Alcohol Abuse and Alcohol Dependence

Alcohol abuse or dependency (also known as alcoholism) are serious problems relating to the habitual misuse of alcohol – typically characterized by drinking too much, too often, with an inability to stop. If drinking is negatively effecting your life and relationships and you can’t seem to get it under control, you may be abusing alcohol. Other signs could include craving a drink, drinking to relax, lying about drinking, neglecting responsibilities because of drinking, hiding your drinking, and/or driving while drinking. 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 alcohol abuse or dependency, contact one of our specialists today to get help.

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I have passion for working with those struggling with alcohol-related issues. I welcome clients who are in various stages of change and support 12-step, non 12-step, harm reduction and moderation. I believe alcohol use becomes a problem only when there is a bigger problem. I help my clients figure out what that bigger problem is so that they can get well. Many of my clients have achieved long-term sobriety and have changed their lives drastically - for the better.

— Kimberly Goodrich, Clinical Social Worker in Clinton, NJ

I have many years of experience working in the field of addiction recovery, from both abstinence-based and harm reduction standpoints.

— Natalie Feinblatt, Psychologist in Los Angeles, CA

Alcohol and other drugs can be so insidious. The pervasive use in our culture makes it really difficult to know if you're just a "normal" person who has a bottle of wine every night or an alcoholic. Where does it cross the line? I have experience helping clients to find their personal line, and set boundaries with themselves. I will never tell you what to do, but I can help you to reduce the harm that substances are having on your life.

— Colleen Hennessy, Licensed Professional Counselor in , CA

Do you find yourself drinking more than you would like to? Are you feeling ashamed about how much you drink or the way that you behave when you drink? Do you want to cut down, but have been unable to do so? Therapy can help, and EMDR Therapy can help you to get at the root of what is causing you to drink. EMDR is an evidenced-based treatment for trauma known for it's gentleness and effectiveness. Visit my website to learn more and set up a free 15 minute consultation.

— Jennifer Leupp, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Long Beach, CA

For the past few years, I have worked with folks suffering from alcohol use or dependence. In my experience, substance use is often the symptom of a deeper issue. Together, we can discern what stressors within our environment are contributing to our use, ways to increase distress tolerance or our ability to cope, and ways to reduce the urge to drink or use.

— Jennifer Haire, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Atlanta, GA

I believe that without recovery from substances that therapy will always be extremely limited. Therapy is a place on the journey to deciding what one wants to do for recovery. I advocate the use of self-help programs. I have known people who quit alcohol and drugs just from church and many, many more from 12-step programs. I have worked with people who have found great assistance through recovery groups like Refuge Recovery, which is Buddhist philosophy/meditation based.

— Deb Dettman, Clinical Social Worker in SEATTLE, WA

I am a Licensed Addiction Counselor and have worked in the field of addictions for several years. I use a wellness approach to addiction. We will build a Wellness Plan that promotes recovery and overall wellness.

— Jamie Glick, Counselor in Castle Rock, CO

The journey of evaluating your relationship with alcohol and deciding if you would like to make changes, or discovering that it's challenging to make those changes, is a personal one, and different for everyone. There are also similar challenges along the way that everyone faces, and are a normal part of the process. If you find yourself questioning your drinking, or the behaviors around your drinking, I can help support you with a nonjudgmental approach.

— Christi Proffitt, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Seattle, WA

When working with individuals on substance use, I let the client tell me what their goals are. The primary concern when working with substance use is safety, followed by health and wellness. Together we will evaluate client concerns and set treatment goals based on need. I do not assume that every individual struggling with substance use has an addiction. I have experience working in drug and alcohol treatment facilities, 12 step groups, and have familiarity with other recovery groups.

— Suzanne Cooper, Licensed Professional Counselor in Littleton, CO

Do you struggle with addiction? Do you use sex, drugs or drink excessively and out of control to numb your feelings and emotions? Are your alcohol and drug consumption or sex habits keeping you from maintaining relationships? Considering quitting any substance, whether or not you feel "addicted" or "out of control", may mean a change of lifestyle and a makeover in the way you think and make decisions in your life. ​I have been helping clients with addiction issues for the past 10 years using a dual diagnosis prospective. This means that I look at both the psychological components that lead to addiction while treating the behaviors that lead to addiction. ​When I treat addiction, I focus my sessions on three main components: Stages of Change and motivational interviewing (MI), Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and psychodynamic therapy to help my clients understand the origins of their impulsive thoughts and behaviors.

— Filippo M. Forni, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I grew up and have a long family history of alcohol abuse and dependence in my family. I know how deep these roots can go and the influence it can have on someone. I gave up alcohol use in my mid-30s and know firsthand how powerful a decision that can be and the ripple-effect sobriety can have on both you and the people around you.

— Emily Donahue, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in New York, NY

I treated clients at a residential treatment facility for co-occurring disorders for many years and have experience with all types of addiction and addictive behaviors. We will identify your thoughts, feelings and behaviors that lead to using substances to cope with your emotional distress. We will develop a relapse prevention plan and learn healthy options to cope with life stressors.

— Renee Moffett, Clinical Social Worker in Middletown, NJ

I am a licensed addictions counselor and have worked inpatient facilities for the past decade. I am also in recovery from addiction.

— Denae Arnold, Licensed Professional Counselor in Wheatridge, CO

I have 27 years' experience working in addictions.

— Patrick Varney, Associate Professional Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

I have had my own belts with this. I will find a solution that works for you! We can do this together.

— Jose Feliciano, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in La MESA, CA

I was the lead counselor at a residential treatment facility for co-occurring disorders for many years, and have experience with all types of addiction and addictive behaviors. I incorporate SMART recovery concepts, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and a Person Centered Approach. We will examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviors that lead to an unhealth relationship with substances and work to correct each of those.

— Katherine Pfeiffer, Counselor in Tampa, FL

Alcohol is one of the most destructive drugs to individuals, couples, families and society. Whether you are looking to cut down or completely stop drinking I am here to support you. No matter how much you drink or how often you drink, I am here to support your goals...without judgment. With a personal and family history, I am aware of the life sucking results it can have on your life. There is no time like the present to take that first step!

— Krissy Moses, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Winter Park, FL

I have worked with clients for over a decade who struggle with alcohol and substance misuse. Clients are too beautifully complex to be reduced to their addictive behaviors. I help clients to see the contributing factors to the onset and maintenance of their addictions. Clients have a safe space to learn tools to be successful within harm reduction or abstinence approaches.

— Erin Blasdel-Gebelin, Clinical Psychologist in New York, NY

Many times addiction at its core, is a result of a behavior that is used to get relief, replacing a bad feeling with a good feeling, or numbing the bad feeling so that there is nothing to feel at all. Having specialized in this field for years, I understand what works and what doesn't. I will help get to the root cause and provide discovery to independence from the binds of addiction. If talk therapy or AA is not giving you sustained results, my work is for you.

— Jacqueline Connors, Marriage & Family Therapist in Napa, CA