private, confidential, 1-on-1 sessions to help you overcome your addiction. We create a custom treatment plan for each client using a combination of talk therapy, EMDR, CBT, DBT, trauma-focused therapy, and hypnotherapy. Schedule a free phone consultation today.

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Seattle Addiction Therapists

What is Addiction?

Addiction is any numbing behavior that negatively affects our career, education, relationships, ability to effectively parent, financial stability, physical health, legal issues, and overall well-being.

Eventually, the overuse of any numbing substance or behavior can cause us to become physically and emotionally dependant.

Life can present many challenges and often we do not know how to cope. Perhaps we were never shown or modeled healthy coping behaviors by our parents or caretakers. This can lead us to self-soothing with maladaptive coping behaviors that bring us temporary relief from our stressors and problems.

Types of Addiction

We typically classify addictions into one of two common categories:

  1. Chemical Addiction
  2. Behavioral Process Addictions

Chemical (Substance) Addiction

Commonly misused substances include:

  • Alcohol
  • Cigarettes
  • Pain medications such as Opiates or Vicodin
  • Stimulants such as Adderall and Methamphetamine
  • Marijuana
  • Party drugs like MDMA (ecstasy/molly)
  • Cocaine
  • Hallucinogens
  • Steroids
  • Over the counter medications (Cough Syrups, etc)

Signs & Symptoms of Substance Addiction

The use of substances engages the pleasure zone of our brain which tells us “this feels good” even when it is bad for us. Because the use of substances feels good, this can leave to overuse. The overuse of substances can lead to physical cravings, urges, and dependency. This means our bodies become dependant on the substance to maintain homeostasis (comfortability).

When we abruptly stop taking the substance, our bodies go into painful and often life-threatening withdrawal symptoms such as trouble sleeping, flu-like symptoms, nausea, excessive sweating, hallucinations, body aches, and seizures, panic attacks, and more. The avoidance of painful withdrawal symptoms often delays people from sobriety and can often lead to prolonged if not lifelong dependency. Often a person will need hospitalization, detox, and/or rehab to overcome the physical grip of addiction.

Emotional Dependence
Substances can also cause emotional dependence as that becomes our primary source of coping with difficult emotions. The temporary relief can make us feel more calm and relaxed and distract us and help us avoid facing painful thoughts and memories. If these thoughts emotions and memories are contained numbed, we can never actually heal from them.

Behavioral Process Addictions

Much like substances, behavioral process addictions trigger the pleasure zones of our brain and create an escape from  reality and avoidance of painful emotions that lead to physiological dependency

Common behavioral process addictions include:

  • Gambling
  • Video Game Addiction
  • Internet and Device Addiction
  • Sex and Love Addiction
  • Overspending/Shopping
  • Pornography Addiction
  • Over or under eating
  • Self-harm behaviors such as cutting
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Causes of Addiction

There are many adverse life events that can lead someone to cope with overuse of  substance and harmful behaviors

  • Stress
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Abuse
  • Absent or neglectful parents
  • Trauma
  • Toxic Relationships
  • Grief/loss
  • Financial insecurity
  • Relationship stress
  • Divorce
  • Regret
  • Lack of adaptive coping skills
  • Addiction in your childhood home

12 Step Program vs Individual Therapy

12 step programs work for a lot of people. But they are not the right fit for everyone. While 12 step programs tend to focus on the “right now”, talk therapy focuses on what caused the addiction in the first place. 12 step programs are great for forming a community of others who have faced similar barriers, while talk therapy is individualized to your personal experience. 12 step programs and talk therapy are often a great complement to each other.

Other Effects of Addiction

  • Sense of “who am I?”
  • Health issues: liver damage, heart damage, shortened lifespan
  • Reckless and dangerous behavior
  • Mental Health Implications
  • Mania
  • Agoraphobia (fear/avoidance of leaving the house)
  • Risky sexual behaviors

Addictions We Help Treat

At Anchor Light Therapy Collective, your addiction therapist can treat both substance and behavioral addictions.

Our Method of Treatment For Addiction

When we cope with substances, we are trying to numb an uncomfortable emotion or memory. Our method of individual therapy for addiction is to uncover why you are trying to numb and healing that past experience or painful emotions.

Using talk therapy, trauma-focused therapy, EMDR, hypnotherapy, CBT and DBT, we offer many solutions that can lead you down the path of recovery. Your addiction therapist will explain each of these therapies so you can decide that feels like the best fit for you.

Addiction Therapy Pricing

Therapy creates a space for you to experience healing and progress in a way that can change your life. But of course, it’s also an investment of both time and finances. When you’re ready to commit to healing and transformation, here is what you can expect.

Initial intake appointment
(90 minutes) $200

Standard individual session
(55 minutes) $150


We do not participate with any insurance panels. Anchor Light Therapy Collective is considered an out-of-network provider. 

As a courtesy to any individual clients who wish to utilize their insurance benefits, We are happy to verify your out-of-network plan benefits to tell you what portion, if any, may be covered by your health insurance provider. 

Out of Nework Insurance Options