Category Archives: Addiction

Compassion Fatigue

One of the greatest gifts I receive in my work as an addictions therapist is to witness individuals and families surmount incredibly difficult challenges and embrace a life of recovery. Often the breakthrough occurs at the bitter end, when I’m scratching my head in disbelief that they can endure such intense levels of frustration and…

Trauma and Compulsive Spending

How trauma leads to destructive financial choices: By Erica Sandberg Child abuse. Warfare. Assault. A devastating accident. If you have endured one or more life-threatening events, you may be more likely to make destructive money decisions. Researchers discovered that post-traumatic stress alters the way a person thinks and reacts to situations, including financial behavior. A…

Dr. Hokemeyer accepts Tweak’s Philanthropic Award in New York City

Sex Addiction: Diagnosable and Treatable

In the following article that I wrote for Rehabs.com, I discuss the phenomenon of sexual addiction and sexual compulsivity: “I don’t know how it got this far out of control,” Matt practically whispered during our first session. “It all started so innocently. I went on Ashley Madison (a website that connects men and women interested…

Narcissism: Defining and Treating it

  Narcissism: What is it and how do you treat it?  Narcissism Defined Narcissism is a character trait that defines a person’s self view and view of others. Like the narrow lens in a microscope, it causes a person to focus on the world in a very self-centered way. It causes them to lose sight…