Definition of an Addiction/Addiction Disorder
This definition is pulled directly from the book I am writing, “The Human Magnet Syndrome, the Allure of Dysfunctional Relationships.”
An Addictions Disorder is a catchall phrase for the persistent and compulsive dependence on a habit-forming substance or behavior. Addicts are obsessed and preoccupied with the continued use of their addictive substance/behavior. Despite negative consequences, they are compelled to continue the use of the mood altering substances or behaviors to which they are addicted. This is progressive disorder, or as Alcoholics Anonymous refers to it – a disease. Over time, addicts increased the frequency and the amount of the drug in order to achieve the “normal’ euphoric or “high” experience. With increased usage, tolerance for the drug is developed. Tolerance is the process by which the addicts require increasingly larger amounts of the addictive substance/behavior to achieve the original euphoric effects. Physiological or physical dependency eventually occurs as result of the escalation of use. As a result of the physical dependency on the drug/behavior, the addict will experience withdrawal symptoms if they significantly decrease or terminate their usage. Withdrawal symptoms include but are not limited to anxiety, irritability, and intense cravings for the substance, nausea, hallucinations, headaches, cold sweats, and tremors. Even after the withdrawal symptoms subside, the addict often experiences irrational cravings to return to their destructive and often life threatening behavior. Therefore, an addiction is typically considered a disease or medical condition that is permanent.
ROSS ROSENBERG, M.Ed. LCPC CADC CSAT
3325 N. Arlington Heights Rd., Ste 400B
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Phone: (847) 749-0514 ext 120
Master of Education in Counseling Boston University, Boston, MA 1988
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology Towson State University, Towson, MD 1987
LICENSE & CERTIFICATIONS
CADC – Certified Alcohol and Addiction Counselor CSAT — Certified Sex Addiction Therapist
LCPC – Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
CLINICAL CARE CONSULTANTS, Arlington Heights & Inverness, Illinois 07/2010 to Present
Owner, Clinical Director, Psychotherapist
Oversees and manages a two-location counseling center. Clinical Director for psychotherapy staff. Provides individual, marital and group psychotherapy services. Specialties include Self-Love Deficit Disorder (codependency), sex and love addiction, substance abuse/addictions, Narcissistic Personality and Borderline Personality Disorders and trauma. Provides substance/addictions and sex addiction evaluations.
SELF-LOVE RECOVERY INSTITUTE, Arlington Heights, Illinois 09/2013 to Present
Owner, Professional Trainer, Seminar Leader, Keynote Speaker
Owner and primary trainer. Provides live, web-based and video professional training and seminars to a general audience. Seminars in 27 USA states and 2 locations in Europe. Specialties include original work on Self-Love Deficit Disorder/Codependency, NPD, BPD, Trauma, Sex, and Love Addiction.
YOUTUBE CHANNEL CREATOR 11/2011 to Present
Creates and produces educational videos for a professional and general audience. Notoriety for work on Self-Love Deficit Disorder/Codependency, Narcissistic and Borderline Personality Disorders, trauma, and sex addiction. As of 4-9-17, the channel’s videos have been viewed 5.5 million times and have amassed 51,000 subscribers.
HUMAN MAGNET SYNDROME: Why We Love People Who Hurt Us Published 03/2013
Wrote/created original theoretical and practical work on codependency, narcissism, and pathological relationships. Endorsed by Melody Beattie and Harville Hendrix. Amazon best-seller since its publication. 40,000 units sold. Published in Spanish and French. Currently writing the follow-up: “The Codependency Cure: Recovering from Self-Love Deficit Disorder.”
Writes/Blogs for Huffington Post, Psych Central, Good Men Project, The American Counseling Association’s Counseling Today magazine. List of articles: https://goo.gl/wORJsp
PESI, Eau Claire, Wisconsin 09/2011 to 11/2013
Provided professional trainings on a variety of subject, including Internet Addictions, Sexual and Cybersex Addictions, Codependency, Narcissism. Traveled to 27 states/60 cities. The training was also made into their best-selling training DVD.
ARBOR COUNSELING CENTER, Buffalo Grove, Illinois 07/2003 to 10/2010
Provided counseling and addiction services to a wide range of clientele. Provided clinical supervision, consultation, business coaching, and training. Specialties include: challenging teens, parenting issues, substance abuse/addictions, codependency, ADHD, adult survivors of trauma.
ALTERNATIVE BEHAVIOR CENTERS, Mundelein, Illinois 09/2002 to 06/2003
Executive Vice President of Operations
Managed the operations of a residential treatment center serving male juvenile sexual offenders.
CAMELOT CARE CENTERS INC., Arlington Heights, Illinois 06/1999 to 06/2002
Oversaw the overall operations of the Rockford, Crystal Lake, Peoria, and Springfield offices.
Responsible for the Rockford (formerly Elk Grove) office operations, which includes Specialized
Foster Care and home based mental health programs
UHLICH CHILDREN’S HOME, Chicago, Illinois 03/1997 to 06/1999
Supervisor II–Specialized Foster Care
Supervised Specialized and Treatment Foster Care services to case managers. Responsible for supervision, training, and crisis intervention. Member of the Uhlich Ethics committee.
FAMILYCARE OF ILLINOIS, Chicago, Illinois 05/1995 to 12/1998
Part-time employment. Provided in-home psychotherapy to DCFS wards & their families.
Supervisor I–Foster Care and Adoptions
Supervised Traditional, Relative, and Specialized Foster Care case managers. Trained and certified in mediation in order to participate in a DCFS’ pilot study on expedited adoption.
FAMILY SERVICE ASSOCIATION, Elgin, Illinois 10/1993 to 11/1994
Community based family & individual psychotherapist, case manager, and crisis evaluator.
ALLENDALE, Union, Illinois 01/1992 to 09/1993
Therapeutic Day School Therapist
individual, group & family psychotherapist for emotionally & behaviorally disordered children & families.
YOUTH AND SHELTER SERVICES, Ames, Iowa 10/1988 to 09/1991
Family Therapist and Chemical Dependency After-Care Therapist
Family, individual, and group psychotherapist for diverse client population. Substance abuse counselor and evaluator. Specialized in sexual abuse and domestic violence issues.
US ARMY – MILITARY INTELLIGENCE, USA and Japan 08/1979 to 08/1983
Electronic Warfare Cryptologist – Morse Code Interceptor – Promoted to E-5 (Sergeant)
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