Behavioral & Addiction Counseling

Addictions of any kind are very difficult problems to overcome. Whether you need help with Substance Abuse, an Eating Disorder or any sort of behavioral addiction, before recovery can begin, addicts need to understand that addictions are devices of the mind created by the addict to be used for a real purpose.

The addict uses his or her addiction as a tool to avoid uncomfortable or painful feelings and, ultimately, to avoid reality. In order for the recovery process to begin, the addict must admit that he (she) has lost control of the very device that he (she) created! He (she) is no longer controlling the device, but rather the device is controlling him (her).

There are basically two kinds of addictions, substance addiction and behavioral addictions. Substance addictions include alcohol, drugs, sugar or other foods. Behavioral addictions include codependency, anorexia, bulimia, gambling, spending, shopping, television watching, gadget use (Internet/cell phones/text messaging), or any other behavior that becomes an obsession.

Cross over between substance and behavioral addictions exist with anorexia and bulimia, compulsive overeating and binge eating.

Statistics on the “newer” behavioral addictions such as text messaging and internet use are staggering! According to (a website dedicated to compiling research data on Internet addiction), one in eight Americans suffer from internet addiction which has been defined as six or more hours of non-essential internet use per day. These numbers indicate that 12% of the American population is addicted to escaping from life’s challenges via the Internet!

In addition to internet addiction, text messaging has become an enormous obsession-compulsion in young and middle-aged Americans. As reported by, and according to Dr. Bill Manville, a psychologist and graduate school faculty member at Argosy University’s Seattle campus, text messaging and internet addiction are both on their way to being included in the next official listing of psychiatric disorders by the American Psychiatric Association. Combine all the recent reports and studies done on these newer addictions with the already medically recognized addictions and you’ve got a population badly in need of relief from destructive addictive behavior.

Barbara Jaurequi has a special devotion to helping the addicted. Her interest is both professional and personal, as she has been recovering from her own addictions for over 25 years. Ms. Jaurequi has extensive experience treating Substance Abuse, Eating Disorders, and behavioral addictions such as Codependency, Compulsive Gambling, Compulsive Shopping, and others. As a principal therapist and Chemical Dependency program developer at BHC Alhambra Hospital in Rosemead and Canyon Ridge Hospital in Chino, she worked directly with recovering alcoholics and drug addicts. Her clinical experience in partial hospitalization programs also allowed her to work with the most acute eating disordered patients which laid the groundwork for her to specialize in the treatment of eating disorders in private practice.

Client Testimonials

Barbara Jaurequi is a great counselor. I was very impressed with her from our very first session. After several sessions with her I felt very moved by her words, behavior and professionalism. I have known other counselors and am able to compare her with them. Her experience and education in this field of work set her above others as an outstanding professional. Her personality is very warm, compassionate, and encouraging. Barbara’s understanding of her clients is commendable and she is very dedicated to her sessions. Ms. Jaurequi is highly recommended by myself and others that I know who have also met with her.”

Barbara is as good as they get. She is a brilliant counselor and so fun to talk to. She has incredible knowledge in her fields and knows how to relate very easily and comfortably. I don’t know how I ever got along without her.”

“I can easily say that my time spent with Barbara was life-changing. The first time I visited I felt lost, confused, and hopeless. I was dealing with issues related to addiction and co-dependence and these, along with issues in my past were preventing me from living the life that I wanted. Talking to her felt like talking to a well-respected friend. She helped me face and overcome these obstacles, giving me tools that I continue to use today. Not only is she understanding, perceptive, and caring, but her professionalism and aptitude make her a top-notch counselor. I can’t recommend her highly enough and am so very thankful that I found her when I did!”

A Message From Barabara Jaurequi

“Personally, I understand what it is like to be trapped in the misery of active addiction. But I also know the relief of addiction recovery and the value of personal therapy and group support in overcoming any addiction. By addressing and processing the causal factors underlying your addiction, we can work towards recovery and freedom from the bondage of your compulsion. You don’t have to do this alone.”

Please take a moment to take one of the self-assessments for your particular addiction by clicking on the “Self-Assessments” page. If upon conclusion of your assessment you feel that you may be in the grips of an addiction and want to explore how therapy can facilitate recovery, phone my office so we can discuss a treatment plan that will work for you. Call (909) 944-6611.

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