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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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

Many individuals can experience substance use. Anxiety, fear, and hopelessness are a few emotions that can linger around substance use. We can help you work through this and guide you through the process of relapse prevention and harm reduction

— KaRon Spriggs-Bethea, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Pittsburgh, PA

Since 2010 I have worked with addiction treatment. Much of my experience is working at an all women's treatment facility as a counselor, a program manager, and a director. This includes working with co-occurring disorders that often are part of the puzzle when solving issues of addiction. I have lived experience in this area.

— Gregory Gooden, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in POMONA, CA

I use cognitive behavioral and acceptance and commitment approaches to address substance use issues. I am very familiar with the 12 step model, but do not insist that it is the only path to sobriety. There are as many approaches to recovery as there are people with substance use concerns. I will help you discover what your needs are, and how to meet those without using substances in a damaging way.

— Cassandra Walker, Counselor in ,

I have been working with individuals suffering from substance use disorders for the past eight years. Even before I became a masters level therapist. Substance abuse can be difficult to manage and work with, but after years of experience I feel very confident in meeting you where you are at to come up with treatment that works for you. I myself have been in recovery for almost nine years an am open minded to a variety of treatments. I find that Motivational Interviewing to be especially helpful.

— Kenji Hammon, Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Alcohol and drug use can be extremely isolating and can often leave us feeling defeated, ashamed, hopeless and desperate. The cycle of addiction and alcohol use is often tough to break even when we are attempting to do our best to manage and maintain. I work with clients in the recovery and 12-step community to best support them and build new adaptive and health habits and patterns of behavior. I also work with clients in treatment settings and have personal experience of what dependency is.

— Rodman Walsh, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Redondo Beach, CA

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

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

I truly believe you are more than your alcohol addiction! I have extensive life and clinical experience with alcohol/drugs and in helping those who are struggling with an addiction to recover. Having struggled myself with both alcohol and mood issues, my goal is to utilize my experience (a hell of a lot) and education to empower you to overcome whatever you feel is standing in your way of success. I am licensed and have a Masters degree and am a Master Addiction Counselor.

— Tim Welch, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Newark, OH

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

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

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 extensive personal and professional experience helping others to move beyond alcohol/drug dependence. It's not easy and most people are more likely to accomplish their goals when they work with others and when they don't try to do it alone. I would be honored to be with you and support you during the process of recovery. It's one of the best things that you could do for yourself and your loved ones. And you deserve a good quality life!

— Lorrie OBrien, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Enfield, CT

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 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

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

Have you been trying to cut back on drinking but keep finding yourself back in the same old pattern? Are you tired of feeling sick, out of control, and reliant on alcohol? You don't have to do this alone. By working one on one in therapy, we can identify ways that you can find relief and successfully reduce or abstain from drinking. Having a therapist that's experienced in alcohol abuse will support you in addressing underlying issues that have been keeping you stuck.

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