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

I believe you don’t have an alcohol or drug problem; you have a current solution to your problems. I can help you because I’ve been there. I’m in long-term recovery from addiction, and I know asking for help is one of the strongest things you could ever do. I know what it means to manage the struggles that come with addiction, such as cravings and triggers.

— Adam Krolicki, Psychotherapist in Englewood, CO

Licensed Chemical Dependency Counselor working with people who have problem drug or alcohol use or addictions. Nonjudgemental. Supportive. Will work with or without 12-Step program investment.

— Mary B. Mattis, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Austin, TX

I have experience working with clients who wish to improve their relationship with substances, especially those in the queer community. I employ a harm reduction approach to support clients on their individual journey towards recovery- whatever that means to them.

— Bridge Condron, Student Therapist in Seattle, WA

You may be ready, skeptical, or unsure about psychotherapy being something that can help with addictions, either way is okay. Maybe you want to build a healthier relationship with these behaviors, or maybe you want to completely stop. You may believe that psychological factors contribute or exacerbate the desire to engage in these behaviors. I am experienced in dual-diagnosis, co-dependency, group and individual therapy, and several models of rehabilitation.

— Jason C Zeltser, Psychologist in , CA

I have been treating Alcohol and Drug Addiction that occur with mental health symptoms that for 4 years. I use Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to address triggers and unhelpful thoughts that keep you in the addiction cycle along with strategies to self regulate. In some cases is use EMDR.

— Christina Cunningham, Mental Health Counselor in Colorado Springs, CO

Have you been medicating your life? Burying our problems keeps us sick. Facing them brings us to life. Together we will not only address the substance issues but also the underlying reasons you're stuck so we can get you to a place of happiness and fulfillment. I have worked for over half a decade in addiction treatment and pull from the best of what addiction treatment as to offer as well as my personal experience with addiction.

— Christian Holmes, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Pasadena, CA

The stigma, pain, and chaos that often comes with addiction can make it feel very difficult to seek help. I provide a non-judgmental and safe place to help you find the change you are seeking. I use trauma-informed treatment approaches and evidence-based practices to help you work on your goal, whether that be to reach or maintain abstinence, or to cut down your use, or to explore the role the substance (or the behavior- such as internet use, video games, and gambling) has played in your life.

— Lauren Hadley, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Gatos, CA

I seek to nurture a safe, non-judgmental space for healing. Partnering with me is a chance to practice self-forgiveness and self-acceptance. I want you to understand that addiction is not a choice, but that you are in control of your healing process and you can make a change today. Together, we will identify the core issues driving your alcohol or substance use and build on your strengths to create a recovery plan of action. We will formulate a path towards a healthier and more fulfilling life.

— Wayne Kossman, Licensed Mental Health Counselor in Wilton Manors, FL

Prior to dedicating my private practice to disordered eating, I was both a counselor and clinical manager at a residential substance abuse facility. I am a licensed clinical alcohol and drug counselor and have the training and experience required to help you get off the hampster wheel of addiction. I find most of my clients know exactly what they need to do to get clean, but unfortunately that's where it ends. I can help you identify the motivation and patience to follow through!

— Lauren Ball, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Las Vegas, NV

In addition to being a licensed social worker (LSW) specializing in clinical work, I am also a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC). I embrace an integrated, harm-reduction approach. However, I have a history of working with individuals in all recovery communities and do work with folks who seek complete abstinence as their goal as well. Personally, I believe individuals choose which components work best for them whether its medication-assisted treatment (MAT), the 12-steps, both.

— Brian McCann, Social Worker in Chicago, IL

Substance use can be hard to overcome. My approach with substance use is to first acknowledge what your relationship with substances would look like but using a hard reduction model. From there we will explore the reason for use, how to use safely, and how to obtain the support to stop use depending on your goals. Your recovery time-line is unique to you, and I am here to support you on your journey.

— Cagney Gladin, Addictions Counselor

I'm working toward LCAS certification. I bring in Buddhist teachings as well as other recovery modalities in to support your struggle with addictive behaviors. I believe that the basic philosophy of Buddhism lends itself perfectly to working with addiction-- our suffering is often caused by craving, and that craving is for our experience to be different. I want to help you honor your experience in every moment--just as it is.

— Renee Anderson, Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor Associate in Asheville, NC

My approach to addiction treatment is based on a deep understanding of the complex interplay between biological, psychological, and social factors that contribute to addictive behaviors. I use a personalized treatment approach that takes into account each client's unique needs, preferences, and circumstances. This approach includes evidence-based therapies such as cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), motivational interviewing, and dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), as well as holistic approaches

— Alina Halonen, Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor in Beverly Hills, CA

I am licensed in the state of Montana as an Addiction counselor in addition to a Licensed Clinical Profieicinal Counselor. I worked for seven years in an addiction treatment facility that treats co-occurring disorders. I worked as an inpatient and outpatient therapist at all levels of care providing group and individual counseling.

— Liz Smith, Psychotherapist

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 am licensed in the state of Montana as an Addiction counselor in addition to a Licensed Clinical Profieicinal Counselor. I worked for seven years in an addiction treatment facility that treats co-occurring disorders. I worked as an inpatient and outpatient therapist at all levels of care providing group and individual counseling.

— Liz Smith, Psychotherapist

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