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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Welcoming people in all stages of alcohol misuse and addiction recovery, I support healthy inquiry into your relationship to alcohol. Parts of this process inevitably include releasing shame about unhealthy use, finding compassionate insight in order to make changes that will ultimately help deeper healing of the root of this behavioral pattern. I welcome harm reduction and abstinence goals as well as encourage finding a path that works best for you while supporting self honesty and awareness.

— Natalie Spautz, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Oakland, CA

I began working in the substance abuse / dependence field in 2009. I’ve work in residential facilities as well as intensive out patient and private practice.

— Sara Farrell, Addictions Counselor in Creve Coeur, MO

My area of expertise is in addiction and recovery. I will help you with addressing your situation and making a course of treatment that works best for you. I offer an accepting and destigmatized approach to substance abuse and addiction.

— Michael Rogers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Ventura, CA

My view of Alcohol or Substance Abuse is that it sources from loneliness and abandonment. Feeling forsaken, we turn to substances when our early attachment figures could not ease our pain. Substances become substitutes for secure attachment figures…always there when you need them, never to be abandoned again. Dependence is also an ailment of the Soul. Healing occurs through the attachment relationship in therapy, ultimately extending to renewed connection with humanity, light and love.

— Rebecca Spear, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Claremont, CA

We don't talk enough about unwanted behaviors, their root and their protective factors. I address any unwanted behavior, but I do specialize in alcohol use, as the opportunity for harm reduction has, sadly, not been fervently explored in our 'treatment' methods for this dis-ease. I'm well versed in multiple modalities and firmly adhere to choice being a primary factor in any recovery journey. A journey that must start with the individual, where they are at and what works for them!

— Laurie Smith, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Plymouth, MI

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

Maybe you're drinking a little more than you would like. Drinking can temporally take away our worries or stress, as well as providing comfort and confidence. However, drinking can also numb our feelings and affect relationships, our sleep, cognition, and our health. Together we can explore what you're drinking is providing you, while looking at a moderation management program or becoming sober.

— Michelle Quayle, Associate Professional Counselor in Round Rock, TX

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 Beverly Hills, CA

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, Drug & Alcohol Counselor in Scottsdale, AZ

Are you struggling with addiction to drugs and alcohol? Do you have other compulsive behavioral problems, such as overeating, gambling, shopping, sex, or money? As someone in long-term recovery from addiction myself, I know how challenging this struggle can be. But I also know that with proper treatment, you can overcome your addiction and lead a full and satisfying life in long-term recovery.

— Jesse Smith, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist

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, Therapist in Castle Rock, CO

Baseball games, graduations, concerts, and holiday parties. No one knows the hidden stress of these events like someone with an addiction. Most of my clients are surprised at how transformative EMDR is! "It's like I am the one in control again. " My clients share being free of the triggers and cravings. Healing doesn't have to be complicated to be effective. I would love to work with you - learn more about my approach on my site!

— Carley Trillow, Social Worker in Cleveland, OH

I have spent over 30 years working voluntarily with individuals who struggle with issues of addiction and I have spent the last 2 years working with individuals clinically at an intensive outpatient and partial hospitalization treatment program. I know the 12 steps are not the answer for everyone and my experiences can help you figure out the best options to beat your addiction. I know how hard it is to stop or even seek help. Together, we can free you from the bondage of addiction.

— Alan Zupka, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in ORLANDO, FL

there are 3 major factors that contribute to the development chemical dependency /addiction, 1.) heredity, 2.) environment, and 3.) access to the psycho-active alcohol or other drugs . The goals of the therapeutic intervention is to assist the individual to come to the realization that the alcohol or other drugs is progressive in nature and that it takes a support system to help manage the drug dependency. This support system includes family, friends, doctors, therapists, and support groups.

— Julia Tillie, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Supervisor in Fort Worth, TX

For my first 8 years as a therapist, I worked in addiction treatment. In that time I have worked with hundreds of clients struggling with alcoholism from all walks of life. Today, I work with clients who have successfully managed to remain sober long term but still find themselves struggling to live the lives they envisioned upon getting sober.

— Amanda Jaworski, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Gardena, CA

I am board certified in addiction medicine and have experience in medication assisted treatment for recovery as well as addiction counseling and motivational therapy training and experience.

— Sanjana Karim, Psychiatrist in San Francisco, CA