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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Jacqueline "Jaci" Hynes is a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) in the state of Texas. Jaci has experience working in an outpatient setting providing care for individuals on probation, parole, and with parents with CPS cases. Jaci firmly believes in the power of self-compassion, hope, and kindness to self. Jaci sees addiction from a harm-reduction lens and believes in develop an alliance with her clients in their goals related substance use, dependence, and addiction.

— Jacqueline Hynes, Counselor in Princeton, TX

I help women concerned about their relationship with alcohol and other substances find meaning and joy in life again. My clients leave therapy better understanding the root cause of their use and with healthier ways of coping with difficult emotions and experiences. They discover it is possible to release their shame, reconnect with themselves, and lead their lives with more confidence and ease. I have worked with substance use disorders for the last five years and now recovery is possible.

— Maggie Malone, Clinical Social Worker in Marietta, GA
 

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

The way I view addictions in general are that they are really good/bad coping skills. My approach is to not focus on the negatives, but rather, utilize your strengths to concur what you want to improve. My three step approach of identify, reframe, and maintain is designed to help kick those unhealthy habits.

— Noel Tola, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Stuart, FL
 

Trauma informed care, Integrative, CBT, Motivational Interviewing, including a multicultural approach to recovery

— Wendy Howell, Licensed Professional Counselor in Glendale, AZ

I meet you where you're at. My personal philosophy is centered around harm reduction principles where the focus is on your goals. People have diverse reasons for using, and for changing their use. I respect your autonomy while offering support and skills. I've worked in an outpatient addiction recovery program for the past 3 years, and previously worked in a gambling addiction treatment program for 3 years. I am knowledgeable on both chemical and process addictions (gambling, etc).

— Matt McCullough, Licensed Professional Counselor Intern
 

I have years of experience working with clients who are moving through their recovery journey with drugs and/or alcohol. I support a harm-reduction approach. My office is non-judgmental and confidential. I am here to help you reach your own sobriety goals. Client who may have mental health concerns along with substance use concerns are welcome in my office.

— Jessica Butler, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Denver, CO

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
 

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 have worked in inpatient and outpatient substance use treatment centers throughout my career as a therapist. I also take a harm reduction approach to treatment.

— Crystal Nesfield, Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
 

I have spent year working within in-patient and outpatient drug treatment settings. I understand that substance abuse and various addictions are often rooted in unresolved emotions, stress, anxiety and trauma. I have found by working on underlying emotional needs we can work to resolve substance abuse triggers and work toward more long-term sobriety.

— Alison Murphey, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

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 specialize with individuals who suffer from the disease of addiction. I provide psycho-education on the addiction to help the individual better understand their disease and how to combat it. I also work with the client on identifying triggers that increase their potential for relapse. I provide information on how the brain is affected when in active addiction and how to rewire it by challenging negative and irrational thoughts.

— Megan Carmona, Registered Mental Health Counselor Intern in Port Saint Lucie, FL

I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC). I have the training to assist clients who are dealing with Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and the many issues that arise with SUD. The path to overcoming SUD is as unique as the client and I firmly believe that and will work with you to find your path.

— Christopher Seals, Licensed Professional Counselor Associate in Dallas, TX
 

Addictions counseling is a process of building nets of support around you while you shift your harmful coping mechanisms into ways of living that are sustainable. This process includes education, inner work, support system building, and a willingness to keep moving forward honestly. It is not a solo adventure.

— SHANE HENNESEY, Licensed Professional Counselor in Richmond, TX