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 worked in substance use treatment for a number of years. Services were provided in residential treatment, outpatient services and in opioid medication assisted treatment. My caseload has included adolescents, adults, court-ordered individuals, as well as conducting groups.

— Love Singleton, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Cape Coral, FL

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 practice from an integrative harm reduction psychotherapy perspective with regard to substance use and other potentially addictive behaviors. By helping you define what your ideal relationship to substances or addictive behaviors looks like, we can run lots of small experiments to see what helps you get closer to that ideal. I'm also happy to support psychedelic integration and have no predetermined opinion about what your relationship to substances should or could be.

— Robin DeBates, Licensed Clinical Social Worker in Philadelphia, PA

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
 

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 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
 

During graduate school, I completed a specialization in addictions counseling and have experience in performing substance use assessments, group therapy, and individual counseling

— William Ezzelle, Licensed Professional Counselor

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 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, Addictions Counselor in Brockton, MA
 

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

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 Frisco, 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, Associate Professional Clinical Counselor in Denver, CO

I am very familiar with 12 step as well as other modalities for treating addiction. I also have worked in treatment previously and have helped various individuals achieve sobriety

— Eric Katende, Associate Marriage & Family Therapist in Los Angeles, CA

I have worked with many individuals struggling with addiction ranging from being sober for days to 20 years. I work with clients struggling to remain sober but also providing support and education to help the process seem a little bit easier. I help my clients by utilizing DBT and CBT skills to change thought processes and learn positive coping skills to help them fight off cravings. I have worked with clients in detox, hospital programming, and outpatient therapy.

— Stephanie Brands, Clinical Social Worker in Plainfield, IL
 

I specialize in addictions through my master's program at Lewis & Clark. We’ll look at what your goals are concerning substances or behaviors and help you understand the barriers in achieving them.

— Jules Allison, Professional Counselor Associate in Portland, OR

I was the lead counselor at a residential treatment facility for co-occurring disorders for many years, and have experience with all types of addiction and addictive behaviors. I incorporate SMART recovery concepts, Rational Emotive Behavior Therapy and a Person Centered Approach. We will examine your thoughts, feelings and behaviors that lead to an unhealth relationship with substances and work to correct each of those.

— Katherine Pfeiffer, Counselor in Tampa, FL