Addiction Counseling

Addiction can take many forms and can be experienced with both substances (drugs and alcohol, for example) and behaviors (such as gambling). Typically, addiction involves repeating an activity despite the problems or negative consequences it is causing in your life. Addiction can cause changes in the brain’s wiring that make it difficult to stop the drug or behavior. But the good news is, you don’t have to figure it out on your own. If you or someone you know is suffering from an addiction, contact one of our addiction counseling specialists today to get help.

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I have extensive experience treating those struggling with addiction. I ran Intensive Outpatient Groups for many years. I also worked as the Clinical Director for a substance abuse program prior to starting my own private practice.

— Marci Saltzman, Clinical Social Worker in Towson, MD

I am myself in recovery from alcohol dependence and have been an addictions therapist for many years. My approach to addictions is eclectic but the centerpiece is trauma informed cognitive-behavior therapy. I am experienced with 12-step as well as other methods of recovery such as SMART Recovery.

— Bruce Burleson, Addictions Counselor in Rockland, MA

Having experience in working with individuals struggling with addictions and their families for 7 years I believe this to be one of my specialities. I am able to work with individuals in resolving personal beliefs that contribute to their addictive behaviors.

— Victoria Rodgers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Huntington Beach, CA

Along with being licensed as a mental health counselor, I am also licensed as an alcohol and drug counselor. I have a strong understanding how both addiction and mental health play a role with each other, and here I offer a safe, welcoming space to explore these areas and more.

— Jessie Szmanda, Counselor in Ham Lake, MN

I am currently pending a SAC (substance abuse counselor) license and have spent the last 10 years working in the addiction field.

— Sarah Vogt, Clinical Social Worker in West Bend, WI

I have worked with this populations for over 3 years in different settings. Harm reduction is the core of my work with clients but this is not the only method I use.

— Alex Gomez, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

I have over a decade of experience working with clients experiencing co-occurring mental health and substance abuse issues. In addition to substances, we can also be addicted to sex, shopping, gambling, our phones, and many other activities that help us feel good for the moment and distract us from ourselves. I can help you identify triggers, teach you skills to manage cravings, and help you get to the root of why you experience the compulsion to engage in self-destructive behaviors.

— Aaron Alicea, Licensed Professional Counselor

I offer a non-judgmental, harm-reduction approach to addiction counseling that honors your goals and beliefs. I have worked in treatment centers, helping people improve their addiction. There are many approaches to addiction and recovery, and I use a collaborative process to find the best fit for you.

— Rachel Pompa, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Los Angeles, CA

My expertise in this field comes from a combination of academic training, hands-on experience working with clients, and ongoing professional development. Through working with individuals struggling with addiction, I have honed my skills in assessment, treatment planning, and implementing evidence-based interventions. I continuously stay updated on the latest research and advancements in the field to ensure that I am providing the most effective care to my clients.

— Taniesha Delph, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

To some degree, we all use behaviors to escape reality and cope with suffering. You or your loved ones may be concerned that your relationship to substances or repetitive behaviors has become a barrier to your healthy functioning. Let's explore this relationship further and gather insight into how you might learn to meet your physical, emotional, and spiritual needs in ways that do not limit your potential.

— Maryann Bavisotto, Social Worker in Buffalo, NY

My approach to addiction counseling is adjusting therapy to meet the needs of people suffering from addictions because no two people are alike. I mix several techniques using neurosciences, relapse prevention, brain associations and psychotherapy to autopsy patterns of relapse/lapse that have become problematic to evoke lifestyle changes. I also draw off personal addiction experiences as well as the freedom, peace, and integrity I've experienced in my own recovery-based lifestyle.

— Patrick Varney, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

Each person's road to recovery is a unique path. Some to abstinence while others are about reducing problem substances/behaviors. I have experience with all levels of substance use treatment and a working knowledge of self-help approaches including 12-step work.

— Michael Ator, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Houston, TX

I tailor addiction treatment to my client's individual needs. I am equally verse in using the harm reduction approach ( meeting you where you are without placing any expectations on discontinuation of use ) as well as abstinence only approach. I am well versed with the 12 step literature.

— Olga Lomanovitch, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

As a specialist in addiction counseling, I utilize a comprehensive approach to help clients overcome substance abuse and addictive behaviors. My expertise lies in creating personalized treatment plans that address the underlying causes of addiction. Through evidence-based techniques and continuous support, I guide clients towards recovery, helping them build healthier habits and a sustainable path to sobriety.

— Beatrice Joseph, Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner

I have 10 years of experience working with addictions of all types. The first thing to know is that there are many different paths and that we will focus on what path will be the best for you. While I cannot speak to every fellowship that exists, I know that there is a path, a place, and a people waiting to offer you hope and support. You deserve to know that you are no longer alone, so long as you can maintain honesty, open-mindedness, and willingness, along with maybe some humor too.

— Matthew Taylor, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in New Smyrna Beach, FL

Years of experience treating addiction in adolescents and adults.

— Lee Andre, Licensed Professional Counselor in Greenwood Village, CO

Addictions (substances or behaviors) are all defenses based in physical and/or psychological pain reduction. If we can eliminate the cause of the pain, the need for the addiction can go as well. While this may sound simple, that doesn’t mean it’s easy or painless to do. We will address the pains that lead you to your addiction and work through the obstacles to abstinence and sobriety, if that is what you want, whether you choose to do so via a 12-step program or without it.

— Carl H. Shubs, Ph.D., Psychologist in Beverly Hills, CA

If traditional abstinence-only addiction treatment, which can encourage shame or may utilize coercive behavior-management techniques, has felt unhelpful, or even harmful, working with addiction in a harm-reduction setting may be for you. My approach to addiction is grounded in harm-reduction. My goal is to support you in establishing healthy boundaries for your own personal safety and the safety of those around you, while you work towards unburdening addictive patterns of behavior.

— Marisa Lindsey, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Berlin, CT

I view substance misuse as a coping mechanism that seems to work...until it doesn't. Maybe anonymous peer support groups such as AA/NA work for you, maybe you just don't connect with them. Either way, I am here to help you figure out what you see as the best version of you and to develop healthier coping skills that help keep you aligned with your best Self. No judgment, no shame. Whether you are seeking abstinence or harm reduction, I am here to help you.

— Dana Williams, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Palm Harbor, FL