Drug Dependence / Abuse / Addiction

Drug addiction, dependence or abuse, sometimes called substance use disorder, is a disease. It affects an individual's brain and behavior, making it so they are unable to control their use of the drug in question. Symptoms of drug dependence include needing more of the drug to get the same effect over time, intense urges for the drug to the point of not being able to concentrate on anything else, spending money that you can't afford on the drug, not fulfilling obligations (work, familial or social) because of drug use, and/or failing in attempts to stop or reduce use of the drug. If you are worried that a loved one may be struggling with drug abuse, some possible indicators include a drop in school or work performance or attendance, a lack of interest in their appearance, increased secretiveness, and/or sudden requests for money. A qualified professional therapist will be able to identify and diagnose drug issues, provide harm reduction support, work with you to create a treatment plan and help you stick to it. Reach out to one of TherapyDen’s drug dependence, abuse and addiction specialists for help today.

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I have a second license and extensive training/experience working with people who would like to challenge their patterns of alcohol and drug use. This includes trainings regarding co-occurring disorders (mental health and addiction), the impact of substance use on the brain, relapse prevention, and motivating change. I am passionate about challenging the shame created through the cultural stereotype of addiction and walking with clients as they chose what changes in their use are best.

— Brandi Solanki, Counselor in Waco, TX

Everyone numbs. If ever there was an Age of Numbing this would be it. As a behavior it almost seems normal now. But only you can know if it's a "problem". Feel trapped, stuck on repeat? Does the numbing work less and less? If you're aware you want a change then please honor that awareness right now. Ask for help. You're not stuck and you do not need to give substance abuse anymore days of your life. Something much better awaits you.

— Rafe Stepto, Psychotherapist in Brooklyn, NY

I have four years of experiencing working with people struggling with addiction and providing support for their loved ones

— Caley Johnson, Associate Clinical Social Worker in Bellingham, WA

Whether you or a loved one is experiencing current or past addiction, or are interested in exploring why consumption or use is present in your life - I am here to support you and provide guidance. I have worked in the addiction and dual diagnosis space across all levels of care (inpatient, detox, residential, partial hospitalization, outpatient, and intensive outpatient).

— Ashley Conner, Clinical Psychologist in Santa Monica, CA

This is an affliction I am well versed in. This knowledge helps me bring additional skills to a session with any client, especially to those trying to recover from substance use. I don’t only listen, but I listen with an understanding and perspective many cannot. In addition, I believe in the power of harm reduction for those that full abstinence does not work and am able to adapt to the need of the individual.

— Brian Marriott-Molloy, Clinical Trainee in New York, NY

Loss of control, surrender of the will to a craving doesn’t have to lead to prolonged suffering. I help renew a sense of “self”. Purpose.

— Sergio Hernández, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Evanston, IL

Addiction and Substance abuse can leave the person suffering depleted and despondent with their repeated use and failures at staying sober. I believe addiction is a disease, but that does not mean there is not hope and a chance for the addict to take the right steps needed in their life to conquer their demons.

— Leon Banister, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Miami, FL

I am a certified drug and alcohol counselor in the state of Pennsylvania. I have helped adults deal with addiction, co-dependency, and co-occurring mental health disorders for over a decade. My belief is that addiction is a diseases and recovery looks different for each individual. Abstinence is a desire long-term goal for treatment as harm-reduction (the practice of reducing the risks involved with substance use) is often the first step.

— Scott Bragg, Licensed Professional Counselor in Paoli, PA

I believe we use substances to meet human needs, and we can’t ask you to be a human without needs. I care about what you want your relationship with substances to look like and how we can get you there. I can help you get clear on what you want if you’re not sure yet or give you tools to cope if you decide substances need to play a smaller role in your life. I believe strongly in harm reduction and multiple paths to recovery.

— Briana Johnson, Counselor

The way I view addictions in general are that they are extremely negative coping skills. My approach is to not focus on the negatives, but rather, utilize your strengths to assist with what you want to improve. My approach of identify, reframe, and maintain is designed to help kick those unhealthy habits. I help you understand and replace those addictive behaviors so that they can regain control of your life, health, and happiness.

— Sarah Steinbrecher, Licensed Master of Social Work in Westerville, OH

I treat all forms of addiction from drug/substance to sex, porn, food or gambling.

— Dr. Thomas O'Malley Psy.D LMFT, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Beverly Hills, CA

I have worked in inpatient and outpatient substance use treatment centers throughout my career as a therapist.

— Crystal Nesfield, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

Whether you feel your relationship with drugs/alcohol is a "problem", or are just questioning the role it has in your life. Exploring the role substances play in your life can be a vulnerable experience with many uncomfortable feelings or memories attached. I have experience working with substance abuse/dependence from both an abstinence and harm reduction framework. My stance is that there is no "right way" to work through this and I fully trust in your ability to decide what is right for you.

— Paul Taruskin, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Berkeley, CA

I have a background in substance use counseling and worked in outpatient and residential programs, as well as harm reduction programs. I helped clients identify and manage triggers that lead to substance use and taught harm reduction techniques and relapse prevention.

— Alisa Ibragimova, Counselor in Forest Hills, NY

I have extensive experience with treating substance use disorders and have worked in both adult and adolescent detox facilities. I have worked with those in recovery in the community as well. I am a Certified Recovery Navigator.

— Kelly Broderick, Clinical Social Worker in Brockton, MA

I am a certified SAP (Substance abuse professional). A SAP evaluates employees who have violated a DOT drug and alcohol program regulation and makes recommendations concerning education, treatment, follow-up testing, and aftercare. The process can take a couple days or more. I am affordable, fast, and do quality work. I offer free SAP services and consultation to people all over the nation.

— Tanya Martinez-Cardenas, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Kyle,, TX

People with undiagnosed or poorly managed ADHD often turn to various substances in order to feel normal. Many times they cross the line into addictive behaviors before they fully understand what is truly going on. I utilize a risk reduction approach to addiction with an emphasis on CBT and smart recovery.

— Jeremy Didier, Clinical Social Worker in Overland Park, KS