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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Includes alcohol use, electronic addiction (video games, internet, phone, and otherwise), opiates, stimulants, cannabis, and other substances.

— Adam Holman, Mental Health Counselor in Tempe, AZ

I have been practing as a Substance Abuse Counselor since 2014. I am trained to treat individuals with co-occuring disorders. I understand the importance of meeting people where they are in the stages of change:precontemplation,contemplation,preparation,action,maintenance. I have been highly trained and experience in Integrated care, Screening,Brief Interventionh,and Referral to Treatment (SBIRT), Medication Assisted Treatment(MAT),IOP, SAIOP. I utilize the Matrix Model. It is researched based.

— Tawanda Bennett, Counselor in Biscoe, NC

I develop a collaborative partnership by respectfully evoking your own motivation and wisdom, knowing change happens on your timeline. I have found that often there is a long history of trauma, understanding trauma theory and how your brain is affected by patterns of chronic stress is key. Other treatments used are Mindfulness Based Relapse Prevention (MBRP) which helps to target negative thought processes, racing thoughts, cravings, and physiological experiences.

— Marissa Harris, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Chicago, IL

I don't believe in labels, stigmas or character defects. My focus areas are Alcohol and Cocaine. I feel it is important to look at what are the pro/con of use and how it helps one feel better. I offer other options aside from the 12 step philospohy including Smart Recovery and Harm Reduction. If one is trying to make a change and has a slip aka "blip in the radar of life". We do not start all over, we look at what was learned with curiosity and start again where we are in the process.

— JENINE LACOE, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor in Tampa, FL

I am a Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor (LCDC) and have worked in the addictions field for many years. I professionally and personally understand the intense struggle with addiction. I am open-minded in regards to solutions. I do not believe "one size fits all" and work collaboratively with my clients to find the best solution for them. Often times chemical dependency is accompanied by other disorders such as anxiety or depression. We can address these together.

— Kim Tayler, Licensed Professional Counselor in , TX

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

My clinical work has involved treating substance abuse populations, and in doing so, I utilized both medication-assisted treatment (MAT) as well as more traditional cognitive behavioral, dialectical behavioral, and psychodynamic therapeutic modalities. I would frequently treat patients with histories of trauma, abuse, and neglect, and have extensive knowledge related to the manifestation of PTSD, especially as related to addictive behaviors.

— Amy Dombrowski, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Brooklyn, NY

I believe that addiction is a disease and I also believe it is a symptom of underlying issues. I work with you to identify the root causes of "picking up" so that you can learn the skills needed to maintain a life of recovery and fulfillment.

— Alisha Teague, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Jacksonville, FL

More often than not, drug addictions start with experimental use of a drug in social situations. And for some people, the drug use becomes more frequent. As time passes, a person may feel the need to use more of a drug to get their desired high, and soon a person may need the drug to simply feel “good." I believe that there are many paths to successful recovery that will work with your goals and desires, and ensure you can make the life changes you want to make.

— Denise Johnson, Addictions Counselor in Asheville, NC

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

With all of life’s stressors, it is no surprise that we often look externally to deal with uncomfortable emotions. Exploring how substance use or abuse plays a role in your life can be challenging but also rewarding. In therapy, the goal is to empower you to reflect on its impact in your life, to make changes you want and need to, and to live a life more closely aligned with your goals.

— Morghan Weber, Licensed Clinical Social Worker - Candidate in Denver, CO

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

I have several years of experience working with refugees, adults, adolescents, couples, groups and families impacted directly or indirectly by substance use. I have worked in inpatient, residential and outpatient settings--all along the continuum of care to improve motivation and facilitate clients in building a solid body of skills they can utilize to maintain a life of sobriety that is fulfilling and sustainable. I am also a certified progressive recovery coach trained to assist families.

— Meira Greenfeld, Psychotherapist in Phoenix, AZ

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

I'm an advocate for harm reduction with lived experience for recovery to be more inclusive through the intersection of trauma, diversity and attachment theory. At my website there is a podcast I'm featured on talking about the intersection of addiction and the LGBTQIA+ community.

— Jey Youngberg, Therapist in Portland, OR

Alcohol and drug addiction is a disorder that not only affects the person using the substance, but also their family and friends who love them. And despite it finally being brought to light by the media in recent years, it still carries a stigma that impedes the patient from seeking treatment. I knew I wanted to specialize in addiction 26 years ago and still feel as passionate and dedicated today.

— Dawn Ginestra, Licensed Professional Counselor in Austin, TX

Addiction can be an ugly beast which devours everything in its path and can seem unstoppable. It is very much a treatable condition though. I previously suffered from addiction when I was younger, but have since overcome this issues and healed the driving forces that originally started me on that path. My life today is healthy, whole, and much more fulfilling as a result. I would love the opportunity to help you achieve the same thing.

— sean sprigle, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in san diego, CA