WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Addiction, be it to pain killers, heroin, or marijuana is on the rise in Westchester County and throughout the country. Dr. Harris Stratyner, an addictive behavior psychologist hopes to solve the problem by removing the stigma of addiction and treating it for what it is: an illness.
Stratyner, a Westchester County native, employs a treatment approach he calls "Carefrontation," in an effort to help his patients battle their illness.
"In additction, there was a lot of confrontation. It was: Try to confront the patient, knock them down, rebuild their ego structure and get them not to incorporate drugs and alcohol," Stratyner told Daily Voice. "I just didn't feel that was an acceptable way to approach human beings who have a disease."
Instead, Stratyner treats his patients with respect and compassion while avoiding shame or blame.
"Just like a person with diabetes: We don't blame them for having diabetes," Stratyner said. "We hold them responsible. Making sure they're held responsible for the psychiatric illness and substance abuse illness."
One of the greatest advantages -- and disadvantages --facing Stratyner in his fight against addiction is the amount of information and misinformation patients can find on the Internet.
"It's trying to deal with this wonderful, wonderful social media we have, but at the same time trying to make sure people go to the proper sites," Straytner said. "Go to the sites where you'll find education."
Stratyner also discussed:
- His ties to Westchester County. (0:08 into clip)
- What is Carefrontation? (0:52 into clip)
- Changing therapy to meet the needs of patients. (2:19 into clip)
- Challenges facing his clients today. (5:10 into clip)
- The most important thing he tells his patients about addiction. (7:21 into clip)
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